One of the most popular deities among Hinduism, Lord Ganesha personifies effervescence and knowledge. He is in fact one among the five prime deities of Hinduism. The other four are – Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and Durga. it is believed that before beginning any auspicious work Lord Ganesha should be worshipped. Lord Shiva said that before any beginning any pooja one must pray Lord Ganesha and seek his blessings. Ever since that boon bestowed upon him, Lord Ganesha is worshipped right at the beginning. With devotion and dedication people pray to Lord Ganesha so that he removes all the obstacles of their path and leads them onto the path of properity. He takes away all the worldly attachments. He also graces devotees with knowledge, spiritual success and power. Religious experts and historians believe that Lord Ganesha is worshipped in all castes of Hinduism. His popularity is such that people from all parts of the country worship him. The most famous Ganesha mantras are – Om Shri Ganeshaya Namah and Om Gam Ganpataye Namah.
Astrologically speaking Wednesday is the best day for worshipping Lord Ganesha. Wednesday is the day of planet Mercury – the planet for success and Lord Ganesha is also the lord of success. Astrologers believe that if Mercury is weak in your horoscope you must worship Lord Ganesha whole heartedly on Wednesdays for fruitful results. By doing so Lord Ganesha would bless you with luck and fortune.