Today is Sri Ganesha Chaturthi… Lord Ganesha’s appearance day. All over India (and now, the world), there is feasting in honor of the appearance of the elephant-headed son of Lord Shiva and Parvati Devi. Lord Ganesha is worshipped by his devotees for freedom of obstacles in the pursuit of their endeavors. As such he represents material success, and it’s accompanying opulence. He is also worshipped at the start of any endeavor, to ensure it’s success, whether spiritual or material… in that sense he is the “god of first things.” Born of Parvati Devi’s body, and bearing an elephant’s head (attached by Lord Shiva), Lord Ganesha is personable, fond of sweets, sports a pot-belly, and rides a mouse (who often nibbles on his sweetmeats)…
So who is Ganesha in relation to Lord Krsna? The Sri Brahma Samhita states in verse 50:
“I adore the primeval Lord Govinda, whose lotus feet are always held by Ganesa upon the pair of tumuli protruding from his elephant head in order to obtain power for his function of destroying all the obstacles on the path of progress of the three worlds.”
His Divine Grace, Srila Prabhupada says in his purport that “The power of destroying all obstacles to mundane prosperity has been delegated to Ganesa who is the object of worship to those who are eligible to worship him. He has obtained a rank among the five gods as Brahma possessing mundane quality. The self-same Ganesa is a god in possession of delegated power by infusion of the divine power. All his glory rests entirely on the grace of Govinda.”
Lord Ganesha’s favorite sweet – Modhaks (steamed rice flour dumplings filled with coconut and jaggery)
All glories to Sri Ganesha, whose glory rests on Sri Govinda!