Call Ganesha by any name Ganapati or Vinayaka
Or any of His 108 names
Each has distinct meaning of its own
Known as a most powerful deities of all
The one who could be most easily identified
A huge and gigantic (Vikat rupa) one with the elephant head
The Bhupati – the Lords of the Gods
A Bhudhinath, the one who is the Lord of wisdom
And is also a knowledge giver
And above all Vishwaraja, the Lord of all.
Ganesha is born out of the dirt
Rubbed out of the being of Adi Shakti
Goes to prove beyond any stretch of imagination
A most significant lesson for us humans
That we ought not feel egocentric about our origin
But should introspect that even dirt has boundless power of its own
With our sincere thoughts and actions.
The collected mass of dirt was infused with pranpritishtha – Living energy
By Omnipotent and Omniscient Trinity
And with their blessing transformed Him the Vishwaraja – the Lord of all
The one who is Gunina – the master of all virtues
The most Kirpalu – the most merciful and benevolent (Kirpalu) of all
The one who removes all obstacles of His devotees
But the one who creates obstacles in the paths of evildoers
Which makes Lord Ganesha the first amongst all the deities.
When a new project or business has to see the light of the day
Venerable one is worshipped firstly
For sure success of that venture
Or when any sacred ritual or prayer or meditation has to start
His name makes a huge difference
In the fructification of our sincere efforts.
Ganesha has two consorts
Named Ridhi and Sidhi
Ridhi is for prosperity that is required
Sidhi is for getting spiritual movement upward
Including increasing positive thoughts into actionable results.
Lord Ganesha is also worshipped
For bestowing protection
And for increasing the power of recreation
Whilst removing obstacles from one’s path
Because of Lord Ganesha
Is considered as the patron
Of sagacity and intellect in abundance
My fond prayers to Thee O Lord Ganesha
Do bestow ease, peace & grace
For all humanity
So that all live in harmony.
Ganesha Chaturthi – The Birth Day Of Veghana-Harta (Obstacle-Averter) & Vegana-Karta (Obstacle-Creator For Evil Doers) – Celebrations from 25th August 2017 (Friday) to 5th September 2017 (Tuesday).
Before delving on as to why we celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi, it is essential that we should know the circumstances and how life was infused in a lifeless creation by Goddess Parvati.
Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayak Chaturthi is celebrated on the birthday of Lord Ganesha, which falls between 25th August 2017 (Friday) to 5th September 2017 (Tuesday). He is the most loved son of Lord Shiva and Lordess Parvati. The devotees’ firm belief is that on this day, he bestows his supreme blessings on us with his presence and showers his bounties (shuvta) on us as he is the Lord of prosperity, unlimited wisdom, and a troubleshooter to the core.
The Ganesha’s birthday is celebrated according to the Hindu Calendar month of Bhaadrapada starting with the Shukla Chaturthi – 4th day of the waxing moon period till 14th day of waxing of the moon. There is a celebration of ten days for which exhaustive preparations are made before hand. This includes; procuring of the lovely idol of Lord Ganesha, preparation of eatable, especially modaks for friends and relatives, some install Ganesha Idol on this day. This festival is celebrated in almost all the parts of India. Even in foreign countries like Canada, USA, UK etc where Indians are there, this festival is celebrated with gaiety and enthusiasm. It has special relevance in Maharashtra.
How the Birthday of Lord Ganesha came about?
Legend has it that Lordess Parvati created Ganesha out of sandalwood paste which was applied to Her body before taking bath. She was impressed by her own creation which ignited her curiosity of breathing / infusing life into that creation. Low and behold, the creation of Maan Parvati came to life!
Subsequently, She told him to guard the entrance to the bathroom and ordered him not to allow anybody enter it while she took bath. All this transpired when Shiva had gone somewhere. When He returned back, Ganesha, standing guard, did not allow Him to enter. On asking who he was. Ganesha replied that he was Ganesha the son of Maa Parvati.
Lord Shiva sent His Ganas to teach the child first lesson in mannerism. As Ganesha was created by Shakti, he was very powerful besides being obedient to the core. Indira and his army of demigods too used their power to overpower Ganesha but in vain.
Now it was the turn of Narda with Saptarishis came for persuading the child for allowing Lord Shiva but it was also a futile exercise. All this infuriated Lord Shiva still further. Out of anger, He severed the head of Ganesha. When Maan Parvati came out after Her bath, she found the severed head from the body of her creation. This scene enraged her immensely. Observing her state, Lord Shiva promised to bring back to life their son. For this purpose, the demigods went in search of the person facing north. They could not find any humans. They could find only bring the elephant’s head which was fixed on the headless body. Ganesha came back to life instantly through the supernatural powers of Lord Shiva.
WHY GANESH CHATURTHI IS CELEBRATED?
Previously, only Hindus used to participate in the festivities but presently there is a community participation in this festival. There is the enactment of concerts; discourses based on intellectual/spirituality related topics, skits, folk dances etc. Dahi Handi competition is another interesting and much awaited by the participants. Here prizes are also given. People of all castes, religions, and color participate in these festivities and this becomes a fertile ground for national integration and engenders understanding between different communities. All these activities have the two-fold benefit. Firstly, it enhances unity in diversity and secondly, it ensures completive fervor between people.
As Lord Ganesh is the embodiment of good tidings, people start their new businesses on this auspicious day so as to have His blessings for the success.
From the above, it is evident that this auspicious day of Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated for ensuring cohesion/unity between all the communities, encourage non-discriminatory ideas/ideals besides getting the opportunity to celebrate the auspicious occasion imbibing spiritual onward march and finally to get Lord Ganesh’s bounties of unlimited intelligence and wisdom.