Lord Ganesha, also worshipped in the names of Ganesa, Ganesh, Ganapati, Ganapathy, Vinayakar, and Pillaiyar, is one of the well known and simple to worship deities in our Hindu pantheon. You may find the images of Lord Ganesha everywhere in India i.e. temples, river banks, underneath trees and mountain tops. Ganapathyam is the religion, in which Lord Ganesha is worshipped as the manifestation of the formless god or Nirguna Bhramhan. Ganapathyam is one among the Shanmathas established by Adi Sanakacharyar.
The elephant headed god is widely recognised as the remover of obstacles and more generally as Lord of Commencement, Lord of Wisdom and Intellect and Lord of Arts. He is usually honoured before commencing anything. He has multiple iconographical formats. His icon can formed simply from a handfull of turmeric paste or cowdung.
His Moola Mantra is Om Sri Ganeshaya Namah. The purana and other scriptures dedicated to Lord Ganesha include the Ganesha Purana, the Mudgala Purana, and the Ganapati Atharvashirsa.
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