Happy Ganesha Chaturthi
Hey guys, how are you all ? I hope everything is fine and why not ? It is Ganesha Chaturthi today. The Boss’ Birthday is here. Lord Ganesha is the Lord of arts and sciences and the deva of wisdom. He is honoured at the start of rituals and ceremonies as he’s considered the God of beginnings. He’s widely and dearly referred to as Ganapati or Vinayaka.
Here are the today’s timings for Ganesha Chaturthi :
How Ganesha was born ?
There are two stories behind this :
#1: Goddess Parvati created him
It is said that Goddess Parvati created him from the dirt of her body while bathing and set him to guard the house and when Lord Shiva came back, Ganesha didn’t allow him inside as he didn’t know Shiva and then a furious Shiva severed Ganesha’s head. Parvati was enraged and Shiva promised Ganesha will live again. The devas who went in search of a head facing north of a dead person could manage only the head of an elephant. Shiva fixed the elephant’s head on the child and brought him back to life.
#2: Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati created him
The other story says that all the gods requested Lord Shiva and Parvati to create someone who could be vighnakartaa (obstacle-creator) in the path of rakshasas (demonic beings), and a vighnahartaa (obstacle-averter) to help the Devas.
What Ganesha loves to eat ?
There are quite a few things Lord Ganesha loves which you can devote to his idol in order to impress him but here are the five of his most favourite food items :
There’s a reason why Ganesha is called ‘modapriya‘ or the lover of modaks. The dumplings stuffed with sweet coconut and jaggery are quite the delicacy. So when a visitor at Kailash mountain gifted a modak to Parvati, she asked her sons to divide it among themselves. Neither Ganesha nor Kartik wanted to do that, so Parvati set them a test–whoever circles the world thrice the fastest can claim the delicious sweet dish.Kartik set off to circle the world, but Ganesha just circled his parents thrice, proving that they meant the world to him. Impressed by his gesture, Parvati gave him the modak, and the dessert has been associated with Ganesha ever since. Even today, a variety of modaks–steamed, fried, chocolatey–are offered up to Ganesha’s idols on Ganesh Chaturthi.
Clearly, Ganesha loves all things sweet, and his ample belly is proof of that. You wouldn’t find a single idol or painting of his without a laddoo on one of his four hands. Yes, he clearly loves motichoor laddoos–the Indian sweet made with saffron-infused and aromatic, tiny boondi.Of course Ganesha also loves other sorts of laddoos and pedhas, but the vibrant colour and taste of motichoor laddoos makes them stand out as his favourites. No wonder a bhog for Ganesha always includes motichoor laddoos.
Ganesha is as benevolent and loving towards the poor as he is to the rich. Puffed rice, which is cheaply available, and is quite delicious, is turned into laddoos with jaggery and served to Ganesha.A story in Shiva Purana describes how Ganesha, when invited by the super-rich Kubera, ate up a whole feast and yet wasn’t satiated. Shiva then recommended that Kubera serve Ganesha some puffed rice with utter devotion and goodwill. When Kubera follows this advice, Ganesha’s appetite is finally satiated, also proving that this elephant-headed god likes to snack after meals just as much as the rest of us do.
Although all seasonal fruits are said to be favoured by Ganesha, the banana rules over them all. The reason? Mythologically, Ganesha is said to have two wives–Riddhi (prosperity) and Siddhi (spiritual power).But in Bengal, especially during the Durga Puja, Ganesha’s wife is always depicted as Kala bou, or Banana lady. A banana tree draped in a saree is always represented beside Ganesha. No wonder the fruit of the tree is favoured by this god! Plus, it’s delicous and nutritious, so any hunger pangs this foodie-god may have are always satiated by bananas.
Not a part of our regular diets, and yet durva grass holds a special meaning when associated with Ganesha. Myths describe how Ganesha defeated a demon called Analsura by swallowing him whole, but the demon raged within his tummy, leading to indigestion. None of the cures suggested by Shiva, Vishnu or Indra could get rid of the elephant-god’s angst.That’s when some sages offered him 21 blades of durva grass. Ganesha consumed them, and felt instant relief. A god who loves to eat would always be in need of such a cure, and so Ganesha always preferred the durva grass over any other cure for indigestion. Since then, 21 blades of durva grass are offered up to the god’s deity.
What should we learn from Lord Ganesha ?
There are so many lessons that we should take from Lord Ganesha. But let me list the most important ones :
#1: Your duty should be above everything else
When he was assigned duty by Goddess Parvati to guard the house he just guarded it until his death and didn’t care about Lord Shiva and whatever.
#2: Your parents are the most important person
When he was asked to encircle the world he showed the value of parents by encircling them, showing that they meant the world to him.
#3: You must have a forgiving nature
When he went for a dinner to Kuber’s house, his hunger was not satisfied and seeing this the moon giggled from the sky due to which Ganesha got angry and cursed the moon. But he forgave the moon as soon as it apologized.
#4: You should finish every task you take up
When Lord Ganesha went to write Mahabharata with Vyasa, his writing feather was broken while writing the epic. But, since he didn’t want the work to be stopped he broke off his ow tusk and started writing with it.
#5: You must secure your Self Respect
Legend has it that once, all the gods and goddesses left Lord Ganesha in-charge of the Swargalok, as they left with Lord Vishnu’s marriage procession headed towards Goddess Laxmi’s abode. Lord Ganesha was tricked into taking care of Swargalok, because the other deities were embarrassed of his physical appearance and massive diet. On getting to know the truth, Lord Ganesha wanted to avenge himself, and devised a clever plan that would make them realise his importance. Ganesha sent his rat-vehicle, Gajasur, to dig up the roads that led to Goddess Laxmi’s abode, and he obeyed. As expected, the deities couldn’t proceed further, and called for help. A farmer who was crossing by the road decided to help the deities, and pulled out the carriage stuck in the road in the first attempt after chanting Lord Ganesha’s name. He explained how only Lord Ganesha’s name could have induced the strength in him to lift the carriage, since he is the Remover of Obstacles. This made the deities realise that there’s more to a being than his physical appearance, and they returned to offer their apologies to Lord Ganesha.
In the end, all I want to say that let’s try to inculcate even one of the things about Lord Ganesha and I’m sure we’ll succeed much easily. Once again Happy Ganesh Chaturthi.
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