Shree Ganesh – Titwala Mahaganpati Mandir
Ganesha is one of the famous and greatly worshiped deities in Hinduism. The main identity of Ganesha is his elephant like head. It is known that Ganesha is the eldest son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Ganesha or Ganapati is the leader of the Shivaganas (the forces of Shiva). He is the first among the gods to receive all the honors. He is called Vighnaraja, or Vighneswara, lord of the obstacles and impediments. Devout Hindus worship him for removal of obstacles. Before starting any particular venture or worshiping other gods, they remember Ganesha, their beloved god. The only exception to this rule is when Shiva is worshiped. When you worship the father there is no need to worship the son separately because the son is always found in the heart of his father. So when Shiva is worshiped Ganesha is kept in the sidelines.
He is known by many names. The most popular ones include: Ganapathi (Lord of the ganas), Vighneswara (lord of the obstacles), Lambodara (potbellied), Vakrathunda (with a curved trunk), Mahaganapathi (great Ganapathi), Parvathinandana (son of Parvathi), Mushikavahana (rider of a mouse), Ekadantaya (one with one tusk), Dvaimātura (one who has two mothers, Kumaraguru (child guru), Siddhivinayaka (boon giver), , Heramba, Lambodara (one who has a pot belly, or, literally, one who has a hanging belly), and Gajanana ; having the face of an elephant and Balaganapathi (child Ganapathi). There are many other names and forms.
The Hindu title of respect Shri is often added before his name. One popular way Ganesha is worshiped is by chanting a Ganesha Sahasranama, a litany of “a thousand names of Ganesha”. Each name in the Sahasranama conveys a different meaning and symbolises a different aspect of Ganesha. At least two different versions of the Ganesha Sahasranama exist; one version is drawn from the Ganesha Purana, a Hindu scripture venerating Ganesha.
A prominent name for Ganesha in the Tamil language is Pillai. In the Burmese language, Ganesha is known as Maha Peinne, derived from Pali Mahā Wināyaka. The widespread name of Ganesha in Thailand is Phra Phikhanet or Phra Phikhanesuan, both of which are derived from Vara Vighnesha and Vara Vighneshvara respectively, whereas the name Khanet (from Ganesha) is rather rare.
In Sri Lanka, in the North-Central and North Western areas with predominantly Buddhist population, Ganesha is known as Aiyanayaka Deviyo, while in other Singhala Buddhist areas he is known as Gana deviyo.