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What is Ganesha Chaturthi / Ganesha’s Birthday

Lord Ganesha is the favorite God of millions of people. You can find Ganesha’s temple anywhere and everywhere in India. He resides on the banks of the rivers, under the trees, on the streets and where not. Ganesha temples are not only found in India but all over the world. He is the protector and obstacle remover.

About Ganesha’s birthday, Dr. Pillai has said: 

“The birthday of Ganesha is a time to remember him as a God coming to help us with intelligence and technologies. I want you to take advantage of the very special time of his birthday because it is the day he showers blessings on people who come to him.

Ganesha Chaturthi

Ganesha Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi is celebrated throughout India, to mark the birthday of Lord Ganesha. The occasion falls on the 4th lunar day of Shukla Paksha (waxing Moon phase) in the month of Bhadrapada (Aug – Sept) also known as Aavani month (Tamil Calendar). (Please rephrase this sentence) The festival is usually celebrated for ten days, at the end of which the idols are carried in a procession with joyful music and chants and dissolved in a nearby water body.

Lord Ganesha is known by many names including Vigneswara, Vinayaka and so on and is in different forms. Some of his more popular ones are:

  • Ekadanta – The one with limitless powers
  • Heramba – The one who removes obstacles
  • Lambodara - The one who protects all worlds
  • SurpaKarna– The onewho shows compassion by giving the highest knowledge

Mythology behind Lord Ganesha

There are many legends describing the circumstances of the birth of Ganesha. According to Shiva Purana, once Goddess Parvati decided to have bath and felt the need of a guard to prevent intruders. She created a child out of turmeric powder gave life to him. She ordered him not to allow anyone into her private chambers. Later, when Lord Shiva came to meet Parvati, the child denied access, without knowing that the Lord is her consort. This made the Lord angry and a fight broke between the child and Lord Shiva. In the end, the ever powerful Lord Shiva beheaded Ganesha. When Parvati returned, she was shocked to find her guard dead and headless. When Lord Shiva knew the truth, he ordered the guard’s body to be fixed with elephant’s head. The child was given life and came to be known as Lord Ganesha. His birthday is celebrated as Ganesha Chaturthi.

In one of the Puranic tales, the Devas approached Shiva asking for help, as they were under attack by demons. Shiva graciously consented to aid them and out of his mind there appeared the glowing figure of a child with the head of a powerful elephant. It is said that Parvati, on seeing this beautiful child, placed him on her lap and decreed that no endeavor, whether it be by mortal or god, would be successful if prayers were not offered to the child. Shiva made the elephant-child, the lord of his Ganas.

Even the Gods and Goddesses have worshipped Lord Ganesha before starting on any mission. As per myth it is believed that any activity performed after praying to Ganesha will bring positive results. Once Lord Shiva proceeded to wage a war against a demon, which had been a scourge to Gods and Devas alike, without getting the permission of Ganesha, taking His son for granted. This enraged Ganesha much. In his anger, He caused the axis of the Chariot in which his father was traveling to break. Then Shiva pleaded guilty before his son. Only after offering his respects to his own son, the Supreme God Shiva could proceed further in his mission.

There is another Legend that says that even the Sun God (Planet Sun) worshipped Lord Ganesha that the Sun should not lose his luster and light at any point of time. He worshipped Lord Ganesha in the form of Arkka Ganapathy.

He is the God of good luck and auspiciousness and is the dispeller of problems and obstacles. He is also worshipped as the God of wisdom, wealth, health, celibacy, fertility and happiness. In the panchayatana pooja, Ganesh is glorified as one of the five prime Hindu deities (Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Shakti and Ganesha) whose worship confers immortality and liberation. Before you start work, you must pray to Ganesha. He commands first place in everything. Even when you go to a temple, you will first offer prayers to Ganesha.

Significance of Ganesha Chaturthi

Lord Ganesha is symbolized with an elephant head, pot belly and mouse as his vehicle. The elephant head denotes divine wisdom; the pot belly represents abundance and mouse means swiftness. He is also called as “Vinayaka” which means “destroyer of hurdles”. You must worship Lord Ganesha before beginning any work/business, to abstain all hurdles and blocks that you may confront. By worshipping Lord Ganesha and observing fasting on this occasion, you are bestowed with abundant wealth and prosperity. The ceremony is also considered auspicious to start any new business or venture. SankataharaChaturthi– is one of the most important day dedicated to the worship of Lord Ganesha. ‘Sankatahara’ means ‘the one who removes obstacles and sorrows’. Worshipping Lord Ganesha on the 4th waning Moon every month destroys all the hurdles on your path and blesses you with health, wealth and a hitch-free life.On this day Lord Ganesha would be in red color with four arms, clad in blue, seated on a Lotus peetham with his consort to his left.

Celebration Rituals of Ganesha Chaturthi

Ganesha idols made of clay are purchased and kept in the pooja at home. Then the idol is consecrated and poojas are performed rending the chants and offering the prasad. In temples, the ceremony is celebrated for 10 days and includes chanting of Vedic Hymns and Ganapati (Ganesha) Upanishad. The Lord is worshipped by offering sweets such as modak, a delicious dumpling made of rice flour, jaggery and dry fruits, which is believed to be Ganesha’s favorite. After the daily prayer, they are distributed as prasad to the community. On the tenth day, the idols are worshipped with a grand pooja and are carried as a public procession for dissolving in a river or ocean. It is believed that he reaches Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati in Mount Kailash.

Coconut smashing ritual for Lord Ganesha

It is believed that coconuts have the special ability to absorb karma and hence smashing coconuts for Lord Ganesha on his birthday can dissipate all the negative energy holding back your success.

Benefits of celebrating GaneshaChaturthi
  • Revering Lord Ganesha can rid you of all obstacles and hurdles
  • Worshipping Lord Ganesha is auspicious for new beginnings and ventures
  • Praying to Lord Ganesha can bless you with prosperity, health and wealth, wisdom and knowledge
  • Offering your prayers with devotion, Ganesha can activate Adnya Chakra to purify your mind and soul
  • Meditating upon Ganesha can remove unintelligent behavior, obstacles and delays
  • Lord Ganesha can dissolve your karma which causes setbacks and failures
  • Meditation on the form of Ganesha has a deep impact on the psyche

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