Vinayaka is one of the famous
and greatly worshipped deities in Hinduism. Vinayakar is also known
as Ganesh, Vinayaka Vigneswara, Ganapathy, Pillaiyar . The main identity
of Vinayaka is his elephant like head. Its known that Vinayaka is the
eldest son of Lord Siva and Goddess Parvathy. We believe that if we
pray to Ganapathy, then all the obstacles in front of us will remove
quickly. Because of that Vinayaka is known as the Lord of obstacles
and the God of new beginnings. Thus got the name ‘Vighneswara’, the
one who removes ‘Vighna’ from our path. For all new beginnings, Hindus
do ‘Ganapathy Homam’ properly in temples and even at homes. Vehicle
of Vinayaka is a mouse.
Many stories are there about the birth of Vinayaka. Once Devi Parvathy created a very powerful boy for preventing anybody from entering into her room, without her permission. Then Lord Siva came there for visiting Devi and asked that boy to allow him to enter. Devi was then having bath. But that boy didn’t allow Lord Siva to enter. Then the uncontrolled Lord Siva cut off that boy’s head. Hearing this news, Goddess Parvathy became furious and asked Siva to get back her son. Siva was helpless in returning his head. Then he cut the head of an elephant and placed it over his neck. Thus Lord Siva gave him a new birth and named him as Vinayaka. He is the God of art, music and prosperity. Devotees of Vinayaka offers him ‘Modhaka’ and laddus for getting his blessings.