Monday, September 16, 2013

Shri Ganpati Festival Special - Part 7

How many Lord Ganesha temples are there in Tokyo?

Over 100! Says Dr. Lokesh Chandra, Director of the International Academy Of Indian Culture, "German scholar Philipp Franz von Siebold has written that in 1832 there were 131 shrines dedicated to the goddess (Benzaiten) and 100 to Lord Ganesha in Tokyo itself. A 12th-century temple of Ganesha in Asakusa suburb of Tokyo has been declared a national treasure of Japan."

Ganesha is worshipped as god of love by many young boys and girls for achieving success in their courtship. The old worship him for success in business, Dr Chandra said. There are over 243 shrines dedicated to Lord Kangiten or Ganabachi, as Ganesha is known in Japan!

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