- Religion and Philosophy
Lord Ganesha - Hindu God
Lord Ganesh is the prominent God of Hindu people and he is being cordially and humbly worshiped in the daily life of all Hindu people. Lord Ganesh has temples in almost all parts of the world and is largely located in places where Hindu people live in. He is given importance in every Hindu temple, as he is associated with success and Education. So people usually pray him before starting any new work. Students usually pray this God to succeed in their studies. His vehicle is mouse and the idol of mouse is placed in front of Him in every temple.
Lord Ganesh is celebrated as the elder son of Lord Shiva. He is also known as God of averting obstacles. Lord Vignesh, Lord Ganapathy, Lord Vinayaka and Lord Pillayar are some of His other names.
Let me tell the interesting story of Lord Ganesh. Once His mother Goddess Parvathi wanted to take bath in her house and she wanted someone to guard her, while she is taking bath. Using her Godly power she made a boy from mud and told him not to allow any body inside till she finish her bathing. After some time God Shiva came there and was stopped by Lord Ganesh. Lord Shiva got angry and took off his head, as he thought Lord Ganesh as a stranger. After finishing bath Goddess Parvathi came to know this and regretted much. To console his consort Lord Shiva asked his servants to bring the head of any living creature that might be sleeping by putting its head towards north. They brought the head of an elephant and that was fitted to Lord Ganesh by his father Lord Shiva. This is how; he got the head of an elephant.
In India there are many temples for Lord Ganesh. In Mumbai Lord Ganesh is called as Lord Siddhi Vinayaka, as his consort name is Sidhhi. The temple has been built in the Prabhavathi area of Mumbai. Siddhi means wish.
In Tamil Nadu, India, He has one of the famous temples of the country at Pillayar patty. There He got the name Karpaga Vinayaka. He is associated with plenty of wealth and offers it to his faithful devotees.
The other temple of the Lord is at Trichy in Tamil Nadu, India. This is a unique temple which is being situated at the top of a rock at a height of about 90 meters admits the town. Here He is celebrated and called as Ucchi Pillayar.
Lord Ganesh has unique and beautiful appearance which could be attracted by all age group of the people. His temple is located all over the country and He can be easily approached and adorned by all the economical classes of the people.
The Hindu peoples celebrate and pray on Vinayaka Chaturthi, which comes on the fourth new moon day of September every year. This is special day for Lord ganesh and people from all over the world worship His idol and photos. The next to Vinayaka Chaturthi all the gaint and small Lord Ganesh idols are dissolved in sea water and nearby ponds.