Questions tagged [ganesha]

Ganesha is the elephant headed god and the elder son of Lord Shiva. He was created by Goddess Parvati to guard her place.

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Why was Surya killed by Lord Shiva?

I heard of an incident in which Suryadev was once killed by Lord Shiva. Can somebody explain to me what is this incident and what Surya's mistake was? And also, please let me know how he became alive ...
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Is there a list of the 8800 difficult verses of the Mahabharat?

Mahabharat is the world's largest poem containing around one lakh (100000) verses composed by Vedavyasa. Because writing such a large text is a difficult task Vedavyasa took the help of lord Ganesha ...
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Why we do not keep Tulsi on Prasada offered to lord Ganpati?

Generally we keep leaves of Tulsi over Prasāda( SACRAMENT) we offer to Gods. But recently in Ganesh Festival our priest while doing pooja told us that "Tulsi is not offered to Lord ganesha, it is ...
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What is the meaning of "Ganpati Bappa Morya"?

I heard this many times but don't know what it means. Is Ganpati another name for Ganesha? What is bappa and Morya?
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Sloka attributed to Lord Ganesha [duplicate]

This is in reference to the Slokha below (sloka link) Shukla-Ambara-Dharam Vissnnum Shashi-Varnnam Catur-Bhujam | Prasanna-Vadanam Dhyaayet Sarva-Vighno[a-U]pashaantaye || Meaning: 1: (We Meditate) ...
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What is the origin of Ganapathi Atharvasheersh?

Where do we find the Ganapati Atharvasheersh in scriptures? What is the meaning of the word 'Atharvsheersh'. Who is the writer of it (Rishi Ganak or Atharvan)?
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Celebrating ganesh chaturthi

I just wanted to know the belief behind celebrating ganesh chaturthi. Me and my family have decided to bring ganesha idol home this year. But as my grandfather passed away this year , some people are ...
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What is the significance of Lord Ganesh & Lord Hanuman's statue in Shiv Temple?

When we enter into Shiva temple, we can see that Lord Ganesh and Lord Hanuman's statue before the Shiva Lingam. What is the significance of these two statues in Shiva Temple?
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What are hymns chanted for abhishekam?

If Rudram, Namakam & chamakam are related to Shiva, why they are chanted for abhishekam of other gods? Are there any other prominent alternative hymns for abhishekam? Are they chanted only in ...
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Does Lord Ganesha eat a lot?

I have heard that one day, Kubera invited Lord Ganesha to his palace. There, Lord Ganesha ate continuously which made Kubera's resources almost empty. Is it true that Lord Ganesha used to eat a lot? ...
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Why does Lord Ganesha have a mouse as his vehicle?

How did Lord Ganesha get a mouse as his vehicle? Is there a story behind this? And what does the mouse signify?
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Why is the idol of Lord Ganesha immersed in water (visarjana)?

At the end of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, the idol of Lord Ganesha is usually immersed (referred to as visarjana) in a water body, as the concluding rite. What is the reason behind this? Also, ...
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Why is Saraswati shown with Ganesha and Lakshmi?

Picture frames, especially the one in Diwali, Lord Ganesha is shown with Goddess Saraswati and Goddess Lakshmi. Why is that so? I know the story of Lakshmi adopting Ganesha as his son from Parvati. ...
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What is the story behind lord Ganesha's broken tusk?

In many idols of lord Ganesha, I saw that the left tusk is broken. Credit: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/64.102 What is the story behind that broken tusk? Does it signify something?
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Why did Lord Ganesha curse the Moon?

When there's Ganesha Chaturthi going on, people say that we shouldn't look at the moon on the day of immersion (visarjan) as its counted as a bad omen. So why did he cursed the moon and why is that, ...
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Why do idols of Lord Ganesha only rarely have the trunk turning to the right?

I've rarely seen idols of Lord Ganesha with his trunk turning towards the right. As far as I know, people say that Ganesha idols having the trunk turning towards the right should be given extra care ...
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Why does Lord Ganesha have an elephant head?

A lot of Hindu gods have human heads. However, this is not the case with Lord Ganesha, who has an elephant head. Why does he have an elephant head?
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Why is lord Ganesha worshipped first before any puja?

I've seen that Hindus worship lord Ganesha before starting any puja (act of worship) or important task. I've also seen people worshipping lord Ganesha before they start off with marriage proceedings, ...

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