HINDUISM: ARTIFACTS AND FOOD
Vajra is a Sanskrit word meaning both "thunderbolt" and "diamond". Physically the vajra is shaped like a double-ended flower bud or club. In Hinduism, the Vajra is the powerful weapon of the king of the gods, Indra. The vajra is a powerful weapon having the combined features of sword, mace, and spear. It was created out of hard thigh bones of sage Dadhichi who gave up his life willingly for a noble cause so that his spine could be used to build the weapon. This was the weapon that Lord Indra used to kill Vritrasura who had conquered heaven and terrorized the gods.
The meaning of mandala comes from Sanskrit meaning "circle." Even though it may be dominated by squares or triangles, a mandala has a concentric structure. Mandalas offer balancing visual elements, symbolizing unity and harmony. The meanings of individual mandalas are usually different and unique to each mandala. The goal of the mandala is to serve as a tool on our spiritual journey as it symbolizes cosmic and psychic order.
He is the destroyer of vanity, selfishness, pride and is the remover of obstacles. He also is the symbol of abundance since there is nothing stopping you between you and your ideal. He is the personification of material universe in all its various magnificent manifestations. Many Hindus have a statue, painting or symbol to assist in praying to Ganesh at some time in their day.
NAAN [nahn] (FOOD ASPECT)
The Naan originates from India but is today eaten in most types of South Asian restaurants and homes around the globe. The first recorded history of Naan can be found in the notes of the Indo-Persian poet Amir Kushrau in 1300 AD. Naan was originally cooked at the Imperial Court in Delhi. During the Mughal era in India from around 1526, Naan accompanied by keema or kebab was a popular breakfast food of the royals.
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