Lord Vinayaka is one of the widely worshipped deities, and is venerated as ‘obstacle remover’. The elephant head of Vinayaka makes his unique and easy to identify. Lord Vinayaka is the son of Lord Shiva and Parvati. He has many titles that include – Ganapathi, Ganesha, Vigneshwara etc.
Lord Shiva is considered as the god of death and goddess Parvati is Shiva’s wife. Once, she decided to take a bath. As there is nobody to guard, she thought to make a child for herself. So, she took some clay from the ground and fashioned a little boy and gave him instructions to stand guard.
Lord Shiva returned home and was infuriated by Vinayaka’s insolence and beheaded him. Seeing her son in such a situation, Parvati took a terrible form and vowed to destroy everything.
Realizing his mistake, Shiva replaced the head of Vinayaka with the head of an elephant. On that day, Shiva declared that the boy would be called as ‘Ganesha’. Shiva and Vinayaka are worshipped by people of different religions and castes across different parts of the country.
People who worship Vinayaka not only get the blessings Ganesha, but also get the blessings of Lord Shiva. People living across different parts of India, celebrate ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’ as the re-birth’ of Ganesh. On this day, Shiva declared Vinayaka as the superior of all gods. Lord Vinayaka is blessed with a number of powers and is worshipped as the god of wisdom and prosperity. Shiva is also said as the ‘guru’ of lord Vinayaka.