Ganesh Chaturthi – the formless takes shape

Every year there are Millions of Ganesha Statues immersed into the ocean. But why into the sea? Generally Hindus worship the formless, but in order to reach out to a wider audience the formlessness is given form by making Ganesha Idols of clay and water. These formless forms are then offered to the sea the primordial element – water. The formlessness giving way to form and then moving again towards formlessness.

Ganesha is also known as the remover of obstacles and is represented in the element earth. Offering earth to earth symbolises the purification of mind and soul and to give unwanted thoughts and desires into the sea brings the worshipper closer to attain immortality, known as Moksha, or the formless state where everything becomes one and nothing.

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