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Lord Vinayaka

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Each lunar month in Hindu calendar has two Chaturthi Tithis.

According to Hindu scriptures Chaturthi Tithi(s) belongs to Lord Ganesha.

The Chaturthi after Amavasya or new moon during Shukla Paksha is known as Vinayaka Chaturthi and the one after Purnimasi or full moon during Krishna Paksha is known as Sankashti Chaturthi.

Although Vinayaka Chaturthi fasting is done every month but the most significant Vinayaka Chaturthi falls in month of Bhadrapada.

Vinayaka Chaturthi during Bhadrapada month is known as Ganesha Chaturthi.

Ganesha Chaturthi is celebrated by Hindus all over the world as the birthday of Lord Ganesha.

Vinayaka Chaturthi is also known as Varad Vinayaka Chaturthi. Varad means “asking God to fulfill any desire one has“.

Lord Ganesha blesses devotees with wisdom and patience who observe this fast.

The wisdom and patience are two virtues whose significance is known to human kind since ages.

 Anyone who possesses these virtues can progress in life and can achieve whatever one desires.

Ganesha Puja on Vinayaka Chaturthi is done during afternoon which is midday according to Hindu calendar.

The Muhurta to worship lord Ganesha during afternoon is listed along with Vinayaka Chaturthi dates.

Location based Vinayaka Chaturthi Days

It is important to understand that fasting day for Vinayaka Chaturthi might differ for two cities even if those cities are within same Indian state.

Fasting for Vinayaka Chaturthi depends on sunrise and sunset timings and it is observed when Chaturthi Tithi prevails during midday.

Hence Vinayaka Chaturthi fasting might be observed on Tritiya Tithi i.e. one day before Chaturthi Tithi.

As midday time depends on sunrise and sunset, which are different for all cities, it is important to refer Hindu calendar like this website which lists location based Vinayaka Chaturthi days.

As generating location based dates are time consuming most sources ignore this fact and publish single list for all Indian cities.

Lord Vinayaka

Lord Vinayaka, the great god of Hinduism, is humbly adorned by the Hindu people from all over the world in their daily life.

He is the elder son of Lord Shiva and has significance in almost all the Hindu temples of the world. 

Ganesh, Vignesh, Ganapathy and Pillayar are the other names of this God.

Vinayaka means one who has no leader and he is the leader of all devas and Vignesh means that he is the god of averting obstacles.

Here vigna means obstacles.

Ganesh or Ganapathy means that he is the captain of all good forces.

The mouse is the vehicle of Lord Vinayaka. In his every temple there would be an idol of mouse placed in front of him.

The people suffering from malefic planets will worship him to get successful life.

Lord Vinayaka’s Moola Mantra is ‘Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha’.

Lord Vinayaka differs from other Hindu gods with an elephant face and big belly.

He attracts all the people and even the people belonging to the other religions . 

The trunk of his elephant face is resembling the Tamil script ‘OM’ and it is believed that meditating his elephant face will produce favorable results in our daily activities.

The Hindu people are used to write his associated script before writing any thing on the top of the paper as they are celebrating him as the God of averting obstacles.

 Whenever the students are preparing to go to exams, they will pray Vinayaka to get high marks.

The people starting new companies or shops will celebrate this god to get success and easily acheive their goal.

Lord Vinayaka has temples everywhere in India.

The temple of him usually situated under a pupil tree or on the bank of a river.

Hence he is the god of poor people his temples are found in the all parts of the country.

The story of Lord Vinayaka

The following story is about the birth and how he came to have an elephant head.

Once Goddess Shakthi wanted to take bath in her home after making Lord Ganesh out of white mud by her spiritual power.

She told him not to allow any body inside.

Then Lord Shiva came home and stopped by Vinayaka.

Lord Shiva got angry and cut off his head as he thought that Vinayaka was an outsider.

When Goddess Shakthi came to know this she became very sad.

To console her Lord Shiva ordered his servants to bring a head of any creature that might be sleeping its head facing north.

The servants went on their mission and found only an elephant in that position.

The elephant’s head was brought before Lord Shiva.

The Lord then joined the elephant’s head to the body of Lord Vinayaka,.

Shiva blessed his son and ordained the annual worship of Lord Vinayaka.

Vinayaka Chaturti

This is the great Hindu festival which comes on 4th new moon day of August or September of every year.

In the evening of that day people will decorate the idol (made of mud) or the picture of Lord Vinayaka with flowers and garlands and present him three varieties of fruits, pot roasted rice flakes, grams, boiled grams and steam boiled flour recipe with the ingredients of coconut pieces, sugar and cardamom.

The next day people will immerse the idols in a pond or river.

On that day we can see same giant idols of the Lord Vinayaka placed in the important corners of the cities and towns.

The public people are allowed to worship Lord Vinayaka.

On the second or third day of the festival all the giant idols will be collected collected and placed on the lorries for a procession along the important streets of the cities and towns.

The procession will finally reach the pond or sea to immerse the idols of Vinayaka.Different Images of Lord Vinayaka

Lord Vinayaka has been worshipped in different forms.

The Most popular among them is Shri Karpaga Vinayaka.

His main temple is situated at Pillayar patti in Tamil nadu. He is associated with wealth and health which he offers to his faithful devotees.

Siddhi Vinayaka is the other form of this god.

His consort’s name is Siddhi and so called in that name.

He is believed as the provider of wishes and His main temple in the country is at Prabhavathi area of Mumbai.

This famous temple was built in the year 1801 by Mr. Laxman and Mrs Deubai patil.

The magnificent view of this temple makes it as one of the main tourist attractions of Mumbai.

It is crowded in all the days of the year.

Uchi pillayar is another form of the Lord and his temple is situated at Trichy of Tamilnadu. The Lord here is sitting at the top of a huge rock in 95 m high in the middle of the town. On the top of the rock we can get glimpse of god Uchi Pillayar and also enjoy the magnificent view of the city.

Bala Vinayaka is the youth or child form of Vinayaka in which he has been accompanied with his brother Lord Muruga and worshipping their Father Lord Shiva. This form of the Lord shows the great truth of God of Gods.

Selva Vinayaka is the decorated form of Lord Vinayaka with gold jewels and ornaments. He is associated with wealth to offer wealthy life to his devotees.

Mukkuruni Vinayaka is the giant form of Vinayaka and situated in the temple complex of Madurai Meenakshi Temple. His big belly reveals the truth of each and every thing of the universe is included into it.

Veera Vinayaka is the standing form of the Lord Who is reday to destroy the evil things to save innocent people from them. He has many heads and hands in this form. He is equipped with many weapons in this form.

108 Names of Lord Vinayaka

Akhuratha : One who has Mouse as His Charioteer
2. Alampata : Ever Eternal Lord
3. Amit : Incomparable Lord
4. Anantachidrupamayam : Infinite and Consciousness Personified
5. Avaneesh : Lord of the whole World
6. Avighna : Remover of Obstacles
7. Balaganapati : Beloved and Lovable Child
8. Bhalchandra : Moon-Crested Lord
9. Bheema : Huge and Gigantic
10. Bhupati : Lord of the Gods
11. Bhuvanpati : God of the Gods
12. Buddhinath :God of Wisdom
13. Buddhipriya : Knowledge Bestower
14. Buddhividhata : God of Knowledge
15. Chaturbhuj : One who has Four Arms
16. Devadeva : Lord! of All Lords
17. Devantakanashakarin : Destroyer of Evils and Asuras

18. Devavrata : One who accepts all Penances
19. Devendrashika : Protector of All Gods
20. Dharmik : One who gives Charity
21. Dhoomravarna : Smoke-Hued Lord
22. Durja : Invincible Lord
23. Dvaimatura : One who has two Mothers
24. Ekaakshara : He of the Single Syllable
25. Ekadanta : Single-Tusked Lord
26. Ekadrishta : Single-Tusked Lord
27. Eshanputra :Lord Shiva’s Son
28. Gadadhara : One who has The Mace as His Weapon
29. Gajakarna :One who has Eyes like an Elephant
30. Gajanana : Elephant-Faced Lord
31. Gajananeti : Elephant-Faced Lord
32. Gajavakra : Trunk of The Elephant
33. Gajavaktra : One who has Mouth like an Elephant
34. Ganadhakshya : Lord of All Ganas (Gods)

35. Ganadhyakshina : Leader of All The Celestial Bodies
36. Ganapati : Lord of All Ganas (Gods)
37. Gaurisuta : The Son of Gauri (Parvati)
38. Gunina : One who is The Master of All Virtues
39. Haridra : One who is Golden Coloured
40. Heramba : Mother’s Beloved Son
41. Kapila : Yellowish-Brown Coloured
42. Kaveesha : Master of Poets
43. Krti : Lord of Music
44. Kripalu : Merciful Lord
45. Krishapingaksha : Yellowish-Brown Eyed
46. Kshamakaram :The Place of Forgiveness
47. Kshipra : One who is easy to Appease
48. Lambakarna : Large-Eared Lord
49. Lambodara : The Huge Bellied Lord
50. Mahabala : Enormously Strong Lord
51. Mahaganapati : Omnipotent and Supreme Lord

52. Maheshwaram : Lord of The Universe
53. Mangalamurti : All Auspicious Lord
54. Manomay : Winner of Hearts
55. Mrityuanjaya : Conqueror of Death
56. Mundakarama : Abode of Happiness
57. Muktidaya : Bestower of Eternal Bliss
58. Musikvahana : One who has Mouse as His Charioteer
59. Nadapratithishta : One who Appreciates and Loves Music
60. Namasthetu : Vanquisher of All Evils and Vices and Sins
61. Nandana : Lord Shiva’s Son
62. Nideeshwaram : Giver of Wealth and Treasures
63. Omkara :One who has the Form Of OM
64. Pitambara : One who has Yellow-Coloured Body
65. Pramoda : Lord of All Abodes
66. Prathameshwara : First Among All
67. Purush : The Omnipotent Personality
68. Rakta : One who has Red-Coloured Body

69. Rudrapriya : Beloved Of Lord Shiva
70. Sarvadevatman : Acceptor of All Celestial Offerings
71. Sarvasiddhanta : Bestower of Skills and Wisdom
72. Sarvatman : Protector of The Universe
73. Shambhavi : The Son of Parvati
74. Shashivarnam : One who has a Moon like Complexion
75. Shoorpakarna : Large-Eared Lord
76. Shuban : All Auspicious Lord
77. Shubhagunakanan : One who is The Master of All Virtues
78. Shweta : One who is as Pure as the White Colour
79. Siddhidhata : Bestower of Success and Accomplishments
80. Siddhipriya :Bestower of Wishes and Boons
81. Siddhivinayaka : Bestower of Success
82. Skandapurvaja : Elder Brother of Skand (Lord Kartik)
83. Sumukha : Auspicious Face
84. Sureshwaram : Lord of All Lords
85. Swaroop : Lover of Beauty

86. Tarun : Ageless
87. Uddanda : Nemesis of Evils and Vices
88. Umaputra : The Son of Goddess Uma (Parvati)
89. Vakratunda : Curved Trunk Lord
90. Varaganapati : Bestower of Boons
91. Varaprada : Granter of Wishes and Boons
92. Varadavinayaka : Bestower of Success
93. Veeraganapati : Heroic Lord
94. Vidyavaridhi : God of Wisdom
95. Vighnahara : Remover of Obstacles
96. Vignaharta : Demolisher of Obstacles
97. Vighnaraja :Lord of All Hindrances
98. Vighnarajendra : Lord of All Obstacles
99. Vighnavinashanaya : Destroyer of All Obstacles and Impediments
100. Vigneshwara : Lord of All Obstacles
101. Vikat : Huge and Gigantic
102. Vinayaka : Lord of All

103. Vishwamukha : Master of The Universe
104. Vishwaraja : King of The World
105. Yagnakaya : Acceptor of All Sacred and Sacrificial Offerings
106. Yashaskaram : Bestower of Fame and Fortune
107. Yashvasin : Beloved and Ever Popular Lord
108. Yogadhipa : The Lord of Meditation

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