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Lord Vinayaka, the Great God of Hinduism
Lord Vinayaka, the great god of Hinduism, is humbly adorned by the Hindu people from all over the world in their daily life. He is the elder son of Lord Shiva and has significance in almost all the Hindu temples of the world. Ganesh, Vignesh, Ganapathy and Pillayar are the other names of this God. Vinayaka means one who has no leader and he is the leader of all devas and Vignesh means that he is the god of averting obstacles. Here vigna means obstacles. Ganesh or Ganapathy means that he is the captain of all good forces. The mouse is the vehicle of Lord Vinayaka. In his every temple there would be an idol of mouse placed in front of him. The people suffering from malefic planets will worship him to get successful life.. Lord Vinayaka's Moola Mantra is 'Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha'.
Lord Vinayaka differs from other Hindu gods with an elephant face and big belly. He attracts all the people and even the people belonging to the other religions . The trunk of his elephant face is resembling the Tamil script 'OM' and it is believed that meditating his elephant face will produce favorable results in our daily activities.
The Hindu people are used to write his associated script before writing any thing on the top of the paper as they are celebrating him as the God of averting obstacles. Whenever the students are preparing to go to exams, they will pray Vinayaka to get high marks. The people starting new companies or shops will celebrate this god to get success and easily acheive their goal.
Lord Vinayaka has temples everywhere in India. The temple of him usually situated under a pupil tree or on the bank of a river. Hence he is the god of poor people his temples are found in the all parts of the country.
The story of Lord Vinayaka
The following story is about the birth and how he came to have an elephant head. Once Goddess Shakthi wanted to take bath in her home after making Lord Ganesh out of white mud by her spiritual power. She told him not to allow any body inside. Then Lord Shiva came home and stopped by Vinayaka. Lord Shiva got angry and cut off his head as he thought that Vinayaka was an outsider. When Goddess Shakthi came to know this she became very sad. To console her Lord Shiva ordered his servants to bring a head of any creature that might be sleeping its head facing north. The servants went on their mission and found only an elephant in that position. The elephant's head was brought before Lord Shiva. The Lord then joined the elephant's head to the body of Lord Vinayaka,. Shiva blessed his son and ordained the annual worship of Lord Vinayaka.
This is the great Hindu festival which comes on 4th new moon day of August or September of every year. In the evening of that day people will decorate the idol (made of mud) or the picture of Lord Vinayaka with flowers and garlands and present him three varieties of fruits, pot roasted rice flakes, grams, boiled grams and steam boiled flour recipe with the ingredients of coconut pieces, sugar and cardamom. The next day people will immerse the idols in a pond or river.
On that day we can see same giant idols of the Lord Vinayaka placed in the important corners of the cities and towns. The public people are allowed to worship Lord Vinayaka. On the second or third day of the festival all the giant idols will be collected collected and placed on the lorries for a procession along the important streets of the cities and towns. The procession will finally reach the pond or sea to immerse the idols of Vinayaka.
Lord Siddhi Vinayaka Temple
Lord Uchi Pillayar Temple at Trichy
Different Images of Lord Vinayaka
Lord Vinayaka has been worshipped in different forms. The Most popular among them is Shri Karpaga Vinayaka. His main temple is situated at Pillayar patti in Tamil nadu. He is associated with wealth and health which he offers to his faithful devotees.
Siddhi Vinayaka is the other form of this god. His consort's name is Siddhi and so called in that name. He is believed as the provider of wishes and His main temple in the country is at Prabhavathi area of Mumbai. This famous temple was built in the year 1801 by Mr. Laxman and Mrs Deubai patil. The magnificent view of this temple makes it as one of the main tourist attractions of Mumbai. It is crowded in all the days of the year.
Uchi pillayar is another form of the Lord and his temple is situated at Trichy of Tamilnadu. The Lord here is sitting at the top of a huge rock in 95 m high in the middle of the town. On the top of the rock we can get glimpse of god Uchi Pillayar and also enjoy the magnificent view of the city.
Bala Vinayaka is the youth or child form of Vinayaka in which he has been accompanied with his brother Lord Muruga and worshipping their Father Lord Shiva. This form of the Lord shows the great truth of God of Gods.
Selva Vinayaka is the decorated form of Lord Vinayaka with gold jewels and ornaments. He is associated with wealth to offer wealthy life to his devotees.
Mukkuruni Vinayaka is the giant form of Vinayaka and situated in the temple complex of Madurai Meenakshi Temple. His big belly reveals the truth of each and every thing of the universe is included into it.
Veera Vinayaka is the standing form of the Lord Who is reday to destroy the evil things to save innocent people from them. He has many heads and hands in this form. He is equipped with many weapons in this form.