lord ganesh

 

Ganesh is the very famous god in the Indian Mythology. Before starting any activity He is to be worshiped first. He is called by many names such as Vinayagar, Vigneshwar, Gajamugan, Ekathandha, Chathurbujan, Gajanana, Ganapathi, Lamboothara etc.,. He will be found in every nook and corner in a place. He is elephant faced with four hands and one tusk. Three of His hands carrying Pasha (a rope), ANKUSHA (a spear-like weapon curved at one end) and MODAKA (a pudding like sweet dish) and the fourth held in a gesture which assures help and protection to the devotee. Ganesha's bulky head symbolizes his extraordinary intelligence. His ears are broad like winnowing pans. Winnowing pans are used to winnow grain. The husk and the grain get separated, so does Ganesha distinguish between truth and untruth. It may also be said that the broad ears symbolize his capacity to listen to the prayers of all his devotees with great attention. While his ever-moving trunk teaches that one should be active always, his single tusk denotes single-mindedness in action. His huge belly signifies that the entire Brahmanda (universe) is hidden within Ganapathi. He rides a rat. The rat personifies evil qualities like anger, too much of pride and selfishness. Riding on the rat shows that Ganesha checks these evil passions.

  Eight Inner Forms of Lord Ganesh  
  33 Forms of Vinayagar  

 

 
1. Ashta Vinayak Temples
2. Other Ganesh Temples