While we bid adieu to Ganpati Bappa, today, here are 10 facts we need to know about him that are very interesting!
These 10 facts are the best way to say goodbye to ‘Ganpati Bappa’ this year:
1. Why do we say Ganpati Bappa Morya?
It is because Morya Gosavi, who lived in the 14th century in Chinchwad, Maharashtra was one of the greatest devotees of Lord Ganesha. It depicts the spiritual bond between God and devotees.
2. How did Lord Ganesha get the head of an elephant?
After Lord Shiva severed Ganesha’s head who was standing guard while Goddess Parvati was bathing and refused to allow Shiva to enter the house, Parvati wanted Ganesha to be brought back to life. The head of the first creature (elephant) who Brahma encountered was brought back & placed on Ganesha’s body.
3. What does ‘Ganesha’ & ‘Ganpati’ mean?
Ganesha and Ganpati both are Sanskrit words comprising of two words. Gana means a group while isha and pati mean lord, ruler and master.
4. According to Shiva Maha Purana, Lord Ganesha’s body is green and red!
5. In Tamil Language, Ganpati is fondly known as Pillai or Pillaiyar. In Burmese, as Maha Peinne. In Thai, as Phra Phikanet. And in Sri Lanka as Gana Deviyo.
6. The Mahabharata is written by Lord Ganesha, as Sage Ved Vyasa narrated it.
7. Lord Ganesha had two wives, Riddhi and Siddhi and two sons, Shubh and Labh, according to Shiva Maha Purana.
8. Once, Parshuram came to visit Lord Shiva but Ganesha stopped him from entering as Shiva was meditating. Angered, Parshuram struck Ganesha with his Pharasaa (an axe) which was given to him by Shiva. Ganesha took the blow on his one tusk in respect of his father’s weapon. Thus, Lord Ganesha is known as Ekdanta.
9. There are 108 names of Lord Ganesha such as, Vignaharta, Vakratunda, Pitambara, Lambodara, Mangal Murti and many more. He is knonw to haave eight incarnations – Vakratunda, Ekdanta, Mahodara, Gajavaktra, Lambodara, Vikata, Vighnaraja and Dhumravarna according to Mudgala, Purana.
10. While Mooshak, the mouse is Ganesha’s vahan in 5 out of 8 incarnations, Lord Ganesha, in the other 3, is also seen with a lion as Vakratunda, with a peacock as Vikata, and with Shesha, the divine serpent as Vighnaraja.
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