Ganesh Jee | Stories-20
Why Ganesh Jee is called Vighnhar, Vighnhaaraa, Vighnhartaa or Vighneshwar? It is an interesting story.
The legend has it that once Indra created an Asur Vighnaasur, to destroy the prayer organized by King Abhinandan. However, the demon went a step further and destroyed all Vaidik, religious acts. All the sages and people pleaded to God Ganesh for protection and to answer the people’s prayers, Ganesh defeated the demon. The story goes on to say that on after defeating, the demon begged and pleaded with Ganesh to show his mercy on him. Ganesh then granted him his plea, but on the condition that demon should not go to the place where Ganesh worshiping is going on. In return the demon asked for a favor that his name should be taken before Ganesh’s name.
Thus the name of Ganesh became Vighnahar or Vighnhaaraa or Vighneshwar or Vighnhartaa (Vighn in Sanskrit means an obstacle in the ongoing work due to some unforeseen, unwarranted reasons). Ganesh here is called Vighneshwar Vinaayak.
Created and Maintained by Sushma Gupta
Created on March 15, 2003 and Updated on May 18, 2013