Lord Ganesha, the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati is worshiped as the god of education, knowledge, wisdom and wealth. In Hindu mythology, Lord Ganesha is recognized as the supreme power to worship before any beginning of religious, spiritual or world activities. He is the God of Success who removes obstacles and ensures success to all devotees at any time. The word “Ganesha” is formed from two Sanskrit word Gana meaning knowledge and isha meaning master. Besides this name, Lord Ganesha has 108 names called by people in different region with passion and love. This signifies the respect and love people have on the noble child.
The appearance of Lord Ganesha is a blend of human and animal parts. The elephant head, large ears and wide mouth symbolizes the ideals of perfection as conceived by Hindu sages and illustrates some philosophical concepts of profound spiritual significance. The elephant head of Lord Ganesha has a short history in Hindu Ethics of Shiv Purana. Goddess Parvati created Ganesha to safeguard her and placed him at the door step while she was bathing. He disallowed Lord Shiva to see the Goddess on his visit. This annoyed Lord Shiva and made him to split Ganesha’s head in anger. Later Lord Shiva recognized his mistake and gave him a new birth by placing the head of an elephant. During his rebirth, Lord Shiva also bestowed a boon that all peoples will worship him before beginning any endeavor. This is how the God had an elephant head and a human body.
The independent deity of all times is seen in different postures like standing, destroying demons, fighting against evil, playing with the family and so on. Short elephant eyes possess deceptive nature that allows them to perceive objects to be bigger than they are. The trunk represents “Om” which is the cosmic sound of reality. Prayer in the lower left arm shows that the pursuit of knowledge should be continuous. The snake weared round his waist represents energy in all forms and the mouse in front of the statue signifies the importance given by God to even the lowest of creatures. In modern form, the only variation from these old elements is that the bottom right has the broken tusk, it look as if it is turned towards the viewer in a gesture of protection or value.
The five Hindu deities namely Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Ganesha and Durga are together glorified as the Panchayatana puja. All Hindus worship Ganesha regardless of sectarian beliefs. Ganesha Chathurthi is celebrated by the devotees of Ganesha who are called Ganapatyas. Wearing Ganesha Pendants shows how much they love their mighty God. The deity is persistent in the mind of masses and believed faithfully by the human beings. Huge and big bellied Ganesha is worshipped till date even after all transformation of cultures and from heredity to heredity. He is devoid of comparison and is said to be the wisest of wise. We together salute him with slokas and prayers for bestowing boon to all individuals for their wellbeing.