Ganesha

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Facts of Ganesha

* Ganesha is the son of Lord Shiva and Parvathi.
*Ganesha was created by Goddess Parvathi as a guardian to her privacy.
* Hindus first pray to Ganesha to ensure the removal of any obstacles and make an auspicious begining.
*Some of the titles of Ganesha are Ganapati and Vighneswara( removal of obstacles),Buddhipriya(fond of intelligence),Ekdanta(one of the tusks broken),Lambodara(pot belly)
*Ganesha, a Sanskrit word.Gana meaning many and isha meaning lord or master. Thus Ganesha means lord or master of many.
*The words of Buddhi (intellect), Siddhi ( spritual power) and Riddhi (prosperity) are associated with Ganesha.
*The worship of Ganesha was popularised by Lokmanya Tilak in 1893.
*Ganesha’s vehicle or Vahana is the tiny rat known as musaka in Sanskrit.
*Four animals – man, elephant, the serpent and the mouse make his full image or figure.
* Ganesha has been often shown married with two daughters of Brahma( Lord of creaton)namely Riddhi and Siddhi.
* He is the elder brother of Skanda and Kartikeya(God of war and victory).
*Parashurama,an incarnation of Vishnu threw an axe at Ganesha when later prevented him disturbing the medidation of his father Lord Shiva.
*He was actually the scribe who has written the entire Mahabharata poem. The great sage Vyāsa requested Ganesh to write.
*Ganesh festival is celebrated in Bhadrapad month every year.
*In Maharashtra, people worship Ganesha for 10 days as part of the Ganeshotsava festival.

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