Our favourite Ganesha

 

One of our most revered Lords, Lord Ganesha’s birthday is celebrated in a flamboyant manner every year all over India with a lot of zeal. This is one birthday celebration which goes on for 10 days. This year 2019 would witness another gallant and devout affair on September 2nd, to once again welcome him on his birthday with a bang. The Lord is known to enrich his devotees’ lives with good fortune while removing obstacles from their lives. 

 

 Artisans begin their work of honor 2-3 months before the festival by sculpting the Lord of Beginnings with much fervor, trusts begin their preparations to put up grand pandals, ahead of the festival to be ostentatious about their Lord. 

 
 

Did you know Ganesh Chaturthi is called Ganesh Habba in the Southern States?


Interestingly Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated as Ganesh Habba in the southern states. One day prior to Ganesh Chaturthi, Lord Ganesha’s mother Gauri is worshipped by married women for choicest blessings of long-lasting contentment and joy in their married lives. Gauri is the most powerful incarnation of Adhi Shakti Mahamaya.


To cherish abundance in life, Prasadam is offered during the festivities which comprise of Modak or Karanji, Payasa (Kheer), Obbattu (Puran Poli), Chitranna (Lemon Rice), Bajjis (Pakodas), etc.

 

A holy ritual highlighting our festival

 

 

Pran Pratishtha is a beautiful ritual where after the statue of Lord Ganesha is installed in our homes or on the podium, sacred mantras are recited earnestly to invoke his holy presence in the statue. 

 

Traditional offerings during the worship of Ganpati

 

 

Red flowers, a red paste of sandalwood paste on his forehead, rice, coconut, 21 durva (trefoil blades of grass), 21 modaks, and jaggery, are traditionally offered to the Lord. Durva grass is very special to Ganpati and hence it promotes the entry of the divine into the idol. He is revered with warm hearts and love for the next 10 days of this festival.

 

 
 
Our friend Lord Ganesha
 

 

Lord Ganesha is depicted in myriad forms that bring his devotees closer to him. He could be dancing, reclining on a rocking chair reading a book, he could be playing drums, maybe even clad in jeans with a glint of mischief in his eyes, etc. These various forms inspires artisans to bring out their love for him in many more humorous forms.

 

 

Why is it forbidden to look at the moon on the first night of the festival?

 

 

This is one of the stories worth mentioning about the moon and Ganesha. After gorging several modaks, Ganesha could barely walk with a full stomach. He picked up a snake on the way and tied it to his stomach as a belt. The moon had a hearty laugh at this sight which made the Lord furious. He cast a curse on the moon that anyone on Ganesh Chaturthi would look at the moon would be cursed. That is why it is forbidden to look at the moon on the first night of the festival. 

 

 
 

Interesting Legend of Lord Ganesha being immersed on the 11th day (Anant Chaturdashi).

 

 

 

The idol of the Lord gives a visible form to the devotees of his presence. When the statues are immersed in water, the form gives away to formlessness. The power of the Lord is felt and thus we say the “Omnipresent Lord”. To remind ourselves that he is changeless in this constantly changing universe, we carry out the immersion.  It is a strong belief amongst the devotees, that the Lord parts taking away all their misfortunes with him.