Author Topic: Why Ganapati made himself Vishwaksena and had Sri Churanam on His forehead?  (Read 5187 times)


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Once Saint-Poet Kalamegam went to Sri Rangam Temple.  He found
to his surprise, Ganapati inside the shrine and Ganapati had Sri
Churanam on His forehead.  Vaishnavites call Him as Vishwaksena.
This type of Ganapati stone images as Vishwaksena can be seen
in some temples like Sri Rangam and Azhagar Kovil, near Madurai.
Saint Poet Kalamegam immediately on seeing Vishwaksena sung
an extempore poem.

" O Ganapati, you were born to Siva who vanquished
Manamatha with sugar cane bow and flower arrows,
Since your father is birthless and deathless, and
You cannot become owner of His abundant wealth,
You decided to come here as Vishwaksena, because
Vishnu would take 10 births and eventually die,
And you can become the lawful owner of His properties!

(Source: Stray Tamil Verses. K. Subramanya Pillai.)

Arunachala Siva.