As per Hindu Mythology there are 36cr Gods and the biggest is Lord Shiva. Among all of these Gods there are three main Gods- Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. Mahesh is none other than Lord Shiva. It is believed that all these three have divided their work like Brahma is known to be ‘surjanhaar’ means he creates the world, Vishnu is known to be ‘Palanhaar’ means he looks after the world and Mahesh i.e Lord Shiva is known for ‘Mukti’ means liberation of soul in all creatures. Among all these Gods and Goddesses, Lord Ganesha is worshiped first. Lord Ganesha is the son of Lord Shiva and Parvati and has elder brother Kartik.
There are many stories of Lord Ganesha’s devotions in our Hindu Myths. He is different from others by his elephant head and human body and a huge trunk. He is the most powerful among others as he is the one considered for removal of all the obstacles coming in our life so he is also known as “Vighneshwara”.
Om Vighneshwaray varadaya surapriyay,
lambodharaay sakalaaya jagaditaaya.
om naagaananaaya shruti-yagya vibhushitaaya,
Gauri sutaaya gana naath namo namaste.
Lord Ganesha is worshiped first before starting any new work. So he is considered as auspicious to everyone and is also known to be “Mangal Murti”. Lord Ganesha has many significance inside himself. An elephant headed also has story of his head. He was ready to cut his head but he can’t disobey his mother’s orders. Lord Shiva cut his head for neglecting his words but he stiffly stood against him just to follow her mothers instruction and orders. He was true and loyal to his mother, and when the story was known to Lord Shiva he too regretted for his deed. Lord Ganesha’s head was already cut. On Parvati’s request Lord Shiv ordered his followers to bring any head who arrives first with rising sun and that was baby elephant. After keeping elephant head on Lord Ganesha’s body some of the Gods was teased Lord Ganesha for his looks.
When Lord Shiva came to know this, he arranged a competition where Lord Ganesha showed his best intelligence, power and respect to others and he came first in the competition. Lord Shiva than blessed Lord Ganesha with auspicious power and declared that he always will be worshiped first in all three lok’s – Aakash lok, Pruthvi lok, Patal lok.
Each part of Lord Ganesha’s head symbolizes a deep meaning. Its big head takes everyone’s worries in itself, his big ears are always there to listen everyone’s prayers and give blessings. His trunk has its own meaning. When it is on left side, it represents moon and the cool power of ida nadi in our psychic body. It is said that Ganesha with left side trunk is compulsorily offered naivedya and that is Ladoo(Sweet Balls) or Jaggery. It is believed that when Lord Ganesha accepts the Naivedya, he will boon us with sweetness in our life in return. This is why if we need to enjoy material prosperity and comforts, we need to worship and pray Lord Ganesha with left-sided trunk enjoying a sweet laddu!
Right side trunk Ganesha represents Sun and hot power of pingala nadi in our psychic body. This Ganesha helps us to get ‘Moksha’ by meditation and yoga. Person worshiping this Ganesha follow the path of liberation. Ritualistic worship of the traditional form of Lord Ganesha as described in Ganapati Upanishad is highly recommended to do material comforts and prosperity.