Posts Tagged ‘Lord Ganesha’

Vinayaka Chaturthi

August 30, 2009

“Vakratunda Mahaakaaya Suryakotee Sama Prabha
Nirvighnam kuru mey Deva, Sarva kaaryeshu Sarvadaa”

Ganesha Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi is a great festival of Lord Ganesha which is celebrated by Hindus all over the world especially in the western India state of Maharashtra, the celebration of this festival last 10 days and ends on the day of ‘Ananta Chaturdashi’

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This day is celebrated as the Birthday calibration of Lord Ganesha, it’s also said that Ganesha Chaturthi Festival is a day on which Lord Ganesha, the son f Shiva and Parvati, is believed to bestow his presence on earth for all his devotees. This festival is observed in the lunar month of bhadrapada shukla paksha chathurthi madhyahana vyapini purvaviddha.

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According to the legend, Lord Shiva, the Hindu God of resolution, was away at a war. His wife Parvati, wanted to bathe and having no-one to guard the door to her house, conceived of the idea of creating a son who could guard her. Parvati created Ganesha and She then set him to stand guard at her door and instructed him not to let anyone enter.

In the meantime, Lord Shiva returned from the battle but as Ganesha did not know him, stopped Shiva from entering Parvati’s chamber. Shiva, enraged by Ganesh’s impudence, drew his trident and cut off Ganesha’s head. Parvati emerged to find Ganesha decapitated and flew into a rage. She took on the form of the Goddess Kali and threatened destruction to the three worlds of Heaven, Earth and Subterranean earth.

ganesh chaturthi

Seeing Parvati in a dangerous mood. The other Gods were afraid and Shiva, in an attempt to pacify Parvati, sent out his ganas, or hordes, to find a child whose mother is facing another direction in negligence, cut off his head and bring it quickly. The first living thing they came across was an elephant. That elephant was facing north (the auspicious direction associated with wisdom). So they brought the head of this elephant and Shiva placed it on the trunk of Parvati’s son and breathed life into him. Parvati was overjoyed and embraced her son, the elephant-headed boy whom Shiva named Ganesha, the lord of his ganas. Parvati was still upset so Lord Shiva announced that everyone who worships Ganesha before any other form of God is favoured. So Ganesh is worshipped first in all Hindu occasions and festivals.

Lord Ganesha is worshipped, as the God of wisdom and Ganesha Chaturthi is a festival celebrated in the honor of Lord Ganesha.

Diwali

October 23, 2008

Diwali is a very famous Indian festival of lights. Diwali is also called Deepawali the festival of lights, is the abstraction of the Sanskrit word Deepavali – ‘Deep’ means Diya the small pots made from clay for light and ‘Avali’, means a row – meaning a row of Diyas means an Array of Lamps It’s mostly celebrated in all over India in there own special way. In north India, Deepawali festival celebrates when Lord Rama’s return to Ayodhya after the defeat of Ravana and his coronation as king. This festival is celebrated for five days.
Five days of Diwali

Dhanteras
Narkachaturdashi / Choti Diwali
Diwali
Govardhan Puja (Annakoot) / Bali Prativpada
BhaiDooj / Bhaiya Duj

Dhanteras: The first day of Diwali is called Dhanteras, Dhanwantari Triodasi or Dhantryaodashi, it is been celebrated on the thirteenth day of Ashwin month. It’s believed that this is a day of wealth; Women purchase some gold, silver or new utensils on this day.

Narkachaturdashi or Choti Diwali
: The second day is known as ‘Choti Diwali which is the fourtheenth day of Ashwin month. On this day Lord Krishna killed the demon Narakasur and made the world free from evil power so this day is being dedicated for light and prayer.

Diwali: The third and the most important day is Diwali. Diwali the festival of lights falls on the Amavasya the 15th day of the dark fortnight of Ashwin month. The day is celebrated by worshiping Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi.the goddess of wealth it is the main day of celebration. Each and every corner is being lighted on this day.


Govardhan Puja (Annakoot) / Bali Prativpada
: It’s the fourth day of the celebration which is being celebrated in different ways in different part of India. In northern part of India this day is celebrated two days after Diwali as Govardhan Puja while in the western parts of India like Maharashtra state the same festival is celebrated as Padva or Bali Prativpada. Govardhan Puja is also known and celebrated as Annakoot that means the mountain of food.

BhaiDooj / Bhaiya Duj: It is the fifth day of Diwali which is celebrated as Bhai Dooj or Bhaiya Duj. it’s celebrated on the next day of Goverdhan Puja.