Who is Ganesha?

Lord Ganesha, an important God in Hinduism

Get to know Ganesha

  • Ganesha (or Ganapati) is the son of Lord Shiva (one of the trinity in Hinduism) and his wife Paravati. In a fit of anger, Shiva cut off his son’s head. There are many stories explaining the back story. As a replacement, Shiva cut off an elephant’s head and that is why Ganesha is the Elephant God.
  • There is an entire festival dedicated to Ganesha which happens every year. In the state of Maharashtra, India there are very big celebrations every year.
  • Ganesha is potbellied and generally depicted as holding in his hand a few round Indian sweets, of which he is inordinately fond. His vehicle is the large Indian bandicoot rat, which symbolizes Ganesha’s ability to overcome anything to get what he wants. Ganesha is a remover of obstacles.

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My Take

Ganesh Festival is one of the most enjoyable festivals in India. It is a time of celebration including eating a lot of sweets. As kids, we always looked forward to this festival. After the festival, the statute of Ganesha is immersed in the sea and worshippers bid it farewell

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