Date(s) - Sep 4 (Sunday)
10:00 am - 1:30 pm
We will celebrate Shri Ganesh Chaturthi. Worship of Lord Ganesha
10:30 am :– Shri Ganesh Puja Celebration
11:30 am :– Meditation
12:30 pm :– Lunch
Worship of Lord Ganesha
Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most popular of Hindu festivals. This is the birthday of Lord Ganesha or Vinayaka the remover of obstacles. It falls on the 4th day of the bright fortnight of Bhadrapada (August-September). Lord Ganesha is the elephant-headed God. He is worshipped first in any prayers and also first before any auspicious work is begun. He is the Lord of power and wisdom. He is the eldest son of Lord Shiva and the elder brother of Subramanya or Skanda or Kartikeya. He has as his vehicle a small mouse and is the presiding deity of the Muladhara Chakra. The significance of riding on a mouse is the complete conquest over egoism. The holding of the ankusha represents His ruler ship of the world.
The mythological basis of the celebration is found in the Puranas. Parvati, while taking a bath, wanted somebody to guard from outside. She got the idea of making an idol out of the dirt that came from her body. She placed the idol outside. The idol did not even let her husband enter. Lord Shiva became furious and instantly severed the head of the idol. Parvati finished her bath and came out. She explained to her husband the reason for placing the idol before the door. The idol was her creation and in fact the idol was their son (“manas putra”). Lord Shiva regretted for what he had done. His servant Gan was standing nearby and Lord Shiva ordered him to go and bring the head of the first living being he would meet. The servant saw an elephant, and he at once cut his head and took it to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva joined the elephant’s head to the body of Parvati’s son. “Gaj” means elephant and “anan” means head, so Parvati’s son became known as “Gajanan”. Lord Shiva made him the deity of his armies and thus his name became Ganesha.
Ganesha and his brother Lord Subramanya once had a dispute as to who was the elder of the two. The matter was referred to Lord Shiva for final decision. Shiva decided that whoever would make a tour of the whole world and come back first to the starting point had the right to be the elder. Subramanya flew off at once on his vehicle, the peacock, to make a circuit of the world. But the wise Ganesha went, in loving worshipfulness, around His divine parents and asked for the prize of His victory.
Lord Shiva said, “Beloved and wise Ganesha! But how can I give you the prize; you did not go around the world?”
Ganesha replied, “No, but I have gone around my parents. My parents represent the entire manifested universe!”
Thus the dispute was settled in favor of Lord Ganesha, who was thereafter acknowledged as the elder of the two brothers.
Mushikavaahana 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!”