elephant-faced-Deity of the Hindus known popularly as Ganesha has intrigued
all thinking men all over the world, all through the ages even unto the
present day. They are puzzled as to how a cultured class of people going
by the name of Hindus could have denigrated themselves by worshipping
this funny looking elephant-faced-Deity giving him an eminent status in
You go anywhere in India you will find him
in the Hindu temples, thoroughfares, public parks, pavements, bathing
ghats and even on hill tops and wherever the Hindus went they took with
them this Deity and secured for him a status not less than what he held
in the country of his origin.
Besides India, Tibet and Nepal, he is also
found in almost all countries in South East Asia and even in China and
Japan. It is surprising to note that in the distant Mexico the cult of
Ganesha was prevalent as is revealed by his figures discovered in the
archaeological excavations in that country. Recently, in U.S.A. also a
Ganesha temple was consecrated at Flushing, a suburb of New York.
The reverence and devotion for him in India
and also elsewhere have not abated even in these days of free thinking
and rationalism. He is invoked by all classes of orthodox Hindus in all
walks of life for success in their endeavours and thanked profusely after
In an elated state of mind a high ranking
Hindu Naval Officer is reported to have broken 108 coconuts before the
image of this Deity in an unofficial thanks giving ceremony for his victory
in a naval engagement over the Pakistan Navy in the 1971 war.