Sri Ganesha Chaturthi Festival
Lord Sri Ganesha is the embodiment of the all-pervading universal energy.
Ganesha or Vighneshwara is the Lord of Obstacles of material and spiritual order and His dharma is to remove obstacles and to place obstacles in the path of those who need to be checked. He could be considered as the most endearing form of all Hindu deities and His birthday; Ganesha Chaturthi, which falls on the fourth day of the bright fortnight of Bhadrapada, is celebrated with great devotion and delight.
He flattens the trees and smites the demons; the whole world fears his powerful stroke.
It is believed that Lord Ganesha descends on the earth plane on this particular day to bless His devotees and hence this day is known as Ganesha Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chavithi. The significance of Ganesh Chathurthi lies in the way in which people attach themselves with all their devotion and faith to the care and pampering of the all-embracing Lord Ganesha.
On this day, people worship the Astavinayakas referred to the eight embodiments of Lord Ganesha that abolished the negative powers of the evil elements that existed in this world. The belief that adds the significance of Ganesh Chathurthi is that “Lord Ganesha always comes to abolish the negative forms in every period and every age”.
What Does Each Part of Ganesha Symbolize?
Lord Ganesha, who is famous for his wisdom, sense of humor holds a Pasha in one of His right hand to attract the minds of his devotees, to propel mankind forward on the eternal path and to remove obstacles from the way of his devotees, while the other hand bestows boons. One of the left hands that carry an Ankusha, symbolizes the demolishment of ignorance and a gentle execution to capture all the difficulties, while the hand that holds a lotus or a rosary, suggests that the quest for knowledge should not quench.
Lord Ganesha‘s head symbolizes the soul, which is the eventual and supreme reality of human existence. His body signifies Maya and His trunk represents “OM”. His ears can hear all our prayers and the snake that runs around his waist, represents energy in all forms. He uses a mouse (represents anger, pride, selfishness etc) to ride, which indicates us to have a control on all these evil passions. And finally the “laddoo” that he holds in his trunk, signifies that one must discover the sweetness of the soul.
There are a few legends attributed to the manifestation or birth of Lord Ganesha; however, the most accepted one is that He was formed by Goddess Parvati, from the material of Her own body. She then instructed Ganesha to guard, while she had her bath. It was during this time that Lord Shiva came there to meet His consort Parvati, however the steadfast Ganesha did not allow entry to Him. The enraged Shiva, sent His demigods or “Ganas” to conquer Ganesha, but they had to taste defeat. This made Lord Shiva to tackle with Ganesha directly and in the battle, Shiva severed the head of Ganesha. Goddess Parvati, who returned after Her bath, became extremely furious after witnessing Ganesha, without head.
Lord Shiva then ordered His “Ganas” to travel in the northward direction and to come with the head of anything that they happened to see first. It so happened, that they saw an elephant and its head was fitted to the body of Parvati’s manifested son.
Lord Shiva then also declared that Ganesha will be the leader of His followers and from this time forth, will be worshipped first in the beginning of all religious activities for successful outcomes.
A Special Sri Ganesha Chaturthi Nakshatra Homa will be performed at Amma's Penusila Ashram on Monday, September 9, 2013. Devotees are encouraged to take full advantage of sponsoring this homa to get abundant blessings of both Sri Ganesha and Amma Sri Karunamayi!
Sri Ganesha's powerful energy easily overcomes all obstacles caused by planetary difficulties. This special nakshatra homa is beneficial to overcome any defects caused by your nakshatra (birth star). Sri Ganesha's divine blessings will be showered upon you to protect you from any bad luck and remove all obstuctions from your path. Enjoy new hope, abundant energy and an inspired enthusiasm for life when you participate. Sponsors of this auspicious day will be blessed with the sacred recitation of mantras on the sponsors names before each sponsored ceremony. After completion of the ceremony, the holy prasadam will be mailed to each sponsor.
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Proceeds from sponsoring this event support Amma’s Charities - Free Hospital,
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