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Lord Ganesha is the most honoured and worshipped deity in the Hindu religion. Lord Ganesha is the ‘Pratham Pujniya’ among Hindu people. Lord Ganesha is known by many names like Ganapati, Gajanana, Vinayaka, Vighnaharta.
Lord Ganesh is younger son of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva. The most popular ancient legend in respect of birth of Lord Ganesha is that Goddess Parvati made Ganesha from sandalwood paste and asked little Ganesha to guard the door while she was bathing. Once when Goddess Parvati was taking bath, Lord Shiva came and wanted to enter the premises but Ganesha did not allowed him to enter. Being denied to enter in his own house made Lord Shiva angry and in his rage Lord Shiva raised his Trishul and with it severed the head of Ganesha.
This incident infuriated Mata Parvati and Lord Shiva had to promise to gift his life back to Ganesha in order to calm the anger of Maa Parvati. Shiv Ji then ordered his followers (Ganas) to bring the head of first living being. The followers saw a baby elephant and took its head, bringing it back to lord Shiva who then joined the head of the baby elephant with the remaining body of Ganesha. Lord Ganesha thus came to be known as ‘Gajanan’ which means the one with head of elephant.
Lord Ganesha has two wives Mata Riddhi and Mata Sidhi and his two sons are Shubh and Labh. Ganesh Ji rides on mouse, which is his chosen vehicle. Modak and ladoos are most liked by Lord Ganesha.
Lord Ganesha is the remover of obstacles that is why he is also called “Vighnaharta or Vigneshwar”. Lord Ganesha is the Lord of intelligence, wealth, wisdom, knowledge and prosperity. Lord Ganesha, being the lord of beginning and destroyer of all obstacles is worshipped before starting of all auspicious events, works, rites, rituals and ceremonies according to Hindu scriptures.
Thus, every religious ceremony begins with Ganesh Vandana. Though worshipping Lord Ganesha brings auspicious results on all days, but Wednesday is considered as the most auspicious day for Ganesh Vandana. It is highly recommended for people with weak Mercury in their horoscope to perform Ganesh Vandana on Wednesdays to gradually increase positivity in their lives. Ganesh Vandana please Lord Ganesha and brings success and good fortune in life.
Ganesh Vandana must be done while following all the Vedic rituals to please Lord Ganesha. Ganesh Vandana is done at a sacred place and on a raised platform, a red or saffron colored cloth should be spread on that platform. The idol or portrait of Lord Ganesh is then placed on it as a part of Murti Sthapana. Lamp (Jyoti), earthen or metallic, is lit in front of Lord Ganesha. Incense sticks (agarbati) are also lit. One of the most important mantras for Ganesh Vandana is the Ganesha Beej Mantra: “Om Gan Ganpataye Namah”. This is followed by a prayer to Lord Ganesha to come to the devotees house and accept the Puja offerings.
Ganesh Vandana involves symbolic holy bath of Lord Ganesh by sprinkling holy water on him. Sacred thread is offered to him. Panchopchar Puja is performed where 5 different offerings are made to Ganesh Ji. Vermilion and raw unbroken rice grain is applied on the forehead of Lord Ganesha. As written in Shiva Puran, Lord Ganesha can be pleased with the offerings of vermillion, gangajal, fresh flowers or garlands, as well as bhog of modaks and ladoos. Ganesh Vandana is concluded by recitation of Ganesh Aarti. The Arti is typically performed while holding a earthen or matellic lamp before Lord Ganesha.
Ganesh Chaturthi also known as Vinayaka Chavithi is celebrated in the Bhadra month of Hindu calendar which generally falls in the month of August or September, Ganesh Chaturthi is an auspicious Hindu Festival which marks the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesh and is celebrated for 10 whole days. This auspicious festival is celebrated on a grand-scale every year since the time of King Shivaji.
Beautiful and unique Idols of Lord Ganesh are made all over the world and are worshipped for these 10 days by devotees in their households. The Idols are beautifully decorated with flowers and natural items & ‘prasad’ is made to please Ganpati Bappa. Some of the most important rituals performed during this time are Pranapratishhtha, Shhodashopachara, Uttarpuja, and Ganapati Visarjan.
Celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi takes place with faith, pomp and slender throughout the world. Ganesh Visarjan takes place on the last day of the festival called Anant Chaturdashi. The devotees on the last day of the festival come out in processions carrying the idols of their beloved God and perform immersion in a running water source with a hope to bring Bappa back into their homes next year.
Ganesh Visarjan symbolises the return of Lord Ganesha to Mount Kailash to join Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Another very auspicious day for Ganesh Vandana is on the fourth day of Krishna Paksha (begins on purnima and ends on amavasya) of the lunar month as per the Hindu calendar. The devotees on this day worship Lord Ganesha for his blessings, for good luck, and for favourable fortunes that can avert bad times.
‘Sankashti’ is a Sanskrit word which signifies liberation from difficult times. Sankashti Chaturthi which falls on Tuesday is known as Angaraki Sankashti Chaturthi. Devotees on Sankashti Chaturthi observe a strict fast from sunrise to moonrise. Devotees break their fast after praying to Lord Ganesha and then looking at the moon. Ganesh Vandana when performed with full devotion and according to Vedic guidelines on this auspicious day prevents one from facing tough times in their lives.
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