“Ganapathi Bappa Morya, Purchya Varshi Laukariya“, loud gleeful voices with great zeal and passion reminds us of our own beloved Lord Ganesha. Lord of wisdom, knowledge and prosperity is graciously worshipped by the keen devotees, who curiously wait for the fun filled festival of Ganesh Chaturthi. It is celebrated in the month of ‘Bhadra’ (mid-August to mid-September) for about 5 to 10 days ending with ‘Ananta Chaturdashi ’. ‘Gana’ refers to a collective form, thus like our body is composed of a collection of atoms and molecules so Lord of ‘Ganas’ is ‘Ganesha’. The favourite among the Hindu deities, he is widely worshipped and admired by all Hindus (Santana Dharma) and even around the globe.
Worshipping every deity involves our personal motives behind it so adoring Ganesha leads to the removal of obstacles as well as shower of success, prosperity, wealth, knowledge and domestic harmony. Celebrating this festival with unlimited zeal compels us to unravel the origin of this event. To promote national harmony and oneness among the citizens, Chatrapati Shivaji began the tradition of celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi, which was carried ahead by Bal Gangadhar Tilak during the 19th century. It was marked as a footprint on history when the entire country united against British Raj, irrespective of their caste, creed or class. Till date, this festival is heartily celebrated all around India especially in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
Why is placing Ganesha’s statue considered so auspicious?
If we observe any workplace or restaurant in India, an idol of Ganesha is generally evident, which highlights the faith of his devotees on Him. Lord Shiva himself blessed him to be worshipped at the beginning of any auspicious occasion or ‘puja’. Something is really special about our Ganesha as he is widely praised and worshipped, being a supernatural combination of an elephant and human. The idol of Ganesh is an inspiration in itself, as every part symbolises the secret to divine knowledge and spiritual importance.
- Elephant head is a symbol of royal walk, wisdom and effortlessness; he easily removes the hindrance from his path and walks ahead.
- Trunk is a sign of consciousness and it is also said that he broke his tusk to write the epic, Mahabharata; therefore he is referred as the God of Learning too.
- The four worthy hands represent enlightenment, removal of obstructions, spreading sweetness and bestowing grace upon his devotees respectively. They indicate the ‘Gyan shakti’ and ‘Karma shakti’.
Did you ever think why our mighty Ganesha chose the small troublesome pet as his vehicle?
Rat/Mouse portrays the avarice and greed which increases within us if not controlled, thus a vice person tries to control his uncontended desires by riding on his senses. Ganesha is omnipresent, omnipotent and formless energy, which is present in every being; it’s just a matter of realization and analysis.
Every toddler is acquainted with the beauty of moon but its sight is avoided on this day. Apart from the varying cultural myths of Satrajit’s ‘Syamantaka jewel’, the fact is that that Ganesh Chaturthi falls on the fourth day of the waxing moon period, when the Sun, Moon and Earth are in such angles that the moonlight is negatively charged and avoided to be exposed. So the next time when your Grand ma tells you to beware of the moon then kindly obey her orders.
Thus, this event is like the stress relieving permanent ayurvedic solution, which teach us about our mythology as well as aware us about the truth of life. Now it depends on us to take advantage of the opportunity or to just let it go.
Contributed By: Meenakshi Ahuja