Friday, October 22, 2010

Maha Peinne, Burmese Ganesha on his mount the rat

PD Photo: A 1906 Burmese portrayal of Ganesha (Maha Peinne) on his mount (Vahana), the rat - The Thirty Seven Nats, from Southeast Asia Digital Library.

Lord Ganesha (Ganesa or Ganesh), popularly and mainly known also as Ganapati, Vinayaka or Pillaiyar, is one of the most widely worshipped Gods in Hinduism. Ganesha worship also extends to Jainism, Buddhism, some other religions and sects, and beyond India, including Burma (Myanmar), Southeast Asia and Malay Archipelago. Gifts of silver and gold coins with images of Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi during Diwali (Festival of Lights) celebrations are very popular in North India.

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