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Lord Ganesh in Nature

Lord Ganesh, known as the god of wisdom and the intellect, is a beloved deity in Indian culture. Lord Ganesh’s distinctive form includes a human body, a full and round belly, four arms, and an elephant head with bright eyes, large ears, and a long trunk. He is the lord of new beginnings, and he grants spiritual attainments. For all those who call on him, he grants the strength to remove obstacles on the path of life and in sadhana.

This gallery depicts Lord Ganesh as he manifests in natural formations. People from many parts of the world have submitted these images. In each case, the photographer has perceived an aspect of Lord Ganesh’s form within the natural environment.

As you view this gallery, you may become more aware of the presence of the benevolent energy of Lord Ganesh in the world around you. In this way, you will naturally open to receive his darshan and to experience his many qualities and blessings throughout your day.


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Contemplating the pictures of Lord Ganesh in nature quieted my mind and my breath. I felt the rhythm of my being becoming attuned, step by step, with the rhythm of nature. And by taking this time, I could feel myself honoring Lord Ganesh, and Lord Ganesh honoring me.

Paris, France

I loved these images of Ganesh! I have always looked for faces in designs, so I had a smile on my face the whole time. It was so much fun to see, like a treasure hunt of sorts. I noticed that I sensed a smile on all the elephant faces as well as a gentleness. I felt joy in my being!

Pennsylvania, United States

I looked through these images very slowly, not moving on until I had found Lord Ganesh in each one. As I engaged in this practice, I felt the great kindness, fun, gentleness, sweetness, and unfailing help that Lord Ganesh brings to my life and to my awareness whenever I am reminded of him.

London, United Kingdom

I was recently walking upon some very old lava rock. It had such a beautiful texture, much like the skin of an elephant. This led to a sense of walking on sacred ground, and I imagined I was walking upon the holy back of Lord Ganesh himself! Later, when I viewed the invitation to share images of Lord Ganesh in Nature, pure joy welled up in my heart.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for teaching us to look to nature with reverence and delight.

New York, United States

I was delighted to see this new series of photos of Lord Ganesh in nature. While trying to find Lord Ganesh in the various images, I felt joy and a childlike energy surged in my being. It also gave me this insight: sometimes it is difficult to understand other people’s perspective or to see what others see right away.

Ganeshpuri, India

How excellent and wonderful to see Lord Ganesh in nature! I took great delight both in seeing him in pictures where his image was more obvious, and in finding him hiding in others.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for opening my heart so that I can experience so much joy and love.

Oregon, United States

Finding Lord Ganesh in the nature images fills me with delight. Sometimes it takes a while for his form to reveal itself. As soon as I see it, though, spontaneous laughter arises. How delightful he is! How fun-loving! I feel he is playfully teaching me a lesson—the Truth is always there, I just have to open my eyes to it. 

Melbourne, Australia

I’ve never seen such detail in a cloud before! It is indeed Lord Ganesh! Flying Lord Ganesh, no less! I think he is flying to me, to remove obstacles from my mind so I may experience Gurumayi’s Message more constantly!

Colorado, United States