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Sree Ganesh Chaturthi & Sree Ganesh Utsav

Date: 22-August-2009

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Greetings of Sree Ganesh Chaturthi and Sree Ganesh Utsav,

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Sree Ganesh Chaturthi & Sree Ganesh Utsav

Sree Ganesh Chaturthi & Sree Ganesh Utsav

History:

The day on which the Ganesh frequencies reached earth for the first time, that is the day on which Lord Ganesh was born is the fourth day (chaturthi) of the bright fortnight of the Hindu lunar month of Magh. Since then, an association between Ganesh and chaturthi was established.

Video: Installation and Immersion of Ganesh idol

Note: Commentry is in Marathi.
Description: What is the importance of Ganesh Chaturthi? Why new idol of Lord Ganesh is established at every year? Information on Siddhivinayak vowed religious observarance and Aarti. [^Top]



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Installation and Immersion of Ganesh idol



 

Significance of Ganesh Chaturthi:

A. Since the frequencies of Ganesh and those of the earth on the fourth day (chaturthi or Ganesh Chaturthi) of every fortnight of the Hindu lunar months match, they are favourable to one another. This implies that on that date, a greater quantity of frequencies of Ganesh can reach the earth.
B. Chaturthi means the turiyavastha, a state beyond the states of waking (jagruti), dream (svapna) and deep sleep (sushupti). This itself is the target of a seeker.

C. The holy text Agnipuran' prescribes the vowed religious observance (vrat) of chaturthi for acquisition of worldly pleasures and the Final Liberation (Moksha). [^Top]

Types of Ganesh Chaturthi:

The fourth day (chaturthi) of the bright fortnight of each Hindu lunar month is called Vinayaki and that of the dark fortnight is called Sankashti.

A. Vinayaki : The ritualistic worship on this day does not include viewing the moon and worshipping it like sankashti. On the day of Vinayaki, one fasts the whole day through and ends the fast only the next day. The deity of this vowed religious observance (vrat) is 'Shri Siddhivinayak'. Vinayaki is performed for well-being and prosperity.

B. Sankashti : On this day, one should observe a complete fast the whole day. In the evening after a bath, one should make preparations for the ritualistic worship of Lord Ganesh. In the night after looking at the moon, either an idol of Ganesh or a betelnut placed on a mound of consecrated rice (akshata) symbolic of Ganesh, should be worshipped with sixteen substances (shodashopchar puja). Twenty-one rounds (avartans) of the Atharvashirsha should be recited. One should pay obeisance to the moon after giving an offering and sprinkling sandalwood paste (gandha), flowers and consecrated rice in its direction. On the day of chaturthi, the offering should be made in a circular shelving metal dish (tamhan). One should eat only after the holy sacrament which consists of five delicacies (mahanaivedya) is offered. The deity of this vowed religious observance is 'Shri Vighnavinayak'. Sankashta means sankat (crisis). The 360 frequencies which are emitted from the core of the earth surround us and thus slow down the body processes. This itself is called a 'sankat'.In the dark fortnight of the Hindu lunar month, these 360 frequencies are more active. This obstructs the flow of energy through the channels (nadis) in our body. Sankashti is performedto overcome this crisis. Ganesh controls the 360 frequencies. Hence by worshipping Him, one is released from the bondage of these 360 frequencies.[^Top]

C. Angaraki : The chaturthi which falls on a Tuesday is called Angaraki. Angar means the planet Mars (Mangal) or earth(bhumi). Ganesh is the presiding deity of Mars just as He is of the earth. Ganesh and Mars, both have the same complexion.On the day of Angaraki, the Ganesh frequencies reach the earthin greater quantities and those from the Mars too reach the earth. Consequently, most of the frequencies emitted from the moon are destroyed. Hence the benefit obtained by performing 'angarika vinayaki' and 'angarika sankashti' is equivalent to that obtained by performing all the vinayakis and sankashtis respectively, throughout the year. Angaraki unlike other vowed religious observances (vrat) is not performed throughout the day and night. It is an observance lasting for five prahars (one prahar is a period of about three hours), four during the day and one at night. According to the ritual, a meal should be taken at moonrise. Thus that meal becomes a part of the ritual and is not partaken to conclude the fast. [^Top]

Common Doubts and scientific Spiritual Clarification

Q. Why is there a need for a new Ganesh Idol?

Answer: Despite having an idol of Ganapati that is routinely worshipped, a new idol is brought for Ganesh Chaturthi. The reason being , during the period of Ganesh Chaturthi, Ganesh frequencies reach the earth in very large quantities. If these frequencies are invoked in the usual idol of worship then that idol will imbibe a tremendous amount of energy. To worship such an idol by meticulously observing all the norms of ritualistic worship throughout the year is a difficult task, since, one has to follow the restrictions of ritualistic worship (karmakand). Hence a new idol is installed to invoke and imbibe the Ganesh frequencies and is then immersed. The proportion of sattva, raja and tama components in the Ganesh frequencies is 5:5:5 while that in an average person is 1:3:5. This makes it difficult for an average person to imbibe Ganesh frequencies for a long time. [^Top]

Q. What is the proper duration of the ritual of Ganesh Chaturthi according to the scriptures and local customs?

Answer: 'An idol of Ganapati is sculpted from mud on the fourth day (chaturthi) of the bright fortnight of the Hindu lunar month of Bhadrapad. It is placed on the left palm and is consecrated with the name Siddhivinayak. According to the scriptures, it should be ritualistically worshipped and immersed immediately thereafter. However, since man enjoys celebrating festivals, he was not satisfied with this and began festivities by keeping the idol for one and a half, five, seven or ten days. Many people immerse Ganapati along with Gauri. If the Ganapati idol has to be worshipped for five days according to one's family tradition of spiritual practice (kulachar) yet one can worship the idol for one and a half or seven days if one desires so. One need not ask an authority in Spirituality before doing so.

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Q. If the idol gets damaged, what should be done?

Answer: If a part of the idol breaks before consecrating it with divinity or after showering it with consecrated rice (akshata) to withdraw divinity from it before immersion, then there is no need to worry. If a part of the idol is damaged before its consecration then the idol should be replaced by another, whereas, if it is damaged after the divinity is withdrawn , the idol should be immersed as usual. If the idol is damaged after consecration, it should be immersed after showering consecrated rice on it. If this occurs on the day of Ganesh Chaturthi, one should worship a new idol. However, if this occurs on the second or third day of Ganesh Chaturthi, there is no need to do so. If the idol is damaged completely then, with the advice of the family priest, one should perform the 'Adbhut Darshan Shanti', a ritual for peace in the family, according to one's convenience. If ill-omen like falling of a lit lamp, breaking of the grinding stone, flowering of a cress tree, damage to an idol, etc. occur, they are indicative of an impending financial loss, a serious illness or an untimely death in the family. Hence, the above remedy should be undertaken with faith (shraddhaa).' [^Top]

Q. Why looking at the moon is prohibited on Ganesh Chaturthi?

Answer: Looking at the moon is prohibited on this day because the moon is the cause of the mind, that is it provokes the mind to operate. However a seeker wants to attain thoughtlessness. In the constellation of planets, just as the moon is unstable as it has phases of waxing and waning so is the mind unstable in the physical body. Looking at the moon increases the instability of the mind by 1/1,00,000 times. Only when the mind becomes thoughtless does one attain the turiyavastha. On sankashti, after doing spiritual practice the whole day, the moon is viewed at night. This is an indication for the mind to return to the usual state after doing spiritual practice that day. The story connected with this in the Purans (mythological texts) goes thus. Once the moon ridiculed Ganapati saying, What a big belly You have, Your ears are like sifting pans, that trunk is weird and those eyes are so tiny !' So, Ganapati cursed it, Henceforth no one shall look at your face. Whoever does so will be accused of theft.' Accordingly everyone began to avoid the moon. So it could not go anywhere. Living in seclusion is very difficult. Hence, the moon appeased Ganapati by performing austerities and pleaded for mitigation of the curse. When reducing the intensity of a curse, the main curse should not be destroyed. Both the curse and its mitigation should be present in certain proportions. It is not appropriate for Me to destroy a curse given by Me completely.' Thinking thus, Ganapati mitigated the curse given to the moon by saying,' None shall look at you on the day of Ganesh Chaturthi. However on Sankashti Chaturthi, no one will eat their meal without looking at you.' [^Top]

An Ideal Ganesh Festival

How to please Lord Ganesh & invoke His Blessings

In ancient days, the rituals performed with spiritual emotion and the science behind them were the main part of the festival rather than external decoration. Unfortunately today, this aspect is overlooked while celebrating religious festivals. The idol should assimilate the Ganesh principle. A few years ago, in Kolhapur, Maharashta and Margao, Goa, the Ganesh idols worshipped in the public celebrations were in the form of Saints, Swami Samarth of Akkalkot and Shree Saibaba of Shirdi respectively. In Kalyan, Mumbai, Lord Ganesh's idol was created from medical appliances. The trunk was made from syringes, the ears from kidney trays, the crown from saline bottles, the hands from gloves and the eyes from capsules. [^Top]

According to the Science of Spirituality, every deity represents a specific principle. According to the doctrine of Spirituality, sound, touch, form, taste, odour and energy co-exist. Thus, the form of the deity should be such that it is able to attract maximum frequencies of the deitythat is worshipped. If this doctrine is not followed while making the idol, the frequencies of the deity do not assimilate in the idol, and the worshipper is not benefited by its ritualistic worship. Today, it is noticed thatmost of the times Ganesh idols are sculpted without considering these facts. Worship of such idols is wrong. According to the science of idols, an idol of Ganapati should have one tooth and four arms. The three hands should hold a noose, a goad and a tooth respectivelyand the fourth should be in a posture endowing blessings. The belly should be large and the flag should adorn a symbol of a mouse on it. The ears of the idol should be like sifting pans, and the deity should be seated on a wooden seat with a crown on it’s head.
Losses caused by giving a social form to a religious festival:

The Ganesh festival today, even though being a religious one, has proved detrimental to both Righteousness (Dharma) and society. Many people desire that the sanctity of a religious festival should be preserved. Rituals like moving lit lamps (arti), ritualistic worship (puja), making offerings to the deity (tirtha prasad), paying obeisance to The Lord, listening to songs in praise of God (kirtan) and discourses should acquire a significant position in the celebrations. Funds accumulated should be utilised for the spread of Spirituality.

Some examples of propagation of Spirituality are as follows -
1.Cleaning, repair, maintenance and renovation of neighbouring temples
2. Assisting in celebrating religious festivals in nearby places of pilgrimage (tīrthakshetra) and temples
3. Assisting individuals and organisations that aim at fostering Indian culture (sanskruti)
4. Assisting organisations in the study of the Vedās and the science of Yoga.
5. Providing assistance in cash or in kind to organisations propagating Spirituality, e.g. lending a sound system for a discourse at a nominal rate or free of charge.

Has your local festival achieved this aim?

A religious festival is a religious ritual celebrated collectively in the society to provide rest to the body and happiness to the mind, especially social happiness. One should be able to experience happiness from Nature and fine arts through such festivals and help man to go beyond self (self centredness) and blend with society at least to some extent. Religious festivals unite people who normally do not come together in their day-to-day life, setting aside all discriminations - of financial status, caste and class, literacy, etc. Make this Ganeshotsav a time to unite and be righteous! [^Top]

Evils prevalent in the Festival: Worship that hurts the Lord!

Video: Malpractices in Ganesh immersion procession

Note: Commentry is in Marathi.
Description: Malpractices during Ganesh immersion procession, Experience of common public about procession.

 

Video: Malpractices in the Ganesh Festival: Part 1

Note: Commentry is in Marathi.
Description: Why Ganesh festival is celebrated publicly? Other topics - Malpractices during Ganesh Festival like money demanded with force for Ganesh festival. Saints guidance on present state of festival.

 

Video: Malpractices in the Ganesh Festival: Part 2

Note: Commentry is in Marathi.
Description: Malpractices during Ganesh Festival like pollution of sound during Ganesh festival, strange and fearful demonstrations, record dance, Action taken by police against malpractices, Saints guidance about the programs during Ganesh festival.

 

 

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