Ganesh Utsav,Ganesh Chaturthi Photo:Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Utsav, Photo The earliest mention of Ganapati, now considere equivalent to Ganesha or Vinayaka, is found in the Rigveda (about 13th century BCE). It appears twice in the Rigveda, once in hymn 2.23.1, as well as in hymn 10.112.9. Both of these hymns imply a role of Ganapati as “the seer among the seers, abounding beyond measure in food presiding among the elders and being the lord of invocation”, while the hymn in mandala 10 states that without Ganapati “nothing nearby or afar is perform without thee”, according to Michael. However, it is uncertain that the Vedic term Ganapati(Photo) which literally means “guardian of the multitudes”, referred specifically to later era Ganesha, nor do the Vedic texts mention Ganesh Utsav.

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Ganapati appears in post-Vedic texts such as the Grhya Sutras and thereafter ancient Sanskrit texts such as the Vajasaneyi Samhita, the Yajnavalkya Smriti and the Mahabharata mention Ganapati as Ganesvaras and Vinayakas Photo. However, all of these mention not a singular idea of a Ganapati as is find in the Vedic texts, but the concept in the plural. Further, the plural form of the concept has the context of a “trouble maker”. The Buddhists texts and iconography of the 1st millennium CE show Buddhist deities trampling this “trouble maker”. Some scholars state that this “trouble maker” may have referred to different Ganapatis than Ganesha Photo.

Ganesha

Ganesh Utsav appears in the medieval Puranas, but not as “trouble maker”, but in the form of “god of success, obstacle remover”. The Skanda PuranaNarada Purana and the Brahma Vaivarta Purana, in particular, profusely praise him. Beyond textual interpretations, archeological and epigraphical evidence suggest Ganesha had become popular, was revered before the 8th century CE and numerous images of him are traceable to 7th century or earlier. For example, carvings at Hindu, Buddhist and Jain temples such as at the Ellora Caves, dated between the 5th and 8th century show Ganesha reverentially seated with major Hindu goddesses (Shakti).

His worship and festivities were likely in vogue by the 10th century, as is evidence by the texts of theGanesh Utsav tradition of Hinduism, who place him as equivalent to the metaphysical concept of Brahman, and the god of “blessings, protection, wisdom and divine illumination”

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Celebrations

Public Preparations for the festival begins months ahead. They are usually funded by local residents, businesses and community organizations.The idol making in Maharashtra usually begins with “Padya pooja” or worshipping the feet of Lord Ganesh Photo. The idols are brought to “pandals” or temporary structures usually 15–20 days before. The pandals have elaborate decoration and lighting.

At home the festival begins with the purchase and then the ceremonial installation of a clay murti (idol). Families decorate a small, clean corner with flowers and other colourful items before installing the idol. When the idol is installed, it and its shrine are decorated with flowers and other materials.

The date for the festival is usually decide by the presence of Chaturthi Thithi. The festival is held during “Bhadrapada Madyahanaa Purvabaddha”. If the chaturthi thiti begins at night on previous day and gets over by morning on next day then the next day is observe as vinayaka chaturthi. In the consecration ceremony, a priest performs a Prana Pratishtha to invite Ganesha like a guest. This is followed by the 16-step Shodashopachara ritual,(Sanskrit: Shodash, 16; Upachara, process) during which coconut, jaggery, modaksdurva grass and red hibiscus flowers are offer to the idol. Depending on the region of India,during the ceremony, hymns from the Rigveda, the Ganapati Atharvashirsa, the Upanishads, and the Ganesha stotra (prayer) from the Narada Purana are chanted.In Maharashtra, Aartis are performed with friends and family, typically in the morning and evening.

Ganesh Utsav,Photo:Ganesh Chaturthi In India

At home

At homes in Maharashtra, families install small clay statues for worship during the festival. The idol is worship in the morning and evening with offerings of flowers, durva(strands of young grass), karanji and modaks (jaggery and coconut flakes wrap in rice flour dumplings). The worship ends with the singing of an aarti in honour of Ganesha, other gods and saints. In Maharashtra the Marathi aarti “Sukhakarta Dukhaharta”, composed by the 17th century saint, Samarth Ramdasis sung. Family traditions differ about when to end the celebration. Domestic celebrations end after 1 12, 3, 5, 7 or 11 days.

At that time the idol is ceremoniously brought to a body of water (such as a lake, river or the sea) for immersion. In Maharashtra, Ganesh Utsav also incorporates other festivals, namely Hartalika and the Gauri festival, the former is observe with a fast by women on the day before Ganesh Utsav whilst the latter by the installation of idols of Gauris.

The harvest festival, Navyachi Pancham, is celebrated the next day; freshly-harvested paddy is brought home from the fields (or temples) and a puja is conducted. Communities who ordinarily eat seafood refrain from doing so during the festival.

2017 Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Utsav is celebrated as birth anniversary of Lord Ganesh. On Ganesh Utsav,, Lord Ganesh is worship as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. It is believe that Lord Ganesh was born during Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapada month. Currently Ganesh Utsav day falls in month of August or September in English calendar.

The Ganeshotsav, the festivity of Ganesh Chaturthi, ends after 10 days on Anant Chaturdashi which is also known as Ganesh Visarjan day. On Anant Chaturdashi, devotees immerse idol of Lord Ganesh in water body after a gala street procession.

Ganapati Sthapana and Ganapati Puja Muhurat

Ganesh Puja is prefer during Madhyahna as it is believe that Lord Ganesh was born during Madhyahna Kala. Madhyahna Kala is equivalent to midday according to Hindu division of the day.

As per Hindu time-keeping, the time duration between sunrise to sunset is divide into five equal parts. These five parts of other name as Pratahkala, Sangava, Madhyahna, Aparahna and Sayankal. Ganapati Sthapana and Ganapati Puja on Ganesh Utsav are done during Madhyahna part of the day and as per Vedic astrology it is consider the most appropriate time for Ganesha Puja.

During midday, Ganesha devotees perform detail ritualistic Ganesha Puja.

A Birthday Celebration for Lord Ganesha in New York

This isn’t Kashi or Prayag but thousands of devotees clog the streets, dancing and chanting as Ganesha’s Ratha Yatratakes place – in Queens, New York. Yes, this pilgrimage spot happens to be in Flushing, Queens, and Hindu-Americans came to celebrate Ganesha Chaturthi from as far as California, Florida, Texas, Atlanta – and even India!

Ganesh Utsav is the 9 day Hindu festival celebrating the birth of this joyful deity and is one of the most colorful national festivals of India. In India, after rituals, chanting and prayers, thousands of clay images of Ganesha are taken out in joyous processions in the streets before being immerse in the ocean in a rite call Visarjna. The festival is especially big in Maharashtra, but is now being celebrate in many parts of the Indian Diaspora. Sri Ganesh Utsav Nava Dina Mahotsavam is from September 2 (Friday) thru September 11, 2016 (Sunday)

Appropriately, the very first Hindu temple to be built in America was the one dedicate to Ganesha, who is after all, the Lord of New Beginnings. The Sri Maha Vallabha Ganapati Devasthanam, also known as the Hindu Temple Society of North America, in Flushing, New York is a magnificent temple in the South Indian tradition. It is here that Ganesh Chaturthi was first celebrate in America in 1977 and has been a major annual event ever since. Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinaya Chaturthi, is celebrate on the chaturthi or fourth day after the new moon in the Tamil month of Avani (August – September.)

Ganapati Vivaha (Marriage)

When Shiva and Parvati decide to have their sons, Kartikeya and Ganesh married, they stipulate that he who circulatory the earth first would be consider the best deity and would be married first. Kartikeya flew off on his vehicle – a peacock. Poor Ganapati’s vehicle was a mouse which was no match for a peacock. Being the choicest devotee of God, Parvatiji consoling him showed Ganeshji(Photo) a simpler and quicker way.

She advised him to cicumambulate the cow since she also symbolically represents another earth and he had reap the same benefit as going round the earth. Another reference cites him circumambulating his parents.

Consoling him, Parvati showed a short cut. She divulge that it was ordain in the scriptures that he who offer pujan to his parents and then circumnavigate them receive the same merit as he who went around the earth. Ganapati hence married first showing that one who obeys the wish of the choicest devotee of God(Photo) or his parents attains his desired wishes. Hence Ganeshji(Photo) is invoke first in all auspicious events, rites and rituals such as marriage, opening ceremonies, ground-breaking ceremonies, yagnas and so on.

The Shiva Puran cites another story. Prajapati had two daughters, Siddhi (wealth) and Buddhi (intellect). He approached Parvati and Shivaji for the girls’ marriage to Kartikeya and Ganeshji. However both girls wished to marry only the latter. Thus they married him. Siddhi gave birth to a son named ‘Shubh’ (auspiciousness) and Buddhi to ‘Labh’ (merit).

Therefore when businessmen and merchants offer pujan to Ganeshji and Lakshmiji they write ‘Shubh’ and ‘Labh’ inside their account ledgers to invoke the two deities.

Mithya Dosha Prevention Mantra

Depending on start and end time of Chaturthi Tithi, sighting of moon might be prohibit for two consecutive days. According to Dooiit.com rules, Moon should not be sight while Chaturthi Tithi is prevailing. Further, Moon risen during Chaturthi(Photo) should not be sight even if Chaturthi Tithi gets over before moonset.

If anyone has mistakenly sighted moon on Ganesha Chaturthi then he should chant following Mantra to get rid of the curse –

सिंहः प्रसेनमवधीत्सिंहो जाम्बवता हतः।
सुकुमारक मारोदीस्तव ह्येष स्यमन्तकः॥

A Farewell to Ganesha

In the evening as the sun sets in Hindu communities around the world, thousands of clay images of Ganesha are taken in procession with chanting, music and dancing to be immerse in the ocean in countries across the diaspora. Says Dr. Uma Mysorekar, president of the Hindu Temple Society of North America, “When the clay dissolves in the water, the energy of Ganesha(Photo) is spread all over, floating across the oceans to bless the entire universe.”

Here, due to environmental concerns, the temple’s clay Ganesha(Photo) cannot be submerge in a river but is immerse in a plastic swimming pool in the temple’s backyard, as devotees circle around, chant and dance. Once the clay melts into the water over a period of several days, this holy water is sprinkle on the lawn.

Farewell

“The most important thing is that by being spiritual, by being a devotee, by being a part of this festival it’s also brought the community together,” says Mysorekar. “The number of people who come for the procession is just mind boggling.  They come from far, they come from near, regardless of the weather. They love to be a part of the festivities. It only shows the Lord has the supreme power to bring people together.”

She adds, “A temple in this country is not just for worship but it’s also for bringing the community together. In India it’s easy because there are so many places they can go and therefore the temple is mainly for prayers. Here we have got to look at it in a different fashion.”

Indeed, to the jubilant young people dancing in the streets, many barefoot, it’s a chance to express their joy, to be part of something bigger than themselves, absorbing Ganesha’s energy by osmosis. By partaking in the festivities, they celebrate their faith and their community, far from the homeland.

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Happy Ganpati Wishes in Marathi fonts

तुझ्या आयुश्चय्तला आनंद तय गंरायाच्या काना इतका विशाल असावा
अडचणी उन्दरा इतक्या लहान असाव्या
आयुष्य त्याचा सोन्देइत्के लामब असावे आणि
आयुस्च्यातील क्षण मोदकसारखे गोड असावे
गणपति बाप्पा मोरिया !

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi Shayari in Marathi

तुझ्या आयुश्चय्तला आनंद तय गंरायाच्या काना इतका विशाल असावा
अडचणी उन्दरा इतक्या लहान असाव्या
आयुष्य त्याचा सोन्देइत्के लामब असावे आणि
आयुस्च्यातील क्षण मोदकसारखे गोड असावे
गणपति बाप्पा मोरिया !

सुखा करता जय मोरया, दुख हरता जय मोरया;
कृपा सिन्धु जय मोरया, बूढ़ी विधाता मोरया;
गणपति बप्पा मोरया, मंगल मूर्ती मोरया!
गणेश चतुर्थी की शुभ कामनाएं!

सिद्धिविनायक मजपुढे मी पाहिला
गौरीनंदन मजसमोर मी देखिला
तव कर स्पर्श्प्रसाद लाभों मजला
यास्तव सर्वस्व रे अर्पिता मी तुजला
दिशाहीन भरकटलेल्या सकलाना
संमार्गावारी चालवी तूच गजानना
तव दिव्व्य शुन्दप्रहरे श्रीगाज्वंदाना
क्षणात दूर करी अवधी विगने नाना

सब शुभ कारज में पहले पूजा तेरी,
तुम बिना काम ना सरे, अरज सुन मेरी
रिध सिध को लेकर करो भवन में फेरी
करो ऐसी कृपा नित करूँ मैं पूजा तेरी,

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi SMS Messages in Hindi

दिल से जो भी मांगोगे मिलेगा
ये गणेश जी का दरबार है,
देवों के देव वक्रतुंडा महाकाया को
अपने हर भक्त से प्यार है..!!गणेश चतुर्थी की शुभ कामनाएं

भगवान श्री गणेश की कृपा,
बनी रहे आप हर दम
हर कार्य में सफलता मिले,
जीवन में न आये कोई गम

सब शुभ कारज में पहले पूजा तेरी,
तुम बिना काम ना सरे, अरज सुन मेरी
रिध सिध को लेकर करो भवन में फेरी
करो ऐसी कृपा नित करूँ मैं पूजा तेरी,गणेश चतुर्थी की शुभ कामनाएं!

सुखा करता जय मोरया,
दुख हरता जय मोरया;
कृपा सिन्धु जय मोरया,
बुद्धि विधाता मोरया;
गणपति बप्पा मोरया,
मंगल मूर्ती मोरया!गणेश चतुर्थी की शुभ कामनाएं!

Ganesh Utsav,Photo:Ganesh Chaturthi In India