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Om Ganapataye Namaha!

 

Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha!

Lord Ganesha, also known as Sri Ganesh ji, is one of the most revered and widely worshipped deities in Hinduism. He is considered the Lord of Beginnings, the Remover of Obstacles, and the God of Wisdom and Intellect.

Lord Ganesha is depicted with the head of an elephant and a human body. He is often shown with a big belly, multiple arms, and holding various symbolic objects. His vehicle (vahana) is a small mouse, which represents the triumph over desires and the ability to go unnoticed while accomplishing tasks.

Ganesha is worshipped before the start of any auspicious occasion or new venture, as it is believed that he bestows blessings for success and removes obstacles from the path. His blessings are sought by people from various backgrounds and religions.

The most popular story associated with Lord Ganesha is his birth. According to Hindu mythology, Goddess Parvati created Ganesha out of the sandalwood paste while she was taking a bath. She made him as her son and asked him to guard the entrance while she was inside. When Lord Shiva, Parvati’s husband, tried to enter, Ganesha stopped him as he didn’t recognize him. Enraged by this, Lord Shiva severed Ganesha’s head. Upon seeing this, Parvati was distraught, and Lord Shiva promised to bring Ganesha back to life by replacing his head with the first living being he could find, which happened to be an elephant. This is how Ganesha got his elephant head.

Ganesha is worshipped in various forms and festivals, with Ganesh Chaturthi being one of the most significant celebrations dedicated to him. It is a ten-day festival that typically falls between August and September, during which Ganesha idols are installed in homes and public places. Devotees offer prayers, perform rituals, and engage in joyful celebrations, culminating in the immersion of the Ganesha idols in water bodies.

People seek Lord Ganesha’s blessings for success in endeavors, wisdom, and overcoming obstacles in life. He is regarded as a compassionate and benevolent deity who grants boons to his devotees with his divine grace.

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