|| Om Sri Mahaganapathaye Namaha ||
Sri Swanandaashrama
(Ganesha Mahasamsthana)
Srimajjagadguru Shankaracharya
Sonda Swarnavalli Mahasamstana
About Ganesha

Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati, is revered and worshipped as the destoryer of evils or remover of obstacles and more generally considered as the Lord of success. He also worshipped as the lord of education, knowledge, wisdom and wealth.

Ganesha is known by different names like Vinayaka, Vighnaraja, Dvaimatura, Gaadhipa, Ekadanta, Heramba, Lambodara and Gajanana just to list a few. Similarly, Ganesha's iconography is also varied with many forms - He may be potrayed standing, dancing, heroically taking action against demons, playing with his family as a boy, sitting down or on an elevated seat, or engaging in a range of contemporary situations. The principal scriptures dedicated to Ganesha are the Ganesha Purana, the Mudgala Purana, and the Ganapati Atharvashirsa.

Ganesha is one of the five prime dieties(Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and Durga being the other four) whose idolatry is glorified in the panchayatana puja - a system which consists of the woeship of 5 deities: "Adityam Ambikaam Vishnum Gananaatam Maheswaram". As per HIndu mythology. all deities have their own sbodes or dwelling place. Brahma is said to reside in Brahmaloa, Indra is Swargaloka, Vishnu in Vaikunta and Shiva in Kailash. What about our most adored one - Sri Ganesha ! His abode is known as "Swananda Loka". Hence, the name Swananda Ganapathi. Swananda  means eternal happiness of the innerself -Swa(self), Ananda(happiness).

Sri Swananda Ganapathi resides in Swananda loka. It is above the Swarga loka in the midst of Ikshu Sagara(Ocean of sugar cane juice), on a Swetha Kamala(White lotus), upon a Ratna Gambali(Silk sheet) wherein rests Lord Ganesha in the Bala Ganapathy form (9 yr old boy) being pamperedand served by Ashta Siddis. Alongside is Samaveda Purusha reciting Sama veda.

Swananda Ganapathy Ashram gives you an opportunity to worship Lord Ganesha in one of these Original forms.

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