Ganesha Temple

On 11th June 2000 Swami graciously consecrated the Ganesha temple, inaugurated the dormitory for the aged people, and Goshala.
Ganesha is the deity of suspiciousness. He is adorable not only to man but also to the gods. The word 'Ganesha' means the Lord of Ganas (the army of the gods), the leader of the army of Shiva. That is why he is also called Ganapati and Gananayaka.

Maharshi Narada has praised Ganesha as follows:

Vidyarthee labhate vidyam
Dhanarthee labhate dhanam
Putrarthee labhate putram
Moksharthee labhate gatim

'A student acquires education, a man who desires money gains wealth, one who seeks a son gets a son and the aspires of salvation reaches his goal.'

There are several verses on Ganesha, which are well known. One of them is:

Vakratunda Mahakaya

Suryakoti-sama-prabha

Nirvighnam kuru me deva

Sarva-karyeshu sarvada


'Oh, the curved-faced, gigantic Lord Ganesha, you are like a million suns in brilliance; always kindly free us from hurdles in all our endeavors.'

It is the custom to chant such hymns with devotion, and bow down to Lord Ganesha before starting any important work.