Shri Ganesh

Lord Shiva's & Goddess Parvathi's son is described as the Supreme Leader (Vinayaga) or as the Leader of the "Ganas" (Ganapati) who attends upon and follows at all times Lord Shiva, or as the Lord of all obstacles (Vigneshwara). These names clearly show that He is a Master of all circumstances and not even the divine forces can ever obstruct His path. Since He is thus the Lord of all obstacles, no Hindu ritual or auspicious act is ever undertaken without invoking Him. With His grace, it is believed that no undertaking can fail due to any obstacles.

Om Shri Ganeshaaya Namaha!

Ganapathi, the Elephant faced Lord is the ruler (controller) of impediments. His large abdomen is a treasure of 'letters' and he is the physical form of 'OMKAARA', hence is known as 'PRANAVASWAROOPA'.

He is the primal Lord, the bestower of Siddhi and Buddhi. He is the Lord of heavenly hosts (Ganaas), who bless us with the power of speech, intellect and guides ur to victory.

Om Ganapathy

Lord Ganapathi is the primary God of adoration, the destroyer of obstacles, who rescues us from difficulties with his vital energy and his all-pervading supremacy. It is a practice to pay obeisance to Lord Ganapathi, and invoke his blessings to seek motivation and guidance, prior to commencing any ritual or event.

Om Shri Ganeshaaya Namaha!

He is the Lord of all he surveys... And it is a blessing in itself that his keen eyes watch over us all... ! Lord Ganesh is the benevolent manifestation of Omkaar, the origin of all creation... That's why, to invoke his endearing image is to ensure an auspicious beginning to all human endeavour and events... Ages and eras have drifted away... Myths have given way to history... as civilization has raced to the 21st century...! Lord Ganesh, has always been with us... in our odyssey through life...! The vastness of his divine form defies expression... yet, his loving image is never too large to reside within the confines of our eager hearts...! And that, perhaps, is because he has graciously and willingly surrendered to our grasp... and responded most visibly to our devotion! He is the friendliest of gods that have ever graced our dwellings!

Om Ganapathy

He is often referred to as Lambodar, the one with a protruding belly... and it is not surprising, since he is known to absorb and consume away the accumulated sins of his countless devotees... ! While as the Lord, his glory is most original and eternal, his chosen role on earth is that of a friendly deity whose presence may be experienced in every aspect of our day-to-day life and living...! Ages ago, at the behest of Rishi Ved Vyas, he agreed to wield his mighty pen through which flowed the grand epic Mahabharat. May the same auspicious hand direct the course of our comtemporary lives... by overcoming obstacles and misery... guiding us towards Wisdom... Achievement... Peace and Prosperity...!

Om Shri Ganeshaaya Namaha!

Call Him what you will... Ganesh, Ganapati, Vakratumda, Pillayar, Vignaharta, Lambodaraor any one of the 108 names, this quaint and awesome God is vastly acknowledged as the most beloved of all deities in the Hindu Pantheon.

He is everywhere - from the sanctum sanctorum of the holiest shrines, to the roadside temples, adorning shelves with His benign countenance or permanently residing in the Hearts of His countless devotees.

He has reinvented Himself through the ages, steadfastly refusing to get straight jacketed by narrow rituals and tradtions.... constantly adapting to changes around Him.

Om Ganapathy

The Elephant-headed Lord of all difficulties in Life indeed represents the highest and the best that have ever been given in our scriptures. To a Vedantic student, since his "path of knowledge" is essentially intellectual, he must have a great head to conceive and understand the logic of the Vedantic thought, and in fact, the truth of Vedanta can be comprehended only through listening to a teacherand therefore Sravana. Listening is the initial stage to be mastered by the new initiate. Therefore, Sri Ganapati has large ears representing continuous and intelligent listening to the teacher.

He has the widest mouth and the largest appetite. In Kubera's palace, He cured Kubera's vanity that in his riches he had become the "Treasurer of the Heavens". When Kubera offered Him a dinner He ate all the food that was prepared for the entire guests. Thereafter, He started eating the utensils and then the decorative pandal, and still He was not satisfied. Then His father, Lord Shiva, approached Him and gave Him a handful of "puffed rice" to eat. Eating this he became satisfied.

The Puranas tell us how once Sri Vigneshwara, while riding His mouse, was thrown down and it looked so ridiculous that the Moon laughed at the comic sight. It is said in the Puranas that the great-bellied Lord Vinayaka looked at the Moon and cursed that nobody would ever look at the Moon on that day the Vinayaka Chaturthi.

Om Shri Ganeshaaya Namaha!

The Lord of Obstacles, Sri Vigneshwara, has four arms representing the four inner - equipments (antahkarana). In one hand He has a Rope, in another an Axe. With the Axe, He cuts off the attachments of His devotees to the world-of-plurality and thus ends all the consequent sorrows, with the Rope pulls them nearer and nearer to the Truth, and ultimately ties them down to the Highest goal. In His third hand He holds a rice ball (modaka) representing the reward of the joys of sadhana which He gives His devotees with the other hand He blesses all His devotees and protects them from all obstacles on their Spiritual Path of seeking the Supreme.