Elemental representaion of Ganesa

    Ganapati is not only the triple-form (Tri-murti) of the Generator/creator (Brahma), the Operator/sustainer (Vishnu) and the Destroyer/dissolver(Siva),i.e. GOD, but also the embodiment of the four stages of speech (Para, Pasyanti, Madhyama, Vaikhari); he is the mysterious Kundalani sakti (the cosmic energy that lies coiled within the individual); he is the embodiment of everything, both finite and infinite.

    From diagrams, we meet the inspiration for the Tantric  geometric representations of Ganesa in the form of the five elements (Mahabhutas). The earth, the grossest of the five elements, is represented by a rectangle forming the base (seated, with crossed legs). Water is depicted by a circle (his round belly), fire by a triangle (his trunk, mouth and upper trunk), air by a crescent (his third eye) and space by a flame (his true Self). This "elemental" stupa is claimed to be both the source of Ganapati iconography and the prototype of the Tantric worship of the Divine is in the form of triangles, hexagons, lines and so forth, with each element represented by design. As such, Ganesa is conceived of as an embodiment of all the five elements. Further, in Tantric worship, the earth is represented and controlled by Siva, water by Ganesa, fire by Sakti, air by Surya and space by Vishnu. This may also be thought of as the bridge that connects Vedic worship (employing only the natural elements) and Puranic pujas wherein the elements have condensed into solid images (Murtis).

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