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Hinduism - What Is The Hindu Symbolism Associated With Rats?


Rat  is a religious animal that appears in at least two religious settings.

On the one hand, the rat is known as the elephant-headed deity Ganesh's animal conveyance, reinforcing Ganesh's identity as the Lord of Obstacles.

If Ganesh's elephant head reflects his ability to easily push barriers away, his rat chariot demonstrates a stealthier approach.

Rats are known for their ability to maneuver around barriers, sliding through even the tiniest openings in granaries to reach the grain inside.

They are a good complement to Ganesh's might because of their ability to sneak around and between obstructive things.

Rats are also significant to the goddess Karni Mata's shrine in the hamlet of Deshnok in Rajasthan's state.

Thousands of rats live in the Karni Mata shrine, believing themselves to be Karni Mata's offspring and hence holy animals.

According to legend, when the rats die, they are resurrected as members of the temple's hereditary servants' families, making the rats and temple priests members of the same extended family.

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Hinduism - Who Are The Ganpatya?


Sectarian Hindus who worship the god Ganesh as their major deity are known as Ganpatya.

Ganesh is revered by most Hindus, in part because his role as "Lord of Obstacles" (Vighneshvar) gives him the ability to aid or impede human activities.

He is frequently worshiped as a secondary divinity, however.

The Ganpatyas, on the other hand, revere Ganesh as their principal deity and do not worship any other gods.

The Ganpatyas are mostly found in Maharashtra, where a network of temples centered around Pune and the surrounding town of Chinchvad serves as its holy center.

The Ganpatya sect was formed by Moraya Gosavi in the sixteenth century, who received spiritual initiation via a series of visions of Ganesh.

One of his visions stated that for seven generations, half incarnations of Ganesh will be born in Moraya's household.

See Paul Courtright's Ganesa, 1985, for further details.

Garbhadhana Samskara (Garbhadhana Samskara) is a Sanskrit word that means " The first of sixteen traditional life-cycle rituals (samskaras) held at significant times in one's life.

The Garbhadhana Samskara was done in order to assure a child's conception.

Although various traditions state different days, this ceremony was performed on a specified day after the commencement of the wife's menstrual cycle.

Although there was clearly sexual contact between husband and wife as part of this ceremony, it was intended to provide a holy framework for the act of reproduction as a whole.


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