Lord Ganesha is actually widely one of the most famous and well recognized Hindu deities. In the western countries, the Lord Ganesha is known as the Elephant God of Hinduism.
The Lord is often described as the remover of obstacles and all Hindus seek the blessings from the Lord Ganesha before go on for any new work or the new task.
The Lord Ganesha is also known as the one who holds the power to grant intellect, wisdom and remove any challenges from the devotee’s path towards success.
Here we list 10 amazing facts about God Ganesha which are based on stories, legends, and myths from Hindu scriptures.
Ganesh Chaturthi: 9 Interesting Facts Of Lord Ganesha
1). Lord Ganesh is hailed from the divine Hindu deity belongs family, which is consists of Lord Shiva – the Hindu God of Destruction and Goddess Parvati – the Hindu Goddess of fertility, women power & love as his parents.
The God Kartik – the Hindu God of War & Victory and the Goddess Lakshmi – the Hindu Goddess of Wealth and Goddess Saraswati – the Hindi Goddess of wisdom as his siblings.
2). As per Hindu scriptures, Lord Ganesh is having 2 wives Ridhhi (representing Prosperity) and Sidhhi (representing Intellectual Enlightenment).
Moreover, he is blessed with 2 sons – Ridhhi bore him Subha (representing Auspiciousness) while Sidhhi bore him Labha (representing Profit). His images are often edged by the images of his wives.
3). As per legend, when Lord Ganesh was born he had a normal human head. Post his original head was destroyed, He received his Elephant head.
As per the legend and story – his battle with Lord Shiva, the cursed gaze of the Hindu God of Justice, Shani Dev, and the dying wish of the Elephant-headed demon Gajasura.
4). The word Ganesha is taken from the ‘Ekdant’ meaning ‘one-toothed’ as per Hindu religious books.
5). Ganesha is also as per Hinduism the original writer of the great Hindu epic Mahabharat. As per story and mythology Sage Ved Vyasa, the narrator of the Mahabharat, select the Lord Ganesha to be his scribe as no other person in this whole Universe had the wisdom to take up the monumental task of writing the treatise of ancient Indian story and wisdom.
6). Ganesha is predominately worshiped alone but on the sacred and promising day of the of Diwali, Lord Ganesh is worshiped alongside, his sisters Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswati.
7). The leave Tulsi ( holy basil ) is the plant which is having a sacred and holy relevance in most Hindu rituals and puja but the worship of Lord Ganesh prohibited from any involvement of the Tulsi leaves.
This is so as the Tulsi once cursed Lord Ganesh when he denied to marry her and in turn lord Ganesha cursed her and excluded her from being ever used her while worshipping himself.
8). In 1893, Lokmanya Tilak, the revolutionary freedom fighter, emphasis and urged the masses to come together to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi. His main motive has to spread the feeling of patriotism among those Indian people in time of British rule.
9). In India, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in a massive way in Maharashtra, Karnataka and some parts of Andhra Pradesh. In abroad the festival is widely celebrated in Nepal’s Terai region, and by Hindus in the UK, US and Mauritius etc.
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