Significance Of Ganesh Chaturthi Puja
Grand Festivities To Mark the Birth Of Lord Ganesha
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha — the elephant headed God. He is the elder son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Lord Ganesha is known by different names and he is popularly known as Ganapathi and Vinayaka. He is worshipped at the start of any rituals and ceremonies as he is considered the God of Beginnings. Ganesh Chaturthi festival begins on Shukla Chathurthi which is the fourth day of the waxing moon period and ends on the 14th day of the moon period in the month of Bhadrapada (Aug-Sep). This year it falls on September 13, 2018.
How Lord Ganesh Got His Elephant Head
It is believed that on this auspicious day, Lord Ganesh was created by Mother Parvati. There are two different versions about Ganapathi’s birth. One has it that Mother Parvati created Lord Ganesh out of dirt from her body and set him to guard her while she finished her bath. At that time, Lord Shiva came to meet Goddess Parvati, but Lord Ganesh didn’t know who he was and stopped him from entering. He becomes furious and in a fight that ensued, severs Ganesha’s head. Parvati was upset and to console her Lord Shiva promises that Lord Ganesh will live again. Devas who went in search of a head to fix on the decapitated body could manage only the head of an elephant. Lord Shiva fixed the elephant’s head on the child and brought him back to life.
Other version has it that Lord Ganesha was created by Lord Shiva and Mother Parvati on request of the Devas.
Ganesh Chaturthi & Some Of His Favourite Food
On Ganesh Chaturthi festival, colourful shrines of Lord Ganesha are set up at temples as well as homes and the lord is worshipped for ten days by offering special pujas, rituals and deepa aarti. Some devotees make Lord Ganesh statue with turmeric or sandalwood paste. The ten days Ganesh Chaturthi pujas are performed by chanting powerful Ganesh mantra. Chant the Ganesh mantra and seek the blessings of Lord Ganesh on this day. And finally the idol is immersed in river.
On this day, people prepare sweet dish Modak (favorite of Lord Ganesha) using rice flour stuffed with jaggery, sometimes the filling is made of lentil mixture that’s not too spicy and offered to Him at the time of Chaturthi Puja. Even fruits, sugarcane, coconuts are his favourites. Maharashtra is known for the grand celebration of Ganesh Chathurthi. He is also worshipped in Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, China and Nepal on Ganesh Chathurthi.
Lord Ganesh – A Protector Of Financial Losses
Lord Ganesh is worshipped as the God of Success. Ganesh Chathurthi day is the best day to please Lord Ganesha. One can achieve prosperity, wealth and happy life by the grace of Lord Ganesha. The major aim of observing Ganesh Chaturthi is to remove all obstacles in any venture undertaken and it is believed that your life will be in a smooth path. Those who are affected by Graha doshas, planetary disorders, and bad effects of Karma can lead to depression, accidents, loss of property or other finance related losses, worries and anxiety, worship him on Ganesh Chaturthi by performing the pujas and other rituals.