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Updated: Aug 17, 2023

The Birth

The intriguing tale of Lord Ganesha’s birth revolves around his mother, Goddess Parvati. According to Hindu mythology, she molded him from clay and brought him to life. This charming anecdote symbolizes the divine creation of wisdom, knowledge, and auspiciousness that Ganesha embodies.

Who is Ganesha?

Lord Ganesha, often referred to as “Vinayaka” or “Vighnaharta,” is revered as the remover of obstacles and the bestower of wisdom. His distinctive elephant head signifies his unparalleled intellect, and his benevolent nature endears him to people of all ages. Ganesha is believed to be the embodiment of unity, prosperity, and divine protection.

Blessings of Ganesha

Devotees turn to Lord Ganesha seeking his blessings for success, prosperity, and the removal of obstacles from their paths. As the guardian of beginnings, he is invoked before embarking on new ventures, studies, or significant life events. His divine grace is believed to ensure a smooth and obstacle-free journey towards one’s goals.

His favourites

Lord Ganesha has a penchant for certain offerings that symbolize his love for simplicity and purity. He is particularly fond of Modaka, a sweet delicacy that represents the sweetness of life. Durva grass, red flowers, and his favorite fruit, the humble banana, are often used as offerings during the puja.

Conducting Ganeshapuja

Performing a Ganesh Puja involves several essential elements. A traditional Ganesha Murti, preferably made of clay, is placed on a sanctified altar. The puja begins with invoking Lord Ganesha’s presence through mantras and prayers. Offerings of modak, fruits, and flowers are presented, accompanied by the chanting of sacred hymns. The ceremony concludes with an aarti, a ritual of waving a lamp in front of the deity, accompanied by singing devotional songs.

As Ganesh Puja approaches, let us embrace the teachings and blessings of Lord Ganesha. His radiant wisdom and unwavering devotion inspire us to overcome challenges and embark on new beginnings with courage and grace. May his divine presence fill our lives with joy, prosperity, and the strength to navigate life’s journey with a heart full of gratitude.

In the spirit of Ganesh Puja, let us join together in celebration, seeking his blessings for a life brimming with abundance and fulfillment.

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