Shri Ganesha is one of the most widely worshipped deities in the Hindu pantheon. Devotion to Ganesha is diffused and extends to Jains and Buddhists even beyond India. According to Hindu mythology Shri Ganesh is one such deity, who is always worshipped before starting any kind of religious ritual.
Ganesh Temples are common throughout India, but the Siddhi Vinayak Temple in Mumbai is the most popular one. Next to this, the most unique Ganesha Temple is in Ramshila situated at Gaya. The effigy of Ganesha here is made of Munga ( Coral ) which looks exceptionally beautiful and elegant.
Another unique feature on this Ganesh effigy is that the trunk of God points towards the right, whereas in all other effigies in Bihar, the trunk is towards the left. Ganesha here is popular within the devotees as the Lord who removes all obstacles.
It is also observed that during the summers, the effigy of Lord Ganesha secretes water. Most people here believe that, Ganesha sweats in the summers. A common belief among the devotees and visitors here is that, people who come here get their wishes fulfilled.
By Sanjeev K Sinha