Ganapati is a unique God in the pantheon of Hindu gods and goddesses. He is an innocent child God for ever content and happily playing in the benign looks and graceful lap of the Divine Mother. Ganapati is indicative of the self of the aspirant whose heart pines for the comforting presence and protection of Amma.
There is no doubt that the Varasiddhi Vinayaka temple at Jillellamudi came into existence with the volition of Amma. A devotee child of Amma staying in faraway lands received the ‘prerana’ for the construction of the Ganapati temple and he met the major portion of the expenditure for the construction of the temple. Another devotee and his family members who are in the service of Amma for decades came forward to give shape to the beautiful temple by putting in lot of efforts and personally supervising the construction and installation of the deity. Yet another devotee child who received a picture card containing Amma and Ganapati together in a unique way from the hands of Amma 23 years before the temple was constructed, started performing Ganapati Homam every month (on Bahula Chavithi) at Jillellamudi even before the proposal of construction of the temple has taken a concrete shape. What is more significant is that the temple has come up at the site where Amma and her husband Nageswararao fondly called as Sri Nannagaru stayed in a thatched house for several years and Amma used to take bath at the very same place on which the Ganapati temple stands today. This corresponds to the lore about the creation of Ganapati by the Divine Mother.
The ascending journey of the soul towards the ‘Paramatma’ starts from the ‘Earth (Pridhvi Tattva) principle’ which is ‘Muladharam’ for which the presiding deity is Ganapati. In order to obtain his grace in matters material or metaphysical, worship of Ganapati to begin with, is considered essential.
In the Lalita Sahasra Namams, there is mention of Lord Ganapati at several places. The names ‘Kameswara Mukhaloka Kalpitha Sri Ganeswara’ and ‘Maha Ganesa Nirbhinna Vighna Yantra Praharshitha’ reveal the underlying Tattva of Ganapati worship.
Kameswara, the one who wielded his third eye ‘Jnana Nethram’ and annihilated the ‘Kama’ and who is the lord of all that is auspicious and good in the Universe (Sivamkara) accompanied the Divine Mother Lalitha Devi to the battle with Bhandasura. The divine Mother Lalitha Devi is ‘Tripura Sundari’ being the manifestation of all the beauty and loveliness of the three worlds. The Divine mother looks at the face of Kameswara and Ganeswara comes to manifest and destroys the Vighna Yantra hurled by Bhandasura. The deeper meaning of this story is said to be that the creation is the interplay of ‘Satyam’, ‘Sivam’ and ‘Sundaram’. Sivam is Kameswara and Sundaram (beauty) the Divine Mother. The beauty is not merely the physical beauty but comprises the other Iswara Vibhutis like wealth, power, position and possessions. Thus the look of Amma towards the face of Iswara means an appropriate and pious outlook towards the Iswara Vibhutis. If the seeker can cultivate this kind of outlook towards the things and issues of the world, ‘Satyam’ (Truth) would well up in his heart. Ganapati is that ‘Satya Swarupam’.
Amma, Jillellamudi is worshipped as Sri Lalitha Parameswari by lakhs of ‘Upasakas’ and the spiritually inclined all over the world. Right from Amma’s childhood, a long line of holy persons as also devout common folk who chanced to meet Amma were wonderstruck at her spiritual radiance. Amma, by her enchanting form and her tender love and compassion towards one and all gradually came to be known as the ‘Mother of all’. At Jillellamudi the abode of Amma, the beautiful temple of Varasiddhi Vinayaka her beloved son and remover of obstacle was consecrated during 2006.