He is snow-white with four tusks
and seven trunks.
According to Hindu mythology, Airvata is
the ancestor of all elephants, a rainmaker
and the keeper of global law and order.
Indra, the thunder god, rides Airavata.
One of the best known Hindu deities.
He is accompanied by a rat and he
removes all obstacles.
According to myth, Ganesha’s head
turned into ashes when
god Sani looked at him.
Then Shiva, Ganesha’s father, cut off the
head of an elephant and placed it on the
shoulders of his son.
Large ears: listens to others
Small mouth: talks less
Small eyes: concentration and foresight
Trunk: high efficiency and adaptability
Big belly: peacefully digests all good and
bad in life
Axe: protects and cuts all bonds of
Rope: to pull you near the truth
Uneaten sweets: do not let material
pleasures distract you
Mouse: desires, keep them under control
According to Buddists and Hindus,
elephants convey messages to gods
regarding lack of rain.
Queen Maya, Buddha’s mother,
dreams that a white elephant touches
her with a white lotus flower.
Buddha’s soul is reincarnated in the
white elephant and penetrates her
body. Queen Maya becomes pregnant
and gives birth to Buddha.
In Buddhism, the elephant is a
symbol of mental strength. When
someone begins practicing, the
uncontrolled mind is symbolized by
a grey elephant who runs wild and
destroys everything in its way. After
taming, the mind is under control
and is symbolised by a white
powerful elephant, who can be
directed wherever one wishes and
destroys all obstacles in its way.