Who is Ganesh & how can you offer him?
Ganesh is a Hindu deity who is honoured as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences, and the god of beginnings.
You may have noticed Ganesh in The Lodge Space already, outside Studio 1 and at our Café Counter and you may even have noticed some of our team and community giving offerings to Ganesh, such as a flower. This is to show your devotion and gratitude to him.
Touching Ganesh's foot after the offering is a way to show respect and seek blessings from the deity. It is believed that Ganesh's foot is a symbol of the path that leads to enlightenment. In Hinduism, touching someone's feet is seen as a sign of respect and by touching Ganesh's feet, you are seeking his blessings.
After touching the feet of Ganesh, it is customary to bring the same hand to your forehead or chest, to symbolise the receiving of the blessings of the deity. This gesture is known as "Charana Sparshan” and is a sign of respect and gratitude towards Ganesh.
The next time you’re waiting for your coffee or to enter your class you’re welcome to refer to this post and have a moment for yourself with Ganesh.
Remember, the most important thing in the devotion is the intention behind the offering. It is not the value or quantity of the offering that matters, but the sincerity in which you have devoted.
Earth: Leaves/ Flower/ Fruit
Fire/ Air: Light a Candle / Incense (ask the team)
Sound: Chant a Mantra under your breath
We hope to see you soon, friend.
The Lodge Space Team, xo