|Lord Ganesha - God of Wisdom|
II श्री गणेश शलोक II
nirvighnaM kuru me deva sarvakaaryeshhu sarvadaa ||
II Meaning of Shree Ganesha Shloka II
O God Ganesha [large bodied with a large belly], radiant as millions of Suns, Please, remove obstacles in all of my tasks, all the time
|Ganesha with Lord Shiva and |
|The Elephant-Headed Ganesha|
|Lord Gansha Riding His |
|Narada with the Gift of Omnipotence-The Mango|
Narada had produced a Mango, infused with powers of "Omnipotence or Unlimited Power".
A contest was decided upon to determine who of Lord Ganesha and Muruga should receive the gift of "Omnipotence". Narada approached the Divine Supreme family in their Abode in Kailash and said the Mango was a gift which should go to only one person. It was decided that the brothers would race round the Universe and whoever came back first, would be the recipient of the Gift of Omnipotence. While Lord Muruga, perched on His peacock went round the Universe with great strength and speed, Lord Ganesha had only His little mouse, He instantly grasped the full reality of the situation and stood up and walked round His parents, Shiva and Parvati. Then Lord Ganesha bowed before them and requested the price. Lord Muruga, who had just in that time, circled the Universe, returned to see Ganesha completing His bow.
|The Fearless -Lord Ganesha|
Ganesha is known to have braved even to fight His own father Lord Shiva He is fearless. The prime emotion that leads to all types of confusions, conflicts and failure is fear and Lord Ganesha removes Fear.
|Dancing Lord Ganesha|
|Lord Ganesha - The "OM" Symbol|
|Lord Ganesha - The "Sankata Harana"|
and "Vighna Nivarana" God
He is known to one and all as "Vighna Nivarana" or "Remover of Hurdles" and "Sankata Harana" or "Remover of Sorrows".
Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations
The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in the states of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and many other parts of India. Started by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaja, the great Maratha ruler, to promote culture and nationalism, the festival was revived by Lokmanya Tilak [freedom fighter] to spread the message of freedom struggle and to defy the British who had banned public assemblies. The festival gave the Indians a feeling of unity and revived their patriotic spirit and faith. This public festival formed the background for political leaders who delivered speeches to inspire people against the Western rule. The festival is so popular that the preparations begin months in advance.
Tilak also sought to have all the immersions take place on the tenth and final day. Since then this festival just like the many other Indian festivals that are celebrated with pomp and show, is an extraordinary testimony to the public place of religion in Indian life.
|Artists giving the Final Touches|
to Ganesha Idols
|"Visarjan" - Immersion in the Sea on |
Ananta Chaturdasi Day
The Ganapati Festival ends with the immersion [Visarjan] of the idol on Ananta Chaturdasi day. Here is the Video of this grand finale to the Ganesh Chaturthi Festival: