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Ganesh Chaturthi & Lord Ganesha

Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated on the 4th day of the bright half of Bhadrapad. This festival marks the birthday of Lord Ganesh. Lord Ganesha or Ganpati is one of the most popular deities in the Hindu religion. It is worshipped by both Shaivites and Vaishnavites. Even Buddhists and Jains have faith for Ganpati. He is considered to be an avatar of both Shiva and Vishnu.
On the occasion of the Ganapati festival, a large number of idols are made of clay or metal in all possible sizes; sometimes even up to twenty feet.
People buy idols of Lord Ganesha and install them in their houses and worship the idol for one to ten days, after which the idols are taken out ceremoniously, through the streets of the town (especially in Maharashtra) and immersed into the river, sea or well.
A cultural feast is held to coincide with Ganesh Chaturthi in Maharashtra especially at Pune. Classical dance, music performances, poetry recitations, folk dances, theatre and film festival are the main features of this festival.
 

Some Names of Lord Ganesha: 108 Names

1. Akhurath - 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. Budhipriya - Knowledge bestower
14. Bhudhividhata - God of knowledge
15. Chaturbhuj - One who has four arms
16. Devadeva - Lord of all lords
17. Devantakanashakarin - Destroyer of evils and asuras
18. Devarata - One who accepts all gods
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 colored
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 lords
49. Lambodara - The huge bellied lord
50. Mahabala - Enormously strong lord
51. Mahaganpati - Omnipotent and supreme lord
52. Maheshwaram - Lord of the universe
53. Mangalamurti - All auspicious lord
54. Manomay - Winner of hearts
55. Mrityunjaya - Conqueror of death
56. Mundakarama - Abode of happiness
57. Muktidaya - Bestower of eternal bliss
58. Mushikvahana - One who has mouse as 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-colored body
65. Pramoda - Lord of all abodes
66. Prathameshwara - First among all
67. Purush - The omnipotent personality
68. Rakta - One who has red-colored body
69. Rudrapriya - Beloved of lord Shiva
70. Sarvadevatman - Acceptor of all celestial offerings
71. Sarvasiddanta - 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. Siddhivinayak - Bestower of success
82. Skandapurvaja - Elder brother of Skanda (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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