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In the images (statues and paintings) Ganesha is usually represented with the body of a child-baby, chubby, with four arms... it sounds familiar, right? Well, each of these details has a symbology and a why. Let's analyze the representation of it:

• ELEPHANT'S HEAD: symbolizes wisdom and knowledge, as it is known that elephants are highly intelligent animals.

• BIG EARS: to listen attentively to the prayers of his devotees

•SMALL EYES: to be more concentrated and see below appearances.

• SMALL MOUTH: to talk less and think more

• BROKEN FANG: of the two fangs he always appears with one of them broken. It is said that he used it to fill it with ink and with it help the sage Viasa to write the Mahabarata, the most important epic of Hinduism.

• BIG BELLY: Ganesha's voluminous gut represents generosity and total acceptance. It is also said that it is to digest both pleasant and painful experiences calmly.

• FOUR ARMS: often depicted with four arms (even in some more images) as a symbol of divinity in a human body. We all have something divine in us.

• AXE: in his hands he usually carries some accessory, it is very common to see him with an ax to cut all the obstacles that arise and open paths.

• DISH WITH SWEETS: in the images of Ganesha it is usual to see him with a tray of sweets, either in his hands or on the ground to one side. These sweets are typical in India and are called "modakas", they are a reward for hard work and also symbolize the virtue of giving and sharing.

• MOUSE: in the images Ganesh always appears with a mouse, either at his feet or we can see him riding on it (using it as a vehicle). The mouse represents the mundane desires of man who, like a mouse, can enter any corner of our mind and Ganesha's ability to dominate and control it. For uncontrolled desire causes chaos.

• STANDING ON ONE FOOT: he is represented as standing on one foot, keeping the other in the air, which means that we must have one foot in the earthly world and the other in the spiritual life.
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