Ganesh Chaturthi | Ganesha
Chaturthi | Ganesha Pooja
5th September 2016
Ganesh chaturthi is one of the grandest and
most elaborate festivals that Indians celebrate. Especially in the state
Why is Ganesh Chaturthi celebrated ?
Ganesh Chaturthi is the Birthday of Lord Ganesha.
Lord Ganesha is said to have taken birth in the star constellation of Hastha which falls in the zodiac sign Virgo (Kanya Raasi).
Ganesh chaturthi is celebrated for 10 days. It begins on the fourth day of
shukla chaturthi and ends on the day of ananta chaturdashi.
The power of Lord Ganesha is invoked on the first
day; worshipped elaborately in decorated pandals for 9 days; and on the tenth
day he is bid farewell by immersing in water bodies.
Significance of Lord Ganesha :
Lord Ganesha is the son of Lord
Shiva, who is empowered to remove obstacles in the path of success. He is one of
the five prime Hindu deities. He is worshipped at the beginning of every major
venture. He is glorified in following vedic mantra:
Mushakavaahana modaka hastha, Chaamara karna vilambitha sutra,
Vaamana rupa maheshwara putra,Vighna vinaayaka paada namasthe
“O Lord Vinayaka! the remover of all obstacles, the son of Lord Shiva, with a
form which is very short, with mouse as Thy vehicle, with sweet pudding in hand,
with wide ears and long hanging trunk, I prostrate at Thy lotus-like Feet!”
Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations
festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated the states of Maharashtra,
Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and many other parts of India.
Started by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaja, the great Maratha ruler, to
promote culture and nationalism, the festival was revived by Lokmanya Bal
Gangadhar Tilak to spread the message of freedom struggle and to defy the
British who had banned public assemblies. The festival gave the Indians a
feeling of unity and revived their patriotic spirit and faith. This public
festival formed the background for political leaders who delivered
speeches to inspire people against the Western rule. The festival is so
popular that the preparations begin months in advance.
statues installed in street corners and in homes, and elaborate
arrangements are made for lighting, decoration, mirrors and the most
common of flowers. Pooja (prayer services) are performed daily. The
artists who make the idols of Ganesh compete with each other to make
bigger and more magnificent and elegant idols. The relevantly larger ones
are anything from 10 meters to 30 meters in height. These statues are then
carried on decorated floats to be immersed in the sea after one, three,
five, seven and ten days.
is forbidden to look at the moon on that day as the moon had laughed at
Ganesha when he fell from his vehicle, the rat. With the immersion of the
idol amidst the chanting of "Ganesh Maharaj Ki Jai!" (Hail Lord Ganesh).
The festival ends with pleas to Ganesha to return the next year with
chants of "Ganpati bappa moreya, pudcha varshi laukar ya" (Hail Lord
Ganesh, return again soon next year).
for enhancing Concentration
(on Rare Bhojpatra)
Significance of Lord Ganesha in Vedic Astrology
Lord Ganesha is not only considered the pratham pujya deity in Hinduism but has significance all over.
Worship of Lord Ganesha has attained lot of significance as a remedy for various astrological problems.
Lord Ganrsha id believed to have taken birth in Hasta Nakshatra. Moon is the lord of Hastha star, and Moon signifies the mind. Virgo
sign's lord is Mercury (Budha) who is Buddhi Karaka. Thus Lord Ganesha becomes the overseeing Lord for Mind as well as Intelligence.
Mercury is also identified with Green colour. We find Lord Ganesha being worshipped with Garike (green grass) which he is believed to be
Virgo sign is the natural sixth house in the zodiac starting from Aries. Sixth house signifies Roga (ill health), Rina (debts), and Shatru
(enemies) bhava in a natal chart. It also signifies Arishadvargas
(Negative passions); the six enemies of mankind viz. Kaama (lust), Krodha (anger, hatred), Lobha (greed, miserliness),Moha (delusory
emotional attachment), Mada or Ahankaara (pride), Maatsarya (envy,
They are internal enemies of mankind which are responsible for all types of difficult experiences in our lives. These negative characters; prevent mankind from realizing the ultimate reality. Sixth house is also the house of fortune (9th house) to the Karma Sthana (10th house) from where one draws his luck in his deeds.
Lord Ganesha is also referred to as Dhoomravarna and is said to be the overseeing lord of planet Kethu who is the star lord for Aswini, Makha and Moola stars. In astrological parlance; Kethu is referred to as Moksha Kaaraka and 12th house in the Zodiac signifies this aspect. Pisces (Meena Raasi) is the natural 12th house in the zodiac. From Virgo sign 7th aspect will be on 12th house.
Lord Ganesha will play a major role in influencing a person in the path of self realization and ultimate reality. Lord Ganesha is the remover of all
obstacles. Being the Lord of all Ganas, He becomes the patron and Lord of all Navagrahas (Planets). He is called as Graha Pati.
His worship; prayer helps an individual to get good education, knowledge, intelligence (discriminative) and wisdom. One can definitely improve his
physical as well as spiritual health by worshipping Lord Ganesha. As a remover of obstacles and aberrations; Lord Ganesha can help an
individual to get discharged from debts both financial as well as spiritual (Rinas). As Lord of wisdom and knowledge (discriminative); Ganesha
helps in overcoming the negative passions (Arishadvargas) and in fighting with internal as well as external enemies of mankind.
We all perform Ganapati Homam while laying foundation for house construction and also during house warming ceremony. Ganapati Homam
is an effective remedy for many aberrations and obstacles, be it health, marriage, progeny, education or business/career related. Apart from
Ganapati Homa; we also find people observing Sankasta Chaturthi Vratham propitiating Lord Ganesha as a remedy for various problems.
Thus, Lord Ganesha becomes an effective remedy and a solution for astrological problems in general and related to Moon, Mercury, Mars and Kethu in particular. Worshipping Swetark Moola Ganesha, Annakoot Ganesha, Tambool Ganesha, Haridra Ganesha are believed to bring miraculous results.
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