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Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi 2019

The festival of Ganesha Chaturthi is just around the corner with celebration already in process. The festival of Ganesha Chaturthi is one of the holiest festivals celebrated in India esp. in Maharashtra where it goes on for 10 days.

Lord Ganesha is the epitome of good luck and wisdom. His idol and photographs are used before the commencement of business, marriages, etc. He blessings are considered auspicious and is believed good luck.

Lord Ganesha is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and the brother of Kartikey/Shubhramanyam (The God of War). The legend has it that Goddess Parvati created Lord Ganesha out of Earth which she molded into the shape of a boy.

Story of Lord Ganesha:

Goddess Parvati did not want anyone to disturb her so she asked Nandi the bull to stand guard at the gate. Nandi agreed and started to perform the duty. But when Lord Shiva came home from one of his wanderings, he let him in as Nandi was more loyal to Lord Shiva. Seeing this Goddess Parvati got angry and decided to create someone who is just as loyal to her. So the Goddess Parvati created Lord Ganesha out of the earth and asked him to stand guard at the gate while she bathed. As shiva came home from his meditative wanderings and saw the boy standing there and identifying himself to be the son of Parvati. Lord Shiva got enraged and called all the demons that then fought vociferously with the boy. The boy was invincible and could not be defeated. Seeing this Lord Vishnu stepped in the form of Maya and Lord Ganesha got distracted on seeing the beauty of Maya. While Lord Ganesha was distracted, Lord Shiva chopped of Ganesha's head. Seeing all this commotion, Goddess Parvati came outside and saw that the boy had been killed. Shiva was repentant and asked for a new head to be found. The first animal available was an elephant and hence, the new head was that of elephant and Lord Ganesha became the most distinctive Gods in Hinduism.

Symbolism and Significance of Lord Ganesha:

In the Indian Puranas & scriptures, Lord Ganesha signifies wisdom and is considered the provider of knowledge and wisdom & the destroyer of ignorance. Lord Ganesha is the symbol of wisdom, and wisdom has been ranked before the five deities of Hinduism - Srihari, Shiva, Surya, Durga. Therefore, Shri Ganesh sits in all the temples of Hindu religion.

Lord Ganesha Symbolism:

  1. Ganesha's big belly represents kindness and total acceptance.

  2. The raised hand of Lord Ganesha is symbolic of protection. It means "Fear not for I am with you".

  3. His lowered hand depicts the act of giving and offering. It is also allegorical of the fact that we will one day dissolve into the Earth.

  4. The single tusk of Ganesha signifies one-pointedness

  5. Lord Ganesha is symbolic of spiritual awakening

  6. The vehicle of Lord Ganesha is a mouse. One of the idiosyncrasies of the mouse is that it cuts through anything. This particular thing is symbolic of cutting through ignorance.

The Festival of Ganesha Chaturthi:

The festival of Ganesha Chaturthi is one of the holiest festival in Hinduism. Ganesha Chaturthi is the birthday of Lord Ganesha and is celebrated with great enthusiasm and gusto. Lord Ganesha is considered as the God of Wisdom in the Hinduism. It is said that those who worship lord ganesha on the ganesh chaturthi will prosper and Lord Ganesha will endow wisdom ohim/her. This year the festival of Ganesha Chaturthi is falling on September 2nd, 2019.

As per the Chowghadiya Panchang, the auspicious timings are:

Chaughdiya wise:

  • Amrit Chaughdiya - 6.10 am to 7.44 am

  • Shubh Choghadiya - 9.18 to 10.53 in the morning.

  • Gain Chowghadiya - 3.35 pm to 5.09 pm.

  • Amrit Chaughdiya - Evening 5.09 to 6.53.

  • Late night time: 11:01 p.m. to 12:27 p.m.

Auspicious timing for Ganesh Sthapana:

Ganpati Stahpana:

For Ganpati Stahpana, take a bath and wear clean clothes. Decorate the place where you will install the idol of Lord Ganesha with rangoli, flowers, mango leaves and other materials. After installing the idol, perform pooja. Offer vermillon and Durva to lord ganesha and distribute the prashad of laddoos. Read the story of Ganesha Chaturthi, Ganesha Chalisa and perform Aarti. On this day, siddhivinayak form of Ganesha is worshipped and fasted.

Ganpati Immersion/Visarjan

During this festival which is celebrated with great pomp in Maharashtra, devotees usually keep Ganpati in their house for 7 to 11 days. Ganesh Visarjan is performed on Ganesh Chaturthi on the 11th day of Ganesh sthapana. At the same time, some people immerse Ganapati even in 3, 5, 7 or 10 days. Ganesha's idol is immersed with great pomp and it is prayed that this year he will be in his house Similarly, next year too, he should visit his house with great pomp and give him his blessings.

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