Followers of the Sanatana Dharma revere Lord Ganesh through two separate yet closely interwoven viewpoints: (1) As the favorite child of Parvati and Shiva who removes our obstacles and blesses us with wealth and intellect and (2) as the Supreme Soul. While Ganesh may, at times, appear to be “dependent” on his parents to devotees who opt for the first approach, the exclusive devotees of Ganesh (known as Ganapatya) do not worship him because he is Shakti’s kid or a remover of obstacles; they worship him because he is God. For them, he is the Absolute Reality or Omkar who has incarnated as Goddess Parvati’s baby out of his own wish, just like Lord Krishna incarnated as the son of Devaki. In fact, in some versions of his origin, Ganesh is assumed to be Vishnu himself.
Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to all! And Happy Birthday to Ganesh!
Last edited on March 28, 2019