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Lord Ganesha

Who is Ganesha?

Ganesha (Gana = all beings or celestial bodies; Isha = king) literally means king of all beings. He represents that aspect of God that provides wisdom and removes all obstacles in life to be successful in any pursuit.

Lord Ganesha
Lord Ganesha

Ganesha is also called Gajaanana (elephant-faced) as His face is that of an elephant - the largest land animal. The combination of a human body with an animal head is a symbolic representation of a perfect human being, as conceived by Hindu sages. In fact, God also had incarnated as a combination of a human body and a lion's head as Narasimha (Nara = human being; Simha = lion).

Ganesha's elephant head symbolizes wisdom, understanding, and a discriminating intellect that one must possess to attain perfection in life. To receive God's blessings for achieving success in any activity, Ganesha is worshipped first.

Ganesha is also addressed as Ganapati (king of ganas ), Vinayaka (special leader), Vighneshwara (remover of all obstacles), Gajaanana (elephant-faced), Lambodara (large stomach), and Ekdanta (having one tusk).