Week #1: Saraswati: Divine Consciousness
Saraswati celebrates the free flow of Wisdom and Consciousness. In Hinduism, Saraswati represents intelligence, consciousness, cosmic knowledge, creativity, education, enlightenment, music, the arts, eloquence and power.
Week #2: Ganesh: Teacher with the Elephant Head
Ganesh is the most popular statue in India. The Hindus have many stories about Ganesh that are shared with their families. Over the centuries, some of the stories have varied but Ganesh is always shown with an elephant’s head and one tusk. Ganesh is often shown riding with a rat or with a rat as his feet. These symbolize wisdom and overcoming adversity. Each Hindu home has a statue of Genesh as he represents success and removal of adversity.
Week #3: Vishnu and Laxmi: Bringing Good Luck
The Hindu mythology continues with the marriage of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi. Both provide us with protection and channels for enhancing our lives. Vishnu is the protector of all mankind and represents creation. Laxmi is the goddess of wealth. They are both connected with the lotus flower. The lotus represents our awakening to the spiritual reality of life. Vishnu and Laxmi statues are present in homes and businesses and bring good luck and abundance.
Week #4: Shiva: God of Transformation
Shiva represents fortune, goodness, favor and promise. Hindus practice rituals symbolizing spiritual knowledge, purity and penance (the spiritual practice of Yoga). Yoga is integral to the Hindu way of life and promotes self-contemplation, good physical health and good mental health. Shiva is sometimes called the Auspicious One. He is the god of fortune, goodness, favor and promise.