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.
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.
mystique sara on February 01, 2013:
Ganesha, the elephant headed God, is the final presiding deity of UTTARASHADA nakshatra. Ganesha is the only deity with an elephant's head. The story behind his getting an elephant's head reveals a lot relating to Uttarashadha's essence . Ganesha is always portrayed as having a f�ll right tusk and a cut left tusk. This symbolises that Uttarashadha has a more complete and coherent energy in comparison to its mate Purvashadha. Ganesha can thus be seen as being strongly connected to both Ashadhas. Ganesha is seen as the "Lord of Beginnings" and "Remover of Obstacles" and his blessings are sought in all beginnings.
Uttarashadha therefore relates to all kinds of beginnings. It is seen that activities started under the positive influence of this nakshatra are blessed with success and permanence.
See my dear readers, Ganesh is a personification of Uttarashada nakshatra which belongs to sagittarius zodiac sign. The ruler of sagittarius is JUPITER, the planet of wisdom and optimism. Ganesha is also the God of wisdom and new beginnings. Can you see the link?
If jupiter is in the 1st house of the natal chart of a person, his body appearance will be fleshy and fat. Same as Lord ganesha who is always depicted with a tummy and never thin!!!
varma on August 31, 2011:
MY FAVARITE GOD VIGNESWERA,VIGNA NAYAKA,VIGNARAJA,PRADAMAGANADIPA.
bhuvan on August 27, 2011:
my favorate god there will be a enterment
pandu on September 10, 2010:
my frist favourate god of all gods.i love my vinayaka iam any prablam iam talk to ganesha.i lot of my god
raja sekhar on September 09, 2010:
Lord Ganesha is my friend always with me.........
I Like ganesha he gives energy to facing the problem in my life........Thankyou my friend.
INGILELA VARALAKSHMI on September 08, 2010:
My favourate god is "GANESHA" .
kavitha on August 06, 2010:
who is great god of all godesses!
VIGNESWARAN on March 23, 2010:
I LOVE MY GOD VINAYAGAR THANK YOU GOD.A
Vimal Ganeson on February 19, 2010:
I Thank the person/s for having created this page.
k.r.kartha on March 14, 2009:
any body can tell me what is the importance of lord ganapathys trunk left or right turned
sudheer on February 19, 2009:
i love you my vinayaka
ratnaveera (author) from Cumbum on November 10, 2008:
Dear Ramu, Thanks for your nice comments and great belief on this Great God Lord Vinayaka. I got my nice experiences in all parts of life when I worshipped Him! Thanks again for your idea to add Lord's video songs! I will do it certainly.
ramu on November 08, 2008:
Thanks for the hub the information about vinayaka is good and its true that when beleive the him and work hard for goal .,.......we can achieve it and my request is ,,,, put the audio and video songs of the vinayaka ......is good to listen and watch it
ratnaveera (author) from Cumbum on September 06, 2008:
Dear TheresaAnn, Thank you for your nice comments and festival greetings.
ratnaveera (author) from Cumbum on September 06, 2008:
Dear Senthil, Thank you for visiting this Hub and your nice comments.
TheresaAnn from South Fallsburg, New York on September 05, 2008:
Great information. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!!!
Senthil on September 02, 2008:
I really got a information about vinayagar which exactly what i need.THanks for that.
ratnaveera (author) from Cumbum on June 13, 2008:
Dear Agro, Thanks for your nice comments and sharing great thoughts. I am also believing that God is only one and He loves all humans who are living honest. I am going to publish some more hubs about Hindu Gods in future.
Agro Donkey from Ohio on June 12, 2008:
I learned a lot from this hub and am glad that I took the time to read it. I would identify myself as Christian but that is misleading. I don't feel that there is only one way to pray or only one religion that is correct. I feel that God has shown himself to almost all people in a way that they will understand His message. The message is what matters not how you get to it or who you give credit for it. I hope to read more about your beliefs in the future. Best of luck to you in all that you do.
K.C.V RAJESWARARAO on May 24, 2008:
LORD VINAYAKA IS VERY VERY NICE GOD
ratnaveera (author) from Cumbum on April 25, 2008:
Dear Sir (Dr. Prasad Jain ), Thanks for your more information about Lord Vinayaka !
Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD from Tumkur on April 24, 2008:
I would like to add;
1.Ganesha/Vinayaka, according to folkloristic analysis, is the god of crops. All his body parts are of vegiterian animals only(elephant, and man),The snake around his huge stomach and the mouse indicate crop destroyers.He curbs one und4r his feet and another by tying around his stomach.The dishes offered to him are also all vegeterian foods.
2 Other names of Ganesha are-Gajanana,Gowrisutha,Vignesha, Ekadantha,Sumukha,Mooshikavaaahana,etc.
3Ganesha idols are seen in other countries also,like-Indonesia, Malaya, Japan, etc.That is by the influence of hindus who went there.
ratnaveera (author) from Cumbum on March 10, 2008:
Sorry Sankar, I don't know the correct answer. Soon I will try to tell it.
Sankar on March 09, 2008:
Nice webpage. Could you please tell me the birth star of God Vignesh (in Malayalam stars like, Aswathi, Karthika, etc) thank you
ratnaveera (author) from Cumbum on February 16, 2008:
Dear In The Doghouse, Thanks for your comments and encouragements. I am sure about my posting of some more Hubs telling about Gods in near future.
In The Doghouse from California on February 16, 2008:
Very interesting HUB. I would love to hear more about your beliefs. Thank you for sharing.
ratnaveera (author) from Cumbum on February 16, 2008:
Dear Prems, Thank you for your question. Lord Ganesh is the destroyer of all evil things. We have to worship Him on that day to get success on our every endavour in that particular year. Lord Gajamuga and Lord Shivakumar are His some other names.
prems4u from KERALA Cochin on February 16, 2008:
Explain importentce of ganesha chathurthi....
Give other names of Ganesha...