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Ganesh Vandanam

Om Gam Ganapataye Namah
This is my first blog post and I seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha for an obstacle-free and successful blogging. 

Ganesh Vandanam

Suklaam Baradharam Vishnum
Sashivarnam Chaturbhujam
Prasanna Vadanam Dhyayet
Sarva Vighno Pasaantaye 
Agajanana Padmarkam Gajanana Maharnisam
Anekadantam Bhaktanam Ekadanta Mupasmahe

The meaning of the above sloka goes like this:
The bright moon-like complexioned, all-pervading one, in white clad, with four arms and an ever-smiling face, I meditate upon Thee to bless me and remove all the obstacles.

This is one the most important slokas that is recited before the beginning of any Hindu function / venture / religious ceremony. It is a believed that Ganesha who is also known as 'Vighnesa', destroys the evils and obstacles. Though the word Vishnum appears in this sloka, it is not related to Lord Vishnu but it literally means the all-pervading and it implies to Lord Ganesha. In fact, no Hindu would dare to start any work without first reciting this slokam. Ganesha is the elder son of Lord Shiva and Parvati Devi.

Lord Ganesha is the Lord of all the Ganas (i.e groups), hence he is also known as Ganadhipati / Ganapati ('adhipati' means lord).

Other Vigheswara slokas

Gajananam Bhootaganadhi Sevitam
Kapitha Jambuphala Charubhakshanam
Umasutham Sokavinasa Karakam
Namami Vigheswara Padapankajam

Vande Nirantara Samasta Kalaa Kalaapam
Sampatkaram Bhavaharam
Girija Kumaaram Lambodaram
Gajamukham PranavaSwaroopam
Lakshmi Ganesham
AkhilaaSruta KalpaBhoojam

Vakratunda Mahaakaaya KotiSurya Samprabha
Nirvighnam Kurume Deva Sarva Karyeshu Sarvada

Lord Ganesha is also believed to be the Lord of Success and He is worshiped by the devotees not only for removing obstacles but also for having good education, gaining knowledge and wisdom.
Lord Ganesha in spite of his short stature is believed to be highly knowledgeable and wise. It is He who could successfully script the great epic of Mahabharata non-stop while it was being dictated by the author / composer Sage Veda Vyasa.

Every year Hindus celebrate the birthday of Lord Ganesha as Ganesh Chaturthi on Bhadrapada Suddha Chaturthi day. Ganesha's idols are installed in the street corners. These are kept for 9 continuous days in some regions as a part of Vinayaka Navaratri celebrations. On the 11th day, these idols are taken in huge processions accompanied with dance and music and are immersed in the nearby water resources like lakes or rivers.

Ganapati Bappa Moriya!

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