Ganesha’s Popularity around the World

Lord Ganesh Sculpture

Lord Ganesh Sculpture (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hundreds of years ago Hindu missionaries went to different countries. They carried with them the idols of Ganesh who was their supreme deity. They spread their ideas about His form, power and the symbolic significance of His form.  Merchants used to carry the idols of Ganesh to foreign countries so that their journey and trade may be free from obstacles. Perhaps, Ganesh came to be known to people of other lands for these reasons; Anyway, Ganesh is a popular God even in foreign countries.

Different Names in other cultures 

Hinduism Today ( in its February 1989 issue wrote, “It is an incontrovertible fact that Lord Ganesh is real, not a mere symbol. He is a potent force in the universe, not a representation of potent universal forces. Of course, Ganesh belongs to all mankind, not to Hindus alone, though not all men on the planet call Him by our name, Ganesh. To the Chinese He is embodied in the form of a massive dragon, whose physical immensity depicts His incredible and irresistible force. To some Chinese He is Kuan-shi t’ienor Ho Tei, the large-bellied God of Happiness. To the Polynesians He is God Lono. The Tamilscall Him by the affectionate term Pillayar, Noble Child. The Tibetians know Him as ts’ ogs-bdag, and the Burmese worship Maha-Pienne. In Mongolia His name is Totkhar-our Khaghan.Cambodians offer worship to Prah Kenes, and the Japanese supplicate Vinayaksa or Sho-ten. By some He is envisioned as the feminine Mother Nature, and even non-believers seek to understand Him through personifying His great powers as Fate, Destiny or Numen. TheGreeks called Him Janus and sought His blessings at the outset of any new venture. In theWest He is revered as the corpulent Santa Claus, the giver of boons and gifts. The Buddhists and Jains also honor Ganesha. In one form or another, Lord Ganesha is honored throughout the world.”

Popularity in the Corporate World 

Pramod Batra ( October, 1997) says, “As a student of management, I was fascinated enough by Ganesha to research the subject. Clearly, there is much we could learn to become more effective managers. Management is always the major chunk of the problem on the job; in business and at home. Lord Ganesha’s big head inspires us to think big and think profitably; the big ears show openness to new ideas and suggestions; the narrow eyes point to the deep concentration needed to finish a task well; the long nose encourages curiosity and learning. I have found inspiration in Ganesha’s wisdom and judgment, His ability to solve problems and remove obstacles, His capability as a communicator, His goal-orientation and His adaptability. These qualities were much needed by our forefathers as they advanced from hunters to agriculturists. More than strength, they needed wisdom and judgment to survive. These qualities are no less at a premium today, especially for managers.

A Ganesh manager likes people, all kinds of people with their diverse skills and aptitudes, and he likes to work. He enjoys bettering his records. He is forward-looking, with clear and friendly eyes. He likes to set goals and solve problems, and because he is stimulated by this challenge, he becomes better and better at it. He likes to help others realize their goals. He nurtures his own understanding and discrimination by reflecting on his own and others’ experience. He always operates at 150 per cent of capacity; he knows that’s what keeps him happy and growing.


About Vikram Kharvi

Vikram is an experienced communications professional with over 17 years of expertise in growing, managing and defending leading brands’ reputation across industry sectors in traditional media and digital environments. With his strong background in media and integrated communications, he drives impactful communications strategies that contribute to a company’s strategic objectives. He has held key positions at Tata Housing, Adfactors PR, Sampark PR, The Resort and Indian Express Group. He also had his share of entrepreneurial experience of publishing and editing a maritime weekly – Shipping Today for over 7 years. Vikram has managed corporate, crisis and product PR and has actively interacted with almost every type of media across the length and breadth of our country. He has managed communications campaigns for large and mid-size companies in B2B & B2C space, across sectors such as Technology, Education, Real Estate, Infrastructure, Shipping, Logistics, Finance, Media etc. He has counseled at the highest levels as well as sorted things out at street level for top brands including Tata Housing, Aptech, 3i Infotech, Oracle Financial Services Software, BMC Software, Rolta India, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, ICICI Lombard General Insurance, Bharati Shipyard, Mumbai SEZ, Ybrant Digital and many more. Vikram enjoys wide industry recognition as an expert on emerging media technologies and public relations. Vikram writes extensively on PR, social media, marketing and branding. A prolific blogger since 2004; his blog, is India’s most read PR blog. Most notably he has also founded Indian PR Forum, India’s largest online forum of PR professionals. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge on PR and Social media through lectures at various communications institutes across India and by also speaking at various industry forums, events & seminars. Vikram holds a Master’s & Bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and Mass Communications. He has been honored with Y Imagine Excellence Award - “Best Young PR Professional of Year 2011” by Young India Communicators Forum (YICOF), Hyderabad, 5 individual awards at Tata Housing and 2 awards at The Resort for various communications related initiatives. His interests include his family, photography, travelling, of course, blogging. Vikram can be reached via email at pr or on social hubs like, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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