Gan Gan

Taken from Google Images

Taken from Google Images

**The info below is something I copied/pasted from a closed Facebook group I belong to for devotees of Ganesha. At the very bottom, you can find the source of the citation, although while reading through it I noticed what I’m assuming are a number of errors made when pulling the material from the source – likely by someone whose first language is not English.**

Amazing Facts of Ganesha

Did you Know? There are 250 temples of Ganesha in Japan.
In Japan, Ganesha is known as ‘Kangiten’, the God of fortune and the harbinger of happiness, prosperity and good. An Oxford publication claims that Gnaesha was worshipped in early days in Central Asia and other parts of the globe. Ganesha statues have been found in Afghanistan, Iran, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Mongolia, Japan, Indonesia, Boreni, Bulgaria, and Mexico and other Latin American countries. It means that the worship of Ganesha was prevelant all over the world in the ancient times.

Ganesha in Europe, Canada and USA

Ganesha’s idol and paintings are exhibited in all the important museums and art galleries of all the European countries specially in UK, Germany, France and Switzerland. Ganesha idols and paintings(as Goodluck charm) are also present in thousands of houses/offices of successful business/writers/artists in all the European countries and in Canada and USA. Recently a figure of Ganesha was un-earthed in a village near Sofia, Bulgaria. Like Indian Romans worship Ganesha before a work is begun.

Irish believe in Ganesha

The embassy of Ireland at New Delhi became the first European embassy to invoke the blessings of Ganesha installed a statue of Ganesha at the main entrance of the embassy.

Silicon Valley in USA selects Ganesha as the presiding Deity of cyberspace technology

“Ganesha is the God of knowledge and Ganesha’s vehicle is the mouse and, as you know, for software engineers the mouse is the vehicle that they use to take their ideas and innovations from one place to the other.” Hence it was decided by the computer industry association to select Ganesha is presiding Deity of Silicon Valley.

Ganesha on Greek coins
Early images of an elephant-headed Deity, including those on an Indo-Greek coin and elsewhere, dating between the first and third centuries BC, represent Ganesha as the demiGod Vinayaka.

Indonesia Currency notes
One of the Indonesia currency notes carries the picture of Ganesha.

Vedic origin of Ganesha :

10,000 years old secret of success Devotees of Ganesha make reference to his Vedic origin which is around 10,000 years old to push his antecedents back in time. The vedas have invoked him as ‘namo Ganebhyo Ganapati’ (Yajurveda, 16/25), or lord of obstacles, Ganapati, we salute you. The Mahabharata has elaborated his personal appearance and upanishad as his personal appearance and upanishads his immense power. “Scholars say, artifacts from excavations in Luristan and Harappa and an old Indo-Greek coin from Hermaeus, present images that remarkably resemble Ganesha”. (“Robert Brown in his Book “Ganesha: Studies of an Asian God”:State University of New York Albany).

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