Lord Ganesh

Basics

Ganesh

Lord Ganesh is perhaps one of the most highly venerated and represented of all the Hindu deities – so much so, that Lord Ganesh is even symbolised in our very own Imperial College Hindu Society logo.

Lord Ganesh is most commonly known to be the ‘Remover of Obstacles’ which is why he is always prayed to first. But, like many other Hindu deities, he has many names and forms – here are just a few:

  • Ganapati – Lord of Ganas (Gods)
  • Vinayaka – Lord of All
  • Vigneshwara – Lord of Beginnings & Obstacles
  • Vighnahara – Remover of Obstacles
  • Nandana – Lord Shiva’s Son
  • Devavrata – One who accepts all Penances
  • Vakratunda – Curved Trunk Lord

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