Bhagwan Ganesh is immensely popular among Hindus as Vighnaharta (one who removes obstacles). Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated across Bharat on the Shukla Paksha Chaturthi day of Bhadrapad month. The Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations as we all know was made Sarvajanik by Bal Gangadhar Tilak. It was leveraged as a tool against the British to create national consciousness among the public at large.
Bhagwan Ganesh is considered the deity of 14 disciplines and 64 arts. As per Puranic beliefs, the birth anniversary of three different avatars of Bhagwan Ganesh is celebrated on three occasions in a year. First, is the Vaishakh Shukla Purnima celebrated as Pushtipati Vinayak Jayanti, Bhadrapad Shukla Chaturthi that is celebrated all over Bharat and Magh Shukla Chaturthi. Bhadrapad Shukla Chaturthi also known as Ganesh Chaturthi is said to be the most important of the three.
Bhagwan Ganesh is known as the one who emerged from the Pranava Om as per the Skanda Puran. Various Puranas give us different legends as to how Bhagwan Ganesh came into being. Hindu Dharma tells us about three basic methods of undertaking worship namely Vedic (based on the Vedas), Agamic (based on Agama shastras), and Tantric (using beej mantras and mudras). Agama shastras are followed in temples and temple rituals.
However, as far as Bhagwan Ganesh is concerned there are no rigid rituals to be followed. In other words, one needn’t recite any Vedic mantras, follow Agama rituals, or undertake Tantric rituals. Merely remembering Bhagwan will win the devotee His grace says Bhagwan Ved Vyas in the Mahabharat.
Ganesh is the first among the Hindu deities to be prayed to and every Hindu ritual begins with devotees offering their prayers to Him so that their work may be completed without any obstacles. Right from a novice up to a learned pandit pray to Bhagwan Ganesh before commencing their work for its successful completion.
Ganesh chaturthi katha
As per Hindu shastras, when Ganesh Bhagwan became the head of the Ganas (hence the name Ganapati) He was worshipped by Brahmadev. Chandradev is said to have mocked Sri Ganesh as he was returning after a heavy feast. Angered by this, Ganesh cursed Chandra who then undertook the Chaturthi pooja as advised by Brihaspati.
Chandradev performed the pooja of Sri Ganesh following the method stated by Brihaspati. The day when Chandradev performed the pooja Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Chaturthi came to be celebrated as Ganesh Chaturthi. Hence it is believed that seeing the moon on Shukla Paksha Chaturthi brings miseries and misfortunes in addition to making one a victim of false accusation and slander.
As per Bhagvat Puran, Bhagwan Sri Krishna became a victim of such slander as He had seen the moon on Shukla Paksha Chaturthi. The story goes that Yadava nobleman Satrajit had obtained a gemstone named syamantaka mani from Suryadev. It was a very valuable stone and said to possess magical powers. Hence, Bhagwan Sri Krishna wanted Satrajit to hand over the jewel to the Yadava chief but Satrajit refused to do so.
Satrajit’s brother who came to possess the jewel was killed by a lion which then made off with the jewel. Jambavan, the king of bears, took possession of the jewel from the lion. In the meanwhile, Bhagwan Sri Krishna was accused of stealing the syamantaka. To get rid of this slander, He set off to search for it and having reached Jambavan, He entered into fierce combat lasting for 28 days. Sri Krishna then returned to Dwarka with the jewel and returned it to Satrajit.
Bhagvat Puran goes on to say that Sri Krishna learned from Devarishi Narad seeing the Shukla Chaturthi moon had led to the former falling victim to false accusations. Sri Krishna then undertook the worship of Sri Vinayak as advised by Devarishi.
In Kaliyug, Bhagwan Ganesh and Maa Kali are said to grant immediate refuge to the devotees. Hence, the prayer Kalau Chandi Vinayaka is a popular prayer chanted in Kaliyug.
Hindupost wishes its readers a very happy Ganesh Chaturthi. May Bhagwan Ganesh bless all of us with happiness, health, wealth, and prosperity and rid the world of the Chinese virus!
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