Recital / Slokam / Hymn For Lord Ganesha
Vakra-Tunndda Maha-Kaaya Suurya-Kotti Samaprabha |
Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryessu Sarvadaa |
Above is the holy hymn about Lord Ganesh which means – “O Lord Ganesha, of curved Trunk, having a large body and with the brightness of a millions of suns please make all my works free from obstacles, always”
History of Lord Ganesha
One day Goddess Parvathi preparing for her bathe. As she did not want to be disturbed during her bathe she wanted that her house to be guarded by somebody outside. So she took a small portion of turmeric paste which she prepared for her bathe and gave life to that paste.
It became a little boy and she declared he is his son and named him as Ganesha. She instructed Ganesha to guard the house entrance and directed him not to allow anybody inside the house. After sometime Lord Shiva came to house and was entering the house. But this boy did not allow Shiva to go inside. Outraged Shiva called his bhutaganas and asked them to remove the boy from that place. The boy fought ferociously with the bhuthaganas.
Enraged Shiva cut off the boy’s head. Goddess Parvathi on returning from her bath saw her son lying dead and was filled with sorrow. Seeing this Lord Shiva sent his soldiers to fetch the head of the first living thing they saw. The soldiers went in search and they first saw an elephant and they speared the elephant’s head and brought.
Lord Shiva attached it onto the body of the slain body and gave him life. Further Lord Shiva promised Goddess Parvathi that Lord Ganesha would be worshiped for before all other Gods.
Other Names of Lord Ganesha
Lord Ganesha is also known as Gajanana, Ganapathi, Vinayaka, Vigneshwara, Lambodara, Ekadhantha, Balachandra, Pillaiyar etc. Lord Ganesha has four arms with having axe in one hand and a lotus flower in another hand. In the remaining two hands he holds modak in one and bless devotees with another hand. The Vahana of Lord Ganesha is mouse.
Lord Ganesha in Hinduism
All Hindu Temple have the Idol of Ganesha in the entrance as He has been blessed to be worshiped first amongst all Deities.
Lord Ganesha is the most popular deity in India who is worshiped by almost all castes in all parts of India. He is the first and foremost God who is worshiped in the beginning of all auspicious, religious ceremonies and important undertakings. Even during music and dance concerts the performance will be started with the prayer on Lord Ganesha. Blessings of Lord Ganesha are said to be the most powerful. There are lot of mantras and stotras on Ganesha to please Him and worship.
Festivals for Lord Ganesha
Ganesh Chaturthi and Sankatahara Chaturthi are the most important holy days for Lord Ganesha.
Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most important Hindu festivals celebrated throughout India with great devotion. This day is celebrated as the Birthday of Lord Ganesha. Ganesh Chaturthi normally falls in the month of August or September. People bring idols made of fresh clay to their homes and worship.
The festival is celebrated for ten days in North India, especially in Maharashtra State. In public places huge idols of different types of Ganesha is consecrated in pandals or mantaps by local groups and associations. During that period cultural activities like music concerts, dance etc are arranged. On the Last day of festival the idol of Ganesha will be taken in procession and will be immersed in sea.
Sankatahara Chaturthi is one of the most important Vrathas performed to get the immense blessings of Lord Ganesha by the people of India. It is observed every month in the evening of the fourth day (Chathurthi) after Pournami (full Moon day). On this day the devotees observe strict fasting from the morning. They break the fast in the night after performing Abhishekam and Aradhanai to Lord Ganesha and on the sight of moon. Observing Sankatahara Charuthi is believed to help in removing all difficulties and obstacles.
Lord Ganesha Pictures
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