How did the name Ganesha or Vinayaka or Pillayar origin?
The name Ganesha is a Sanskrit compound, joining the words gana (gaṇa), meaning a group, multitude, or categorical system and isha (īśa), meaning lord or master.
The names Vighnesha (विघ्नेश; vighneśa) and Vighneshvara (विघ्नेश्वर; vighneśvara) (Lord of Obstacles refers to his primary function in Hinduism as the master and remover of obstacles (vighna)
A prominent name for Ganesha in the Tamil language is Pillaiyar means a “noble child” This is reason why children love him so much and even play with him
Parents Lord Shiva and Godess Parvati
Brother Sri Subrahmanya or Sri Murugan
Vehicle : Mouse or Rat
Mantra: Om Ganeshaya Namaha/Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha/ Suklam Bharatharam
Weapons: Parasu (Axe) Pasa ( Noose) Ankusa ( Elephant goad)
Symbol : Om (AUM) Modak
Vedic Scripts: Ganesha Purana/,Mudgal Purana/Ganapathy Atharva Shirsa
Festival : Ganesh Chaturthi ( celebrated all over India )
How and Who Created Sri Ganesha
Godess Parvati wife of Lord Shiva created Sri Ganesha using clay to protect her and asked him to stand at the door .Lord Shiva came to the house and Sri Ganesha did not know who Lord Shiva was and so told him he cannot enter the house since Godess Parvati is taking bath and getting ready.Lord Shiva in his anger beheaded him.Godess came to know of this and requested Lord Shiva to save Sri Ganesha. Shiva then replaced Ganesha’s original head with that of an head of an Elephant.This is the reason why you find Elephant head on Sri Ganesha.This is also the reason why even today Sri Ganesha Idols are made of clay since Godess Parvati created him out of clay.Modern world today claim they are using clay as recycled material which is good and true but this tradition is over 6000 years old.
This story is Sri Ganesha in short.
Ekdanta and Mahabharatham-Veda Vyasa
Ganesha’s earliest name was Ekadanta (One Tusked), referring to his single whole tusk, the other being brokenSome of the earliest images of Ganesha show him holding his broken tusk.Sri Ganesha wrote the epic Mahabharath with his broken Danta (tusk).This is reason you see in Sri Ganesh murti one danta is broken.
FEATURES OF SRI GANESHA
1 VIGNESWARA-REMOVAL OF OBSTACLES
3 OM ( AUM)
Ganesha is identified with the Hindu mantra Aum, also spelled Om. The term oṃkārasvarūpa (Aum is his form), when identified with Ganesha, refers to the notion that he personifies the primal sound.First Sound of this universe when i was formed.
(O Lord Ganapati!) You are (the Trimurti) Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara
You are Indra. You are fire [Agni] and air [Vāyu]. You are the sun [Sūrya] and the moon [Chandrama]. You are Brahman. You are (the three worlds) Bhuloka [earth], Antariksha-loka [space], and Swargaloka [heaven]. You are Om. (That is to say, You are all this).
4 First chakra
According to Kundalini yoga, Ganesha resides in the first chakra, called Muladhara Mula means “original, main”; adhara means “base, foundation”. The muladhara chakra is the principle on which the manifestation or outward expansion of primordial Divine Force rests.This association is also attested to in the Ganapati Atharvashirsa. Courtright translates this passage as follows: “You continually dwell in the sacral plexus at the base of the spine [mūlādhāra cakra].”Thus, Ganesha has a permanent abode in every being at the Muladhara.Ganesha holds, supports and guides all other chakras, thereby “governing the forces that propel the wheel of life
5 Ganesh Chaturthi Festival-1893
In 1893, Lokmanya Tilak transformed this annual Ganesha festival from private family celebrations into a grand public event. Because of Ganesha’s wide appeal as “the god for Everyman”, Tilak chose him as a rallying point for Indian protest against British rule.Tilak was the first to install large public images of Ganesha in pavilions, and he established the practice of submerging all the public images on the tenth day.This tradition is followed even today all over India most famous of them is in Mumbai and Hyderbad.
6 Sri Ganesha-Leader of the Gods-Story You must read after Ganesha puja
How he became the leader of the gods? There is also an interesting story about how he became the leader of the gods. Once his father decided to appoint one of his sons as the head of the gods. He called his two sons and arranged a competition between the two. He told them that whoever managed to circle around the universe completely and returned to him first would be given the leader of the Gods position. Knowing well his strength and power and sure of himself and his victory, Kumaraswamy sped on his peacock to complete the journey, while the young Vinayaka, knowing his limitations, stayed back. But wisely he considered his father as an embodiment of the entire universe and circled around him. So strong was his faith and belief that wherever Kumaraswami went he found his brother going ahead of him. Tired and bewildered, he returned to Kailash and admitted his defeat. Impressed by his devotion and intelligence, Siva declared Ganesha the winner among the two and made him the leader of gods.
How Ganesha Distracted Ravana to Save Sri Rama?
Ravana Acquired Atma Lingam by tapas and prayers from Lord Shiva which can make him Immortal on one condition he should not keep it on the ground if he does it loses its powers.Ganesha came to know from Narada and Ganesha goes to Ravana disguised as a priest.Ravana being tired hands the Atama Lingam to priest asking him to hold it.Ganesha drops it on the ground as if it slipped his hands and it got destroyed.Ravana threw the cloth covering his Atma Linga at this place.Shiva Temple at Murudeshwar in Mangalore,Karnataka
Imagine if Ganesha has not destroyed Ravana’s Atma Lingam,Ravana would have killed Sri Rama due to the powers which will make Ravana Immortal ( meaning cannot be killed).There would have been no good ending to Ramayanam
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Aarush and Aarohi Donthireddy ages 9 months (TWINS) Hyderabad
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Diya Donthireddy age 7yrs USA
Eshan Donthireddy age 5yrs USA
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Piyush Unni Anand age 6yrs From Hyderabad
Rahul Ranjith 9 years From India
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Wishing you all a very Happy Ganesh Chaturthi 2017
Prana Kishore Bommireddipalli