Lord Ganesha , son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, is worshipped by Hindus as the god of beginnings, knowledge, wisdom, intellect and remover of obstacles. One always starts any prayer, ritual or occasion by worshipping the Beloved Elephant God. Lord Ganesh blessings are also sought before starting any new venture. Lord Ganesha is also referred to as Ganapati, Gajanana, Vinayaka, Vighneshawar and Pillaiyar.
One of my favourite Prayers of Shri Ganesha is
"Vakratunda Mahaakaaya Suryakotee Sama Prabha
Nirvighnam kuru mey Deva
Sarva kaaryeshu Sarvadaa"
O Lord Ganesha who has a large body, curved trunk and brightness of a million suns, please remove all obstacles in my work always.
Ganesha Mantras are full of energy and power of Lord Ganesha and these mantras when chanted with genuine devotion removes obstacles and troubles in life and blesses with success and prosperity. Ganesh Mantras are also referred to as Siddhi Mantras and can remove depression, confusion, jealousy and fear from our minds.
There are 8 Temples in Maharashtra which is known collectively as Ashta Vinayaka Temples and it is said that every hindu should visit these temples atleast once in life time. The Pilgrimage to these temples is known as Ashtavinayaka Mandir Yatra.