Sept. 6, 2021, 6:35 p.m. by Karuwaki Speaks ( 622 views)
Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturti, is a Hindu festival celebrating the arrival of Ganesh to earth from Kailash Parvat with his mother Goddess Parvati/Gauri. The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi starts on Shukla Paksha Chaturthi as per the Hindu calendar in the month of Bhadrapada.
The festivities last for 10days after which the visarjan takes place.
Ganesha also known as Ganapati and Vinayaka, is one of the most worshipped deities in the Hindu pantheon!Widely revered, as the remover of obstacles; the patron of arts and sciences,the deva of intellect and wisdom and as the god of beginnings, he is honoured at the start of rites and ceremonies. Ganesha is also invoked as patron of letters and learning.
The Hindu title of respect Shri Sanskrit: श्री; is often added before his name.
The name Ganesha is a Sanskrit compound, joining the words gana meaning a 'group, multitude, and isha,meaning 'lord or master'.
His name means both “Lord of the People” (gana means the common people) and “Lord of the Ganas” (Ganesha is the chief of the ganas is often taken to refer to the ganas, a troop of semi-divine beings that form part of the retinue of Shiva, Ganesha's father.
Ganesha's mount/vahana is the mouse. Legend has it, that an evil demon Mooshikasura was wreaking havoc in the world and Lord Ganesha fought him and brought him to his knees. After seeking forgiveness, he became Mooshik the rat mount of Lord Ganesh.
The mention of the mouse as Ganesha’s mount first appears in the Matsya Purana and later in the Brahmananda Purana and Ganesha Purana.
According to Ganesha Purana, there was a celestial musician named Krauncha. He accidentally stepped on the foot of Muni Vamadeva who cursed him to become a mouse. However, after he recovered his temper he promised Krauncha that one day the gods themselves would bow down before him. The giant mouse damaged everything that came in its path. The prophecy was fulfilled when the mouse became the vahana of Ganesha.
When Lord Ganesha was invited to Maharishi Parashar’s ashram. Krauncha ended up stepping on the ashram and destroyed it. Lord Ganesha decided to meet the giant mouse and teach him a lesson. He unleashed one of his weapons called ‘pasha’ which ended up looping around Krauncha’s neck and brought him to Ganesha’s feet. Krauncha asked for forgiveness and asked Ganesha to accept him as his vehicle.
His vahana symbolizes Ganesha’s ability to overcome anything and to get what he wants. Seated on the rat (Mushika), Ganesh crushes useless thoughts, which multiply like rats in the dark & his vahana also represents speed & sharpness.
Like a rat and like an elephant, Ganesha is a remover of obstacles!Sarva Siddhi Pradaya GanapathiPrannamya Shirasaa Devam Gaurii Putra VinaayakamBhaktaavaasam Smare Nityaayuss-Kaama-Artha-Siddhaye
” We bow to you Sri Ganesha Who is the Deva, to be saluted by bowing the Head, the Son of Gauri, and Vinayaka,Who is the abode of the devotees, and should be remembered always for accomplishing long life, health, fulfillment of desires and objectives.”