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Jal Binayak Temple, Chobar,kathmadu, Nepal

The Jal Vinayaka temple, dedicated to Ganesh, is located six km from Kathmandu, near the Chobar defile of the Bagmati, where a suspension-bridge for pedestrians, built in the early 20th century, cross the river.

Ganesha, also known as Jal Vinayaka (the prominent leader), is the elephant-headed Hindu god of wisdom, literature and worldly success.

Ganesha is one of the most popularly worshiped forms of divinity – as a remover of obstacles and the embodiment of good luck, in the Hindu system of beliefs and practices.
Ganesh is known (by various names in different parts of Nepal and India and on different occasions) as the Remover of Obstacles, the god of domestic harmony and of success.
He is the most beloved and revered of all the Hindu gods, and is always invoked first in any Hindu ceremony or festival.

Ganesha is represented as a short, pot-bellied man with an elephant’s head with one tusk, four arms and a yellow skin. His vehicle is a tiny mouse. In his hand he holds a conch shell, a discus, a club/axe and a lotus.

Ganesha, also called Ganapati, is a god of wisdom, prudence and salvation. Ga means “knowledge”, na means salvation”, isa and pati mean “lord”. Ganesha is also said to mean “lord of the ganas”, Shiva’s multitude of attendants. He is also called Vinayak (knowledgeable) or Vigneshwar (God to remove obstacles

The Jal Vinayaka temple, dedicated to Ganesh, is located six km from Kathmandu, near the Chobar defile of the Bagmati, where a suspension-bridge for pedestrians, built in the early 20th century, cross the river.
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The present temple has been constructed in 1603 but the sanctuary is, indeed, much older. Built with a triple roof, its displays on the wood-stalls, various Ganesh forms of different colors, over small erotic images.

Facing the inner sanctuary, a huge rat, perched on a tall rectangular pedestal, looks at the Ganesh representation in the sanctuary.

Here, the god is shown like an unshapped rock. As usual in Nepal, he receives animal sacrifices (poultry). The elephant symbolises devotion, patience and truth.

The Modaka or cake he holds in his trunk indicates that, beneath the outer layer of sordid self, lies the Atman which is sweet and which must be discovered by everyone.

His corpulent figure conveys prosperity. The laddoo’s are meant to reward devotees for spiritual activity. Ganesha rides on a mouse, signifying the unity of the small with the big. Ganesha’s mouse, by gnawing its way through everything, is said to symbolize the god’s ability to destroy all obstacles.

Ganesha is also known as Ekdanta, or the one with one tooth, because one of his tusks is broken. In his upper hands he holds a hook and a noose. The noose is for pulling man along the right path, the hook is for goading forward the recalcitrant. In this manner Ganesha helps us in overcoming obstacles and ensures success.

The fourth hand’s palm is always extended to bless people. Ganesha’s ears, which appear like large winnowing baskets, have a philosophical significance too. Just as one uses a winnowing basket to separate grains from dirt, one must use discrimination (viveka) to separate the real (Brahman) from the unreal (Maya). The snake that runs round his hip is indicative of Energy in all forms.

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