Thursday, November 01, 2007

Lord Ganesh, one of the widely-popular Hindu gods


Ganesh IMG_2535
Originally uploaded by paddu rao
Ganesha, also spelled Ganesa or Ganesh, (also known as Ganapati and Vinayaka) is one of the best-known and most worshipped deities in Hinduism[5] and India.[6] Hindu sects worship him regardless of other affiliations.[7] Devotion to Ganesha is widely diffused and extends to Jains, Buddhists, and beyond India, says wikipedia.org.[8]

Although he is known by many attributes, Ganesha's elephant head makes him easy to identify.[9] Ganesha is widely revered as the Remover of Obstacles[10] and more generally as Lord of Beginnings and Lord of Obstacles (Vighnesha, Vighneƛvara),[11] patron of arts and sciences, and the deva of intellect and wisdom.[12] He is honoured at the start of rituals and ceremonies and invoked as Patron of Letters during writing sessions.[13] Several texts relate mythological anecdotes associated with his birth and exploits and explain his distinct iconography.

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