GANESH CHATURTHI – FELICITATIONS IN ABUNDANCE TO ALL ON THE OCCASION BIRTHDAY OF VEGHANA-HARTA ON 13TH SEPTEMBER 2018
Ganesha Chaturthi – The Birth Day Of Veghana-Harta (Obstacle-Averter) & Vegana-Karta (Obstacle-Creator For Evil Doers). Ganesh Chaturthi or Ganesh Chauth or Vinayaka Chaturthi or Ganesh Utsav would be celebrated with gaiety and enthusiasm on 13th September 2018 (Thursday). He is called the God of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. The celebrations start on Ganesh Chaturthi and continue for 10 days – called Anant Chaturdashi and also termed as the Ganesh Visarjana or Ganesha immersion in the water bodies. At the time of immersion of the idol of Lord Ganesha, the devotees, in procession, sing songs praising the Lord Ganesha up to their destination (water bodies near their homes).
On this day, the devotees keep the clay idols in their homes or in public glare in temporary made stages or pandals. Prayers in the form of Vedic hymns are chanted besides the devotees observe the fast and offerings of modak and others sweets along with Prasadam are also distributed amongst the devotees.
He is the God of fresh beginnings and He eliminates our problems or obstacles. All the business ventures start by invoking His name. Even Gods and Demi-Gods worship Him and love Him the most. The Ganesha Chaturthi is celebrated in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Goa, Telangana, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Jammu (J&K) and Chattisgarh.
The earliest mention of Ganapati or Ganesha or Vinayaka is found in Rigveda. In this sacred scripture, Ganesha is mentioned to be the seer amongst the seers, abounding beyond measure in food, presiding amongst the elders and being the lord of invocation. It has also been mentioned: ‘nothing nearby or afar is performed without thee’. His name also appears in many other scriptures such as Skanda Purana, Narada Purana, Brahma Purana etc.
Pieces of evidence of worship of Ganesha have been found from 5th and 8th centuries. He has been seen with goddess Lakshmi (The Goddess of wealth and wellbeing) and Goddess Saraswati (Goddess of skill and knowledge). Lord Ganesha consorts are Ridhi and Sidhi – having their own place as wellness of the devotees.
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 Maa Parvati came to life!
Subsequently, She told him to guard the entrance to the bathroom and ordered him not to allow anybody to 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.
The prominent temples in India are mentioned below:-
- Shri Siddhi Vinayaka Temple, Mumbai.
- Shrimant Dagdusheth Aalwai Ganpati Temple,
- Kanipakam Vinayaka Temple, Chittoor.
- Manak Ula Vinayaka Temple, Pondcherry.
- Mathur Mahaganapathi Temple, Kerala.
- Ranthambore Ganesh Temple, Rajasthan.
- Moti Dungri Ganesh Temple, Jaipur.
- Ganesh Tok Temple, Gangtok.
- Ganapatipule Temple, Ratnagiri, Maharashra.
- Karpaga Vinayagar Temple, Tamil Nadu.
LORD GANESHA – VEGANA-HARTA
We may call Ganesha or by any name Ganapati or Vinayaka
Or any of His 108 names like Veganna-Harta
Each has distinct meaning of its own
The most powerful deities of all who is hitherto have been known
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, (filled with wisdom) the one who is the Lord of wisdom
And is also a knowledge giver to those who worship Him
And above all Vishwaraja
The Lord of all.
Ganesha is born out of the dirt
Rubbed out of the being of Adi Shakti
The powerful Lordess Parvati
Goes to prove beyond any stretch of the imagination
A most significant lesson for us humans
That we ought not to feel egocentric about our origin
But should introspect that even dirt has the 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.