Also known as: Ganesha, Pillaiyar, Vinayaka, Ghanapathy, Vigneshwara, Lambodhara, Vignarajah 

  • Lord Ghanapathy is the eldest son of Lord Shiva. He is the God of wisdom and the Remover of obstacles. All Hindus pray to Him before they start anything new
  • Lord Ghanapathy has the head of an elephant, body of a man, and a small mouse as His vehicle, to represent that He is the Lord of all beings.

Where in the temple? 

  • He is situated in our moolasthanam (sanctum sanctorum), and in several other parts of the temple, in different forms

Main festivals celebrated in the temple

  • Monthly Festivals:
    • Ganesha Chathurthi
    • Sankatahara Chathurthi
  • Annual Festivals:
    • Mahotsavam / Thiruvilzha (Summer Festival)
    • Maambalzha Thiruvilzha
    • Pillaiyar Kathai / Vinayaka Viratham (Laksharchanai)
    • Vinayaka Chathurthi / Aavani Chathurthi
    • Pancha Ganapathi
    • Ghanapathy Homam

Associated songs / slokams

  • Vinayaka Agaval (Auvaiyar)
  • Om Sri Maha Ganadhi Pathaye Namaha,
  • Ganaanaam Twa Ghanapathihim
  • Ainthu Karathanai, Piddiyathan Uruvumai (Thirumurai)
  • Thirupugal: Kaithalal Niraikhani, Umbartharu, Pakkarai
  • Vinayakane, Thiruvaarkum
  • Paalum Thalithenum (Auvaiyar)
  • Ganesha Bajans – Temple versions (non-Sai) linked to temple bajan book
  • Ganesha songs – Maha Ghanapathim, Gananaathane

How to pray 

  • Ghanapathy is worshipped first before the commencement of any function e.g. weddings, festivals, the beginning of education, moving into a new house etc.
  • Arugampul grass is used for His worship
  • Thorpukaranam and Kutti kumbuduthal
  • Japa – silent meditative repetition of the mantra  – Om Gam Ganapathaye Namaha
  • Singing of songs to Lord Ganesha

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