Monday, September 22, 2008

Ganesha, Lord of Knowledge

This is Ganesha, logo of ITB (Institut Teknologi Bandung, Institute of Technology Bandung). In Hindu deities, He is the Lord of knowledge, Lord of success. Ganesha's head symbolizes the ultimate supreme reality of human existence, and his human body signifies the earthly existence of human beings. The elephant head denotes wisdom. In his upper right hand Ganesha holds a mala (rosary) suggests that the pursuit of knowledge should be continuous. His upper left hand holds axe which helps him propel mankind forward on the eternal path and remove obstacles from the way.
The broken tusk that Ganesha holds like a pen in his lower right hand is a symbol of sacrifice, which he broke for writing the knowledge.

The statue of this stoned Ganesha is located in the front of ITB main gate.

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