मोरया मोरया, आम्ही बालकाने |
तुझीच सेवा करू काय जाणे ||
अन्याय माझे कोट्यानुकोटी |
मोरेश्र्वरा! बा तू घाल पोटी ||
The time is finally here to celebrate the birth of everybody’s favorite Lord..none other than.. ‘Lord Ganesha’!! This is a festival of music, lights and delicious food. It is one of the most important festivals of our country for it unites people of all caste and creed and the celebration goes on in full swing.
According to the Hindu calendar, this year the month of Bhadrapada starts in the month of August and we cannot wait to get all festive and seek, his holiness! This year this festivity falls on the 25th August 2017 (Friday). So yeah, seek blessings and welcome a long weekend full of sweets and divinity too!
Mythological Story Of Ganesha
Legend has it, there are namely two versions of the story of the creation of Lord Ganesha. Both are equally interesting and have relevance as they were written in The Hindu Holy Books.
So the first story says that Goddess Parvati created Ganesha out of her own skin while she was bathing. She created him from the dirt that was being washed off her body.She had sent him to guard the door as she was bathing.
She had instructed him to not let anybody enter the premises as she was bathing. When Lord Shiva returned home, he found Ganpati guarding the door and when he tried entering the area, Lord Ganesh stopped him and barred him from entering. Lord SHiva was offended and enraged by the audacity of Lord Ganesha.
In a fit of rage, he chopped off Lord Ganesha’s head. When Parvati saw this, she was furious with this act of Lord Shiva. So, Lord Shiva promised her that her son will ‘live again’ and he headed out in search of a head of a dead human, facing the north direction. They could only find an elephant’s head!
As Lord Shiva promised, he did bring him to life. The only difference was that the figure had the head of an elephant.
The other version told a tale in which Ganesha was the creation of Lord Shiva and Parvati. The Devtas up in the heaven had requested them to save them from the ‘Asura and the Rakshas’. Lord Shiva and Parvati blessed them by creating ‘Vighnakartaa’ (obstacle creator) and he stood in the paths of the nasty Asuras and the Rakshasas. That was how he was named- ‘Vighnahartaa’ (Obstacle averter) as he had helped the Devtas to ward -off the evil lurking around.
The Muhurat This Year
This year the right time to bring the idol home is during the time of ‘Shubh, Labh’. If you plan to bring the idol a day prior to the festival the best time is between ‘6:25 am to 7:59 am’ and the ‘Labh’ time is between ‘12:41pm to 2:14 pm’.
In case you’ve missed out these, you can still bring him home at the ‘Amrit’ time which is ‘2:14pm to 3:48 pm’. The evening is also a great time to bring the idol home and the best time would be between ‘6:56pm to 8:22 pm’. The schedule is as per the ‘Panchang’ of Bombay.
On the 25th August (Ganesh Chaturthi), you can place the idol in the preferred direction between ‘7:59 am to 9:33 am’ which is the Labh time and the Amrit time is between ‘ 9:33 am to 11:07 am’. It is believed that the hour of ‘Madhyanha’ is extremely auspicious as Lord Ganesha was believed to be born at that hour. So, between ‘12:40 pm and 2:14’ you should be performing the Ganpati Pooja at your home.
Where is Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrated?
This festival is celebrated all over the country with great pomp and show. There are idols ranging from palm sized ones to humongous ones that need to be lifted by cranes in order to place them in their venues. This festival is widely celebrated in Maharashtra.
They sing and perform special kind of dances with dhols and lejhim beats (a popular Maharashtrian dance form). It is usually a 10-day festival but people have variants according to their convenience. Some keep the idol at home for a day and a half, some for 3 days, 5 days, 7 days and 11 days depending on their traditions and commitment towards his culture.
It is said that he is the protector of mankind and the savior of all people. He is the one who will relieve you from your distress and keep you safe and sound wherever you go.
The Important Rituals
This is the authentic dish from Maharashtra. This sweet is called ‘Modak‘ and it is made up sweet coconut filling inside and crunchy maida covering outside.
1. Pranapratishhtha: The process of making the deity into an idol or a murti.
2.Shhodashiparcha: the 16 unique ways of paying your tributes to Lord Ganesha
3. Uttar Puja: This is the pooja that has to be done after which the idol can be shifted.after the infusion.
4. Ganpati Visarjan: The process of the immersion of the idol.
This is the process of ‘Visarjan’.
He is the Lord of wisdom, so this year you can pray for all the auspiciousness and happiness in the world for you and your family!
Wish you a fruitful festival and GANPATI BAPPA MORIYA!!