This article is based on Shri. Ganesha, the Lord of all deities. In India, we are celebrating Ganesh festival in great extent.
Lords Of The Gods
Ganesh Chaturthi, the "Lord of the Gods", is worshiped with devotion and love in all Hindu homes from Kanyakumari to the Himalayas. Ganapati or Gajanan also known as Vinayak. Probably, Ganesha is the most popular of all Hindu deities. No sacred work can begin without his worship. Hence, it is called 'Adi Pujita'. This is also called as Vighneshwar or Vighnaraja, which means 'Lord of Obstacles'.
Ganpati does not belong to any one class or caste of Hindus. Over the centuries, Ganpati has grown as a part of Indian life and spiritual culture. Ganapati has attained the unique status of a national deity. Therefore, his worship is celebrated as a national celebration. In the earth of India, Ganpati deserves respect and special worship.
Ganapati is considered to be the deity of profound knowledge and comprehensive knowledge. So, He can take away the horror of the people. Ganapati is a god of unique power. So it can fill millions of people in the country with strength and power. He is definitely the protector of the country. Being a Vighneshwar, He can help remove obstacles to the country’s progress.
There is any metal idol for worshiping Ganesha. Such as gold, or silver, or copper or stone, wood or fresh wet mud, the sacred “prana” is performed by the installation mantra. Ganesha is worshiped with great devotion in all the houses in India. This pooja is performed with utmost devotion in almost every Hindu household.
Ganapati prefers red scent, red flowers and red clothes. The worship of Ganesha is so simple that He feels satisfied even if he is worshiped only with fresh green grass. His loving mother Gauri is worshiped on or before the day of the puja. If the idols of Ganesha are made of fresh shadu clay, they are immersed in sea or river or lake or well or some fresh water.
Remove Obstacles From The Devotee
Ganapati is the Manas son of Shiva and Parvati. The one who has two mothers is called 'Dwai-Matura'. Ganesha has two mothers, Gauri and Ganga. Skanda, or Shanmukh or Kumar is said to be his younger brother. As an elder brother, Ganapati gets the title of 'Jestha-Raja' and as a younger brother, Skanda is called 'Vatsa-Raja'.
However, the form of Ganesha is infinite. But this mystery has been successfully unraveled through historical and cultural explanations in the Puranas. In the Puranas we find explanations in many ways. The Dravidians have been worshiping various animals for a long time. When the Dravidians merged with the Aryan Dravidians, the elephant as the best animal remained the chief place of Ganapati. Ganapati has a human body with an elephant's head. One of the two proboscis of Ganapati is broken. He has four arms. Two of the four hands hold the Pasha (noose) and an ankusha (goad).
The other two are seen in 'Abhay' and 'Varada' mudras. Ganapati's stomach is generous proportion, and is adorned with snake-belts. The yajnopavit (sacred thread) is also of rope or serpent. We see him sitting in Padmasana (lotus posture). Ganapati is sometimes shown with his right leg bent and resting on the seat. He wears a crown without beautiful clothes. He has a proboscis. His special dish is modak. He has a rat which is Ganapati's vehicle. He has big ears like a winnowing basket.
Since he is Vighnesha or Vighneshwara, worshiping Ganapati's spirits removes obstacles in one's life. When he is pleased with worship, he gives success and prosperity to his devotees.
Various Forms Of Ganesha
There are many types of Ganapati symbols i.e. child Ganapati, young Ganapati images show him as a child and young. Heramba Ganapati has five faces, ten arms, three eyes on each face and a lion. Veera Vignesha shows martial spirit. Nritya Ganapati and Sangeeta Ganapati show their love for fine art. He is sculpted as a woman and is called 'Ganeshi'.
Ganapati is worshiped not only in images but also in 'Lingas' and 'Saligramas'. Vara-siddhi Vinayak is the aspect we worship in Ganesh Chaturthi festival. There are many temples and shrines dedicated to Lord Ganesha in India and in the world. Almost every Hindu household has an idol or at least a photo of Him.
All human devotees in the world worship him. It is said that the 'trinity' and other gods also worship him at the beginning of their important activities. One verse underlines this:
वागीशाडियाः सुमनसः सर्वार्थानामुपक्रमे।
यं नत्व कृष्णस्तुः तं नमामि गजाननम् ।।
Ganapati has many names like Vakratund, Ekdanta, Mayureshwara, Siddhivianayaka, Krishna Pingaksha, Gajavaksha, Lambodara, Vikam, Vighnarja, Vinayak, Ganapati.
Ganpati is loved by everyone from the highest to the lowest. He is Vidya-Ganapati for students, Natyacharya for dancers, Gyan Gandharva for musicians, excellent inspiration for poets, deity for Maladhar Chakra for Tantrics, Omkar Roop for aspirants for salvation, Parabrahm for yogis. He is especially fond of sculptors. Not one or two, but many Puranas have it as their theme.
Spiritual Empowerment Of Ganesha
Let us now try to analyze the origin and spiritual growth of Ganapati. The word Ganapati can be found in some Samhita parts of the Vedas. Mantras are recited in our house while worshiping Ganapati. These mantras have nothing to do with our present Ganapati. Their meaning attached to Ashwamedha is completely different. This has been clearly stated by commentators like Sayan, Mahidhara and others. No major Upanishads take his name or dedicate it to him.
In short, the name of Ganapati is not mentioned in the most important Samhita texts in the Vedas. Ganapati is a word, but it has nothing to do with our present Ganesha. Ganapati is not mentioned anywhere in the first epic Ramayana. Part of the Ganapati diameter is found at the southern beginning of the Mahabharata. Kalidasa often mentions Skanda, but Ganapati is nowhere to be found. When Ganapati was analyzed in the Vedic tradition, some mantras bearing his name were given to him.
Originally Vinayak is mentioned as Vighneshwar in the early texts. He removes obstacles to the good work of man. Worship of Ganesha will bring success and fame in human life. Next, he was given a prominent place in the temple of the gods. Ganapati grew in courage and over time, many mantras selected from various Samhitas were assigned to his worship. So he received divinity. An Upanishad was also written in his praise.
Ganapati's glory spread in all the world. Hindus associated with the Vedic tradition took him with them to the islands of Java, Borneo and Bali. In addition, it is revered in Turkey, Tibet, China and Japan. So far no deity in the world can compare with our glorious Ganapati. Gradually, He gained a prominent place among the gods.
He assumed the same status as Paramatma or Parabrahma. He is hailed as a symbol of yoga. All these are the glorious and unique successful powers of Ganesha. Millions of Hindus worship him with devotion. Glorify him in the Puranas. Three Upanishads were also composed in his honor. No deity has an equal place in the spiritual history of the world.
Our country today is in some crisis because of foreign or neighborly problems. Therefore, the progress of the country has been hampered. We pray to Ganapati to remove all obstacles and lead us to peace and prosperity and also let the Corona epidemic be eradicated from the world forever.
Lord Ganesha Idol
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