Ganesha is one of the famous and greatly worshiped deities in Hinduism. The main identity of Ganesha is his elephant like head. It is known that Ganesha is the eldest son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

Ganesha or Ganapati is the leader of the Shivaganas (the forces of Shiva). He is the first among the gods to receive all the honors. He is called Vighnaraja, or Vighneswara, lord of the obstacles and impediments. Devout Hindus worship him for removal of obstacles. Before starting any particular venture or worshiping other gods, they remember Ganesha, their beloved god. The only exception to this rule is when Shiva is worshiped. When you worship the father there is no need to worship the son separately because the son is always found in the heart of his father. So when Shiva is worshiped Ganesha is kept in the sidelines.

Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chathurthi Celebrations - Lord Ganesha

Festivals associated with Ganesh are Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi in the Shuklapaksha (the fourth day of the waxing moon) in the month of Bhadrapada (August/September) and the Ganesh Jayanti (Ganesha’s birthday) celebrated on the Chaturthi of the Shuklapaksha (fourth day of the waxing moon) in the month of magha (January/February).

An annual festival honors Ganesha for ten days, starting on Ganesha Chaturthi, which typically falls in late August or early September. The festival begins with people bringing in clay idols of Ganesha, symbolising Ganesha’s visit. The festival culminates on the day of Ananta Chaturdashi, when idols (murtis) of Ganesha are immersed in the most convenient body of water. Some families have a tradition of immersion on the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, or 7th day.


Lord Ganesh is one of the most prominent deities in Hinduism. Ganesh has the unique distinction that his name is always invoked before any other God’s name in any prayer service.

Lord Ganesh received this distinction as a blessing from his parents, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Lord Ganesa is designated as the chief (-eesha) of all of Lord Shiva’s ganas (servers) – hence his name, Ganesh.

We begin with an invocation to Lord Ganesh – he of the single tusk, whose vehicle is the mouse and he who penned the Mahabharata with his own hands.

Vakratunda mahaakaaya suryakoti samaprabhaa

nirvighnam kurumedeva sarvakaaryeshu sarvadaa

Meaning: Salutations to the supreme Lord Ganesh, whose curved trunk (vakra-tunda) and massive body (maha-kaayaa) shines like a million suns (surya-koti) and showers his blessings on everyone (sama-prabhaa). Oh my lord of lords Ganesh (kurume-deva), kindly remove all obstacles (nir-vighnam), always (sarva-) and forever (sarvadaa-) from all my activities and endeavors (sarva-kaaryeshu).






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