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  1. Siddhi Vinayaka Temple The Siddhi Vinayaka Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shri Ganesh. It is located in Prabhadevi, Mumbai,Maharashtra. It was originally built by Laxman Vithu and Deubai Patil on November 19, 1801. Though it is one of the richest temples in Mumbai, the current generation of Patil is staying in state of despair near the temple. Siddhi Vinayaka Temple has a small mandap (hall) with the shrine for Siddhi Vinayak ("Ganesh who grants your wish"). The wooden doors to the sanctum are carved with images of the Ashtavinayak (the eight manifestations of Ganesha in Maharashtra). The inner roof of the sanctum is plated with gold, and the central statue is of Ganesha. In the periphery, there is a Hanuman temple as well. The Siddhi Vinayaka Temple evolved from a small, tiny place of worship to the Grand Temple that stands today in the later half of the twentieth century. Temple glory was bought not only by the politicians who frequented the temple but also Bollywood film stars who continuously visit to seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha. Here, Ganpati is shown with four arms holding a lotus flower, an axe, plate of modakas and a garland of beads, in each of his hands respectively. The two consorts of the Lord, Riddhi and Siddhi, adorn the site being placed on the either side of Ganesha. The temple complex also comprises image of Lord Hanuman near the main entrance. On Tuesdays, people come to the Siddhi Vinayaka Temple in large number as it is regarded as the ruling day of Lord Ganesha. Devotees come here long before the opening timings (before dawn) of the Temple, just to ensure that they will get the glimpse of Lord Ganesha. It is believed that Lord Ganesha fulfills all the desires and wishes of his true devotees.
  2. Ganesha Kavacham A Kavach is the armour that a soldier wears for protection. Ganesha kavacham is also known as the Ganapathi Kavacham, Vinayakar Kavacham or Vinayaka Kavacham. The Ganesha Kavacham asks Lord Ganesha to act like a shield or armour and keep away the evils of the world. It is a devotional song that is sung to praise the Lord and his exceptional powers. When one recites this prayer they ask Lord Ganesha to protect them and also to remove all obstacles from their path so that they may have success and prosperity. Lord Ganesha is known to be the supreme symbol of wisdom, prosperity and success and when one recites this prayer and remembers Lord Ganesha with a mind clear of all negativity, Ganesha is said to be appeased and showers his unconditional love upon his followers. The extent to which the mantra shall help you depends totally on the strength of faith. It is through absolute faith and conviction that one can get the maximum benefits. The Ganesha Kavacham recital explicitly requests Lord Ganesha to protect the body, home, assets and overall existence. The chant is for both one’s-self and one’s loved-ones. And since it is a chant, it is available in many languages. The main ones are English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Gujarati, Oriya and Bengali. In Ganesha Kavacham Lord Ganesha is asked to protect each and every body part ranging from eyes, forehead, skin, tongue, ears, nose, face, speech, smile, heart, legs, fingers, arms nails, etc. Ganesha is asked to protect from all directions namely north, south, east and west. He also askedto protect all loved ones, wealth, property, intellect and spiritual life. Choose the language that you want or listen to the enchanting hymns and let your soul take a plunge into the divine world of wisdom of Ganpati. Ganesha Kavacham Salutations to the Lord Let the ever pleasing remover of obstacles protect my head, Let the God who is as great as the sea protect my eyes, Let he who killed the elephant asura protect my hair, And let the leader of Shiva’s army protect my eyes.
  3. The Mudgala Purana is a Hindu religious text dedicated to the Hindu deity Ganesha (Gaṇeśa). It is an upapurāṇa that includes many stories and ritualistic elements relating to Ganesha. The Ganesha Purana and the Mudgala Purana are core scriptures for devotees of Ganesha, known as Ganapatyas (Gāṇapatya). These are the only two Purana that are exclusively dedicated to Ganesha. The Mudgala Purana considers Ganesha to represent the ultimate reality of being. As such, Ganesha's manifestations are endless but eight of his incarnations are of most importance. The eight incarnations are introduced in MudP 1.17.24-28. The text is organized into sections for each of these incarnations. These are not the same as the four incarnations of Ganesha that are described in the Ganesha Purana. The incarnation described in the Mudgala Purana took place in different cosmic ages. The Mudgala Purana uses these incarnations to express complex philosophical concepts associated with the progressive creation of the world. Each incarnation represents a stage of the absolute as it unfolds into creation. Granoff provides a summary of the philosophical meaning of each incarnation within the framework of the Mudgala Purana: Along with the philosophy, typical Puranic themes of battles with demons provide much of the story line. The incarnations appear in the following order: Vakratunda, first in the series, represents the absolute as the aggregate of all bodies, an embodiment of the form of Brahman. The purpose of this incarnation is to overcome the demon Matsaryāsura (envy, jealousy). His mount is a lion. Ekadanta represents the aggregate of all individual souls, an embodiment of the essential nature of Brahman. the purpose of this incarnation is to overcome the demon Madāsura (arrogance, conceit). His mount is a mouse. Mahodara is a synthesis of both Vakratuṇḍa and Ekadanta. It is the absolute as it enters into the creative process. It is an embodiment of the wisdom of Brahman. The purpose of this incarnation is to overcome the demon Mohāsura. His mount is a mouse. Gajavaktra is a counterpart to Mahodara. The purpose of this incarnation is to overcome the demon Lobhāsura (greed). His mount is a mouse. Lambodara is the first of four incarnations that correspond to the stage where the Purāṇic gods are created. Lambodara corresponds to Śakti, the pure power of Brahman. The purpose of this incarnation is to overcome the demon Krodhāsura. His mount is a mouse. Vikata corresponds to Sūrya. He is an embodiment of the illuminating nature of Brahman. The purpose of this incarnation is to overcome the demon Kāmāsura (lust). His mount is a peacock. Vighnaraja, corresponds to Viṣṇu. He is an embodiment of the preserving nature of Brahman. The purpose of this incarnation is to overcome the demon Mamāsura. His mount is the celestial serpent Shesha. Dhumravarna corresponds to Śiva. He is an embodiment of the destructive nature of Brahman. The purpose of this incarnation is to overcome the demon Abhimanāsura. His mount is a mouse.
  4. Every God in Hindu mythology is believed to have different forms or incarnations or avatars. Every avatar symbolises something unique. The elephant-headed God, has displayed himself in 32 forms of Ganesha, each form having special powers and characteristic features. Two shaktis of Ganesha, Siddhi and Riddhi, are often depicted on images of the mighty God’s forms. The 32 forms of Lord Ganesha are as follows: 1. Bala Ganapati 2. Taruna Ganapati 3. Bhakthi Ganapati 4. Vira Ganapati 5. Shakti Ganapati 6. Dwija Ganapati 7. Siddhi Ganapati 8 . Ucchhishta Ganapati 9. Vighna Ganapati 10. Kshipra Ganapati 11. Heramba Ganapati 12. Lakshmi Ganapati 13. Maha Ganapati 14. Vijaya Ganapati 15. Nritya Ganapati 16. Urdhva Ganapati 17. Ekakshara Ganapati 18. Varada Ganapati 19. Tryakshara Ganapati 20. Kshipra Prasada Ganapati 21. Haridra Ganapati 22. Ekadanat Ganapti 23. Sristhi Ganapati 24. Uddanda Ganapati 25. Rinamochana Ganapati 26. Dhundhi Ganapati 27. Dwimukha Ganapati 28. Trimukha Ganapati 29. Sinha Ganapati 30. Yoga Ganapati 31. Durga Ganapati 32. Sankatahara Ganapati In the Every avatar is depicted as a red, golden, blue or white image. The names of these 32 forms of Ganesha suggest what each of them symbolises. For example, ‘Bala’ means child-like,‘Bhakti’ means devotion and ‘Nritya’ means dance and ‘Lakshmi Ganapati’ is the Giver of Success. While some say Ganesha was an unmarried bachelor, others say that he was married to Siddhi (spiritual power) and Buddhi or Riddhi (intellectual power). But Lakshmi Ganapati has two consorts –Saraswati, goddess of culture and arts and Lakshmi, goddess of luck and prosperity. Vighna Ganapati is the Lord of Obstacles. Destruction of obstacles for those who are on their way to glory is one of Ganesha’s important tasks. On the other hand, Bhakti Ganapati is calm. Hence, each name of Ganapati has a specific quality attached to it. From these 32 forms of Ganesha, we can observe that Ganesha switched from one form to another to show his greatness. From being a valiant warrior (Veera Ganapati) to fulfilling his duties as a protector of the weak (Heramba Ganapati) to enforcing Dharma (Uddanda Ganapati), Lord Ganesha has many magical incarnations.Ganesha’s might is displayed through these 32 forms. Even though he was blessed with so many powers and incarnations, he did not misuse them. Instead, he always put them to good use.
  5. Meaning of Ganesha Ganesha emerged as a distinct deity in a clearly recognizable form in the 4th and 5th centuries CE, during the Gupta Period, although he inherited traits from Vedic and pre-Vedic precursors. The meaning of Ganesha and his popularity rose quickly, and he was formally included among the five primary deities of Smartism in the 9th century. Lord Ganesh is a Hindu deity who is quite easy to identify with his elephant head. When Lord Shiva in his ire removed the head of his own son, the inconsolable Devi Pārbati threatened to annihilate the world. In order to placate the grief-stricken Parvati,Shiva immediately asked his envoys to bring back the head of any living creature that facing north. After much searching the ganas, as they were called, found an elephant’s head. Shiva took the head and attached it to ganesha’s body. And so the loyal, loving son was returned to his mother’s lap happy and alive albeit a bit altered. There is a lot behind the meaning of Ganesha and the symbolism inherent in the way mythology has conjured up the image of Ganesha. In order to uncover the meaning of Ganesha one must look beyond the obvious and understand the symbolisms behind Ganesha. First of all let us take a look at the trunk itself. It is really a versatile appendage. Not only is it all-powerful with the ability to wreath destruction in its worst form but it can also get on with delicate tasks with finesse. The extra-large ears of Ganesha are for hearing with any problems everything that his devotees ask. Besides his trunk and his large ear, there are four hands holding separate items. There is a lotus, a hatchet, a Modak and the fourth hand is held up palm forward in the form of a blessing. The vahana or vehicle of Ganesha is a rat. By riding a rat, Ganesha shows himself as a wise man who has been able to control all his senses and has emerged victorious. Ganesha the elephant equals dignity and maintaining a cool head in any situation. When we gradually uncover the meaning of Ganesha a lord with calm and even happy disposition comes to mind, with wisdom and intellect shining through.
  6. Wives of Ganesha In Indian mythology there are so many stories about Ganesha that determining his proper marital status is quite difficult and may easily be considered as a subject eligible for scholarly reviews. There are some myths that depict Ganesha as a confirmed bachelor – a bramhachari without any consort. While there are also some stories that show Riddhi and Siddhi as the wives of Ganesha – known as the goddesses of prosperity and spiritual powerrespectively. As per Mudgala Purana and Ganesha purana the wives of Ganesha, Riddhi and Siddhi are born from the mind of Bramha – the creator of the universe and were offered to Ganesha as his consorts by the creator himself. Ganesha accepted them as his wives and in many part of north Indiathey accompany Ganesha but there is actually no rituals associated with Shakti worship to worship them. The story that relates Riddhi and Siddhi as lord Ganesha’s wife is quite interesting and fascinating at the same time. As Ganesha has an elephant head on his shoulders no girl was ready to marry him and the absence of a consort made him really angry. Out of frustration Ganesha started to create problems in the marriages of other demigods and asked his rat to dig up the path though which their marriage procession will pass. The demigods faced innumerable hardship to reach their bride’s houses and ultimately complained to Brahma who took the responsibility of solving the problem. To bring the situation under control Brahma created two beautiful women Riddhi and Siddhi to become the wives of Ganesha and Ganesha was ultimately satisfied with the offerings. In Hindu pantheon Riddhi is the goddess of wealth and prosperity and Siddhi stands for intellectual and spiritual powers – the ultimate goal of this mortal world and the means of achieving that. Anybody who satisfies Ganesha with his devotion and prayer are also blessed by the wives of Ganesha and can attain every success in their life. in Riddhi and Siddhi Ganesha had two sons – Subha the auspicious and labha, the profit. Ganesha has also one daughter – Santoshi Mata or the goddess of satisfaction. There is another story describing the wives of Ganesha and their marriage and that is both Ganesha and his brother Kartikeya were rivals for marrying Siddhi and Riddhi. In order to decide who will get their hands a race was arranged in which both of them were to circle the globe and who comes first will get the twin girls. Promptly Kartikeya went away riding his peacock. But instead of following him Ganesha started circling round his parent lord Shiva and goddess Parvathi and when asked why he did so he said that his parents were the universe in themselves and by circling around his parents he has circled around the universe. No one even the great scholar Narada had any answer to this and thus there was no other way but to marry him with the twin girls Riddhi and Siddhi. When Kartikeya returned home Ganesha was already married and Kartikeya had to satisfy himself by listening to stories of how he lost to greater wisdom and intelligence.
  7. Ganesha Mantras Shree Ganesh Ashtottaram is the stotram that tells us the 108 Ganesha mantras to invoke the Lord of Wisdom. It is believed that this ashtottaram is very dear to Lord Ganesha and by reciting this ashtottaram one can get the desired results. The remover of all obstacles and all problems, the one who gives the phalam (results) of all the work done, the one who gives all types of siddhi (wealth); I bow to the Lord who is the Leader of those who cannot be led by anyone. Ganesha is the Lord of wisdom and prosperity. He gives boons to his devotees and fulfill their desires. He is also known as the remover of all obstacles. Ganesha is the Lord who can be easily pleased with devotion and love. He will ward off all your problems and all evils that are in your life. To please Ganpati there are many Ganesha mantras in all Upanishads,Puranas and Vedas (Holy scriptures of Hindus). Many of them are easily accessible, but here we are giving those mantras which are also called as Ganesha Sarvabhishta Siddhi Mantram). These Ganesha mantras give prosperity and fulfill all your desires. Lord Ganesha blesses his worshippers with all the amenities and prosperity: The Lord among all who are born in the mountains. The one who holds lotus flowers in his hands. The one who is considered to be the God among elephants. The one who is the slayer of elephants, The one who stays at many places. Pause. The one who is for his devotees. The one who is one tusked. I worship and pray to him. The one who uses the mouse as his chariot. The one who holds modakas (sweet delicacies) in his hands. The one who has pitch black ears. The one who wears Janeu (holy thread). The one who is dwarfish in his appearance. The son of Lord Shiva. The remover of obstacles and problems. I offer my sincere namaskaram (prayers) to you. Uchishtha Ganesh Sadhna is often called as the “Quintessence of all Ganesha Mantras”. We can pray to the Auspicious deity any time, no particular Lunar day or propitious time is needed. Rishi Munis (sages) had written in many Ganesh Scriptures, that Ganesha’s worship is to be done while eating fruits or his favorite modaks (laddoos). This chanting of mantras is also known as “Mantra Japa”. To gain Siddhi (prosperity) or desired results from this mantra Japa, one should at least chant these 16,000 times. The influential Ganesha mantras that can help everyone to achieve success in life is as follows. The person who does the recitation of Atharva Shirsham becomes an exceptional orator. The person who fasts on the fourth lunar moon becomes a learned and knowledgeable person. These are the words of the famous saint Atharva. The illusion of the most divine power of the world will make one fearless and strong.
  8. Ganesha Symbolism The elephant headed God from Hindu mythology has many symbolism. And it is by studying Ganesha symbolism that we begin to understand what the sages of yore were telling us, how to improve our lives for the better. He is the omnipotent and omniscient deity. He holds the reins of power. His teachings show the way to a better life. And it is up to every person to find their own perfect way and in turn lead their lives to the best of their abilities. Many believe that Ganesha was a formless deity, the be all and end all of every creation. The conjuring up of the elephant shape was simply for the benefit of his followers. Ganesha symbolism represents both the beginning and the end of consciousness. In this chaotic universe it is his supreme energy, which brings the order we see around us. Ganesha symbolism represents effortlessness and wisdom in all forms. The head of the elephant is large, which signifies the highly developed intellect. The elephant is a highly intelligent animal one that believes in taking any problem head on. And this is what people have to learn from this mysterious yet affable lord. When you are looking for the perfect art of living, represented by lord Ganesha, the very first thing one must learn is to remain unmoved in the face of challenges. Life is full of difficulties and hindrances but those who succeed, do so with sheer will power. This strength lies in the inner reaches of every human being. This latent energy is what Ganesha represents. Knowledge is useless without the effort of putting it into use and vice versa. Ganesha symbolism stands for both, the power of knowledge and the power of hard work. These two must go hand-in-hand to have a pleasing conclusion. While worshiping this all-powerful deity devotees seek the boon of calm determination, one that will help them through various challenges in life. The big belly of this god signifies generosity, towards the other gods and towards Ganesha’s devotees. The elephant tusk represents Ganesha’s single mindedness in all endeavors, which ultimately leads to success on all fronts. Ganesha rides the incongruous mouse, which is an extremely clever animal. The mouse represents the greed in the world that human beings are driven by. Keeping the mouse under him symbolises the control of this greed. By understanding this Hindu deity, it is possible for one to attain success and fulfilment in every aspect of life. Ganesha symbolism is the teacher who teaches the art of living to all the devotees.
  9. Ucchi Pillayar koil, Pillayar temple, is a 7th-century Hindu temple, one dedicated to Lord Ganesh located a top of Rockfort, Trichy, Tamilnadu, India. Mythologically this rock is the place where Lord Ganesh ran from King Vibishana, after establishing the Ranganathaswamy deity in Srirangam. The RockFort temple stands 83m tall perched atop the rock. The smooth rock was first cut by the Pallavas but it was the Nayaks of Madurai who completed both the temples under the Vijayanagara empire. Pillayar temple is mystic in its nature with an awe-inspiring rock architecture. The Ganesh temple is much smaller with an access through steep steps carved on the rock and provides a stunning view of Trichy, Srirangam and the rivers Kaveri and Kollidam. Due to its ancient and impressive architecture created by the Pallavas, the temple is maintained by the Archaeological department of India. The Rock Fort temple complex in Tiruchirappalli is a collection of three temples – the Manikka Vinayaka temple at the foot of the hill, the Uchhi Pillayar Koyil at the top of the hill and the Taayumaanava Koyil (Shivastalam) on the hill. This Shivastalam is a rock cut temple on a hill in the most prominent landmark in Tiruchirappalli (Trichy); reached by a flight of steps on the way to the famous Ucchi Pillaya temple. Pillayar temple is located on the peak of the Rock Fort hill. The shrine is at a height of 273 ft and you have to climb over 400 steps to reach the pinnacle. One has to cross Sri Thayumanavar temple, which is located half way to the peak. Though the climb is a bit difficult, the soothing cool breeze gears up our energy to climb without much strain. A panoramic view of the entire Thiruchi and Srirangam Temple from the Uchi Vinayakar temple is just amazing.
  10. Richmond Hill Temple near Toronto, Canada, is the biggest of its kind in North America! This is where would you see such an ensemble of Hindu Deities, attended to by highly dedicated and qualified priests in a very traditional way, much akin to some of the famous temples in South India / Sri Lanka. The Richmond Hill Temple is in fact three temples in one, for it has three deities with their own respective main altars (“moola sthaanas”) and individual towers visible from the outside. The temple was originally conceived to be built as a Siva-Vishnu temple with two main altars, one for Sri Muruga, and the other for Sri Venkateshwara. Since it is always customary to have a Lord Ganesa’s altar first so as to get the temple project moving forward smoothly, the icon of Lord Ganesa was the first one to arrive. In 1987-88, the main complex was designed and the construction commenced with lots of volunteers supporting the project, which resulted in significant cost reduction. The services in the main temple started with the installation of Lord Muruga in his present abode, on 2nd July 1988. The overall design was done by the well known Mr. V.Janakiramana Sthapathi, who hails from the same architect family that built the famous Big Temple in Tanjavur in South India during the Chola period. He had designed and helped build the Temple with his team of sculptors, with consultations and advice from many religious experts and leaders including the Senior Sankaracharya of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam. The beauty and the greatness of the fine artwork are beyond description and can be appreciated only by a personal visit and experience. The Richmond Hill Temple complex is said to be the largest Hindu Temple in North America built and run under the Agama Sastra traditions as specified in the scriptures.
  11. Ganesha Prayers Lord Ganesha is one of the most prominent deities in Hinduism. Ganesha has the unique distinction that his name is always invoked before any other God’s name in any prayer service. Legend has it that Lord Ganesha received this distinction as a blessing from his parents, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Lord Ganesha is designated as the chief of all of Lord Shiva’s ganas – hence his name, Ganesha. Ganesha Prayers of supplication are requests, pleadings or entreaties presented to the Deity in the spirit of personal surrender and loving devotion. Something specific is being asked for, a specific problem is being laid at the Lord’s Holy Feet. Such supplications to the one-tusked Lord are given unconditionally, with full trust that He will do what is best for us, though not necessarily what we might think is best. Ganesha Prayers for prosperity is based on the word, gam, which is the beej mantra for Lord Ganesha. We ask for good fortune and many blessings and wishes for our current and future life-times. We bow in homage to Lord Ganesha who protects us with long lives of health and happiness. The Ganesha Gayatris are prayers to Lord Ganesha that are composed in the 24-syllable meter of the original Gayatri Mantra. Several variations of the Gayatri can be composed by invoking the various descriptive names of Ganesha in the appropriate place(s) of the original mantra…. …..”We pray to the supreme and perfect male who is omnipresent. We meditate upon and pray for greater intellect to the Lord with the curved, elephant-shaped trunk. We bow before the one with the single-tusked elephant tooth to illuminate our minds with wisdom”…. As we come to know God Ganesha better, our communication with Him will take on more the spirit of talking with one’s intimates, parents or close friends, and our own spontaneous words may mix freely with formal prayers. Invocations are chants and prayers by which we “invoke” the presence of the Deity. The God is being called. The God and the devotee are being brought together, in touch. Ganesha Prayers of invocation often sing out the greatness of the Deity, His known attributes and qualities. Vedic rishis and holy sages of olden times were masters of invocation. Ganesha Prayers can be used at any time to make us aware of our being in the mind of Lord Ganesha.
  12. Ganesha Purana is a Hindu religious text dedicated to the Hindu deity Ganesha. It is an upapurāṇa that includes many stories and ritualistic elements relating to Ganesha. The Ganesha Purana and the Mudgala Purana are core scriptures for devotees of Ganesha, known as Ganapatyas. These are the only two Purana that are exclusively dedicated to Ganesha. Ganesha Purana asserts its status as one of the eighteen upapuranas in its opening lines. The Purana specifies many methods of worship, key beliefs, and philosophical positions of the Ganapatya sect. The contents of the Ganesha Purana are difficult to summarize because they include a variety of stories and devotional material. The general purpose of the work can be inferred from this set of questions that Vyāsa puts to Brahmā in the tenth chapter of the first Book Ganesha Purana four Ganesh incarnations came on earth during the different yuga’s, in order to fight the demons. They are : Mahotkata with ten arms, seated on a lion, shining like the sun, came during the Krita Yuga to kill the demons Narântak and Devântak. White-colored Shri Mayureshvar with six arms, riding the peacock, faced the demon Sindhu during the Treta Yuga. Red-colored Shri Gajânana with four arms, mounted on his rat, destroyed the demon Sindur during the Dwapara Yuga. Dhûmraketu is the form of Ganesh who will come in the future; we are now living in the Kali Yuga. Two-arms and smoke-colored Dhûmraketu will ride on a blue horse; he will fight all the devils to restore peace and harmony in the world. Ganesha Purana is divided into two sections: 1. The Upasanakhanda or “section on devotion” has 92 chapters 2. The Kridakhanda or”section on the divine play” has 155 chapters. What do you think about this article? Let us know your comments and opinions > Ganesha Purana
  13. Ganesha Kavacham Kavacham means Armour. It implies protection. Reciting the Kavacham / Kavach Stotram is a practical way of Requesting the Lord’s Protection. Ganesha Kavacham is also Known as Vinayakar Kavacham and Vinayaka Kavacham. Ganesha Kavacham is a great devotional song in praise of Lord Ganesha. Devotees of Lord Ganesha recite the Ganesha Kavacham hymn to protect them. Ganesha Kavacham explicitly requests Lord Ganesh’s protection for every body part of human body and for life, home, loved ones, assets and one’s very existence. It can be called as a prayer made to the god Ganesh for protecting our body and removing obstacles from our life. Lord Ganesha is known to be the supreme symbol of wisdom, prosperity and success and when one recites this prayer and remembers Lord Ganesha with a mind clear of all negativity, Ganesha is said to be appeased and showers his unconditional love upon his followers. The extent to which the mantra shall help you depends totally on the strength of faith. Ganesh devotees should recite the Ganesha kavacham hymn and ask Lord Ganesh to protect them..... Bhaktha palaka Sarvangam, Rakshaa sampanna varada, Chanda marthanda nayakam, sarva shakthi pradha thaaram. ... Let all my body be protected by he who cares for his devotees, And let me provided protection by the giver of riches, The lord of Wind and Sun and he who gives all powers....
  14. Ganesha — the elephant-deity riding a mouse — has become one of the commonest mnemonics for anything associated with Hinduism. This not only suggests the importance of Ganesha, but also shows how popular and pervasive this deity is in the minds of the masses. The Lord of Success The son of Shiva and Parvati, Ganesha has an elephantine countenance with a curved trunk and big ears, and a huge pot-bellied body of a human being. He is the Lord of success and destroyer of evils and obstacles. He is also worshipped as the god of education, knowledge, wisdom and wealth. In fact, Ganesha is one of the five prime Hindu deities (Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and Durga being the other four) whose idolatry is glorified as the panchayatana puja. Ganesha is a word derived from the Sanskrit roots gana, meaning "the hosts, multitudes or troops of demigods, especially the retinue of Lord Shiva, under the rule of Ganesha" and isha, meaning "ruler, lord or sovereign". This is virtually synonymous with the word Ganapati. Ganesha symbolized the unity of the primeval forest denizen with man, the majesty of the elephant combining the physical energy of the Homo sapiens, embodying the qualities like royalty, benignity, prudence and compassion. The worshipper of Ganesha adores not the figure but the qualities symbolized by the elephant's head. The Lord of Success is also the destroyer of vanity, selfishness and pride. He is the personification of material universe in all its various magnificent manifestations. "All Hindus worship Ganesha regardless of their sectarian belief," says D N Singh in A Study of Hinduism. "He is both the beginning of the religion and the meeting ground for all Hindus." The devotees of Ganesha are known as 'Ganapatyas', and the festival to celebrate and glorify him is called Ganesh Chaturthi. You can also find the article about The Lord of Success here > http://theganeshaexperience.com/ganesha-the-god-of-success
  15. Female Ganesha In Hinduism every divine being has the male as well as the female form. That is, every divine deity has a male and female avatar signifying the circle of life. The male avatar denotes the mental state of power while the female avatar denotes the physical state of power or ‘shakti’. Continue reading about Female Ganesha here > Female Ganesha Avatar
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