Lord ganesh is famous among the masses irrespective of beliefs (saivarkall and vaynavarkal) wants, age or any other criteria. His presence is omnipotent. Everyone prays Lord Ganesh before any auspicious occasion. It is no wonder in saying that everything begins with him.Infact his symbol is usel evenbefore writing something new.
The influence of Lord ganesh is seen even in films. Many films would portray people asking for favors from Lord ganesh. They would even offer favors in return. It needs to be taken in the lighter sense as it is meant purely for humor. The purpose of citing this example is to understand Lord Ganesh’s influence. The tinsel world portrays the happenings in life and not versa.
Mouse happens to be the favorite animal of Lord ganesh. His gigantic physique and his choice might not have a coincidence figuratively. His zeal, prudence and judiciousness are not something new. His wits that wooed his younger brother for the coveted fruit will speak more than volumes on shrewdness.
This auspicious occasion (dipping The god's Idol in the sea during his birthday)is becoming a ground for antisocial elements and unscrupulous people to satisfy their vested interests by way of religious feuds. This is a matter of grave concern. This has been followed for ages. People who follow it are pious with the sole aim of worshiping Lord Ganesha. However it suffers from unwanted religious clashes.It has resulted in many riots. Police protection and court directions are becoming a regular part of this event.
People who devised these age old practices are will definitely be more than shocked to hear or know the plight of the beliefs if they are alive today.
Scientific principles of pressure and gravity were recently misinterpreted by some followers .The incident was milk drawn by the statue of lord Ganesh. It was blown up beyond proportion.
Lots of gossip, unwanted arguments, debates and public discussions followed them. Everything turned out to be mere time waste and clash of interests after the truth was revealed. Are all these called for?
Lord ganesh is not the only to face such controversies. Almost every god/goddess amid religion is criticized for something or the other. This basically degrades humanity and shows the arrogance and disrespect of mankind to elders and others. This is not meant to advocate any theist value. To be a theist or atheist is up to one’s own wish /will and everybody is at liberty to do that. Nobody has the right to question that freedom. However insulting or spreading false information about religious practices with an intention of disrupting human life and satisfying personal interest has to be shunned. Religion/caste has of late become a weapon to invoke the sentiment of the masses.