Ganesh Chaturthi 2021| 5 Major Lessons to learn from Lord Ganesha

 Ganesh Chaturthi 2021: Lessons to learn from Lord Ganesha

As we all enter into the grand celebrations of Ganesh Chaturthi also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, get ready for a positive reverberation of Ganesh Ji's Aarti, chant hymns and bhajans to welcome the birth of Lord Ganesh. This year the festival will be celebrated on September 10.

Ganesh Chaturthi is a prominent Hindu festival that is celebrated for 10 days in a row every year. It falls in the Hindu calendar month of Bhadra which is during mid-August or September. It marks the birth of the beloved elephant-headed deity Lord Ganesha. He is the younger son of the prominently observed Hindu deities Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. He is dearly known as Ganpati or Vinayaka by his worshippers.
The festival is celebrated with great pomp and show by Hindus in India and all across the world. In India, Vinayaka Chaturthi is prominently celebrated in the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Telangana and Madhya Pradesh.

Significance and Facts of Ganesh Chaturthi

  • Four main rituals are held during this grand festival namely Pranapratishhta- the process of making the deity into an idol, Shhodashopachara- 16 ways to pay divine tribute to Lord Ganesha, Uttarpuja- Pooja after which the idol is shifted after its making, Ganpati Visarjan- immersion of the idol in the water bodies.
  • The 16 ways of paying divine tribute during Shhodashopachara are Aavaahana, Pratishthapan, Asana Samarpana, Arghya Samarpan, Achamana, Madhuparka, Snaana, Vastra Samapana, Yagyopavit, Gandha, Pushpa, Dhoop, Deepa, Naivedya and Taambloa. 
  • Ganesh Puja is mainly observed in other parts of the world such as Thailand, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Nepal, Cambodia, Mauritius etc.
  • Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak, an Indian Independence activist made the festival from a private ceremony to an enthralling public event to minimize the gap between the Brahmins and the Non-Brahmins in a context to establish unity between them.
  • Ganpati decorations are beautifully done and installed as 'Pandals' at locals, homes and important temples. The idols are decorated with flowers, lights and garlands. 
  • A positive reverberation is spread all over as everyone is in a festive mood and people celebrate by singing, playing religious songs, dancing their heart out to drum beats ad much more.
  • Pranapratishhta- where temple priests chant mantras to evoke life in the deity for offering blessings to the common people.
  • We all mostly believe that Ganpati is a bachelor, yet there are times he is represented with two wives Ridhi and Sidhi.

Ganpati Bappa

Lessons to learn from Lord Ganesha 

Ganpati Murti

Lord Ganesha is worshipped before every new beginning for harbouring good luck and wealth. Worshipping him is believed to eradicate all the difficulties in one's life and give inner strength to make good decisions in life. Here is what we can learn from Lord Ganesha:

Due Respect to Parents

Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati

Legend has it that Lord Ganesha and Lord Karthikeya were given a challenge by their parents Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati where they asked both to run around the world three times in a row and whoever achieves in doing would get the gift of wisdom. Lord Karthikeya left taking his Peacock to perform the task whereas Lord Ganesha ran around his parents three times stating they are his world.

Never Giving up

When Vyasa agreed with Ganesha on contributing to writing Mahabharata. he put one condition that he will keep writing non-stop. Both of them sat to write but in the meanwhile, Ganesha's pen broke causing him to break one of his tusks to continue writing the epic. As a whole, he didn't want any interruption to complete his assigned task. This inspiring legend also teaches sacrifice.

Equality for everyone matters!

As most of us are allergic by seeing the mouse roaming all about and the activities which he performs makes us feel uncomfortable such as eating leftover food, playing pranks in the dark. But for Ganpati, he chose 'Mooshak' the rat as his Vahan/Vehicle. This legend teaches his respect for each and creature on this planet despite big or small, it is all equal. 
Through this, we can learn every person deserves equal respect irrespective of someone's religion, colour, appearance, gender, profession etc.

Never Compromise on your duty!

It is a well-known quotation that a man is recognized as an individual through his duties and deeds. When Goddess Parvati asked her son Ganesha to guard outside the door while she was bathing, Ganesha performed his responsibility of providing safety to his mother. When Lord Shiva came, he stopped him despite knowing that he is his father at the entrance. Enraged Shiva chopped off his head, having this Ganesha still performed his duty.
It teaches that our duties are important above anything. One should work with utmost dedication and perseverance to achieve success despite any hardships or twists and turns in life.

Art of Forgiveness!

The legend has it that once Ganpati Bappa was mocked by the moon for being an overeater and having a big belly. This enraged Lord Ganesha and he cursed the moon that it won't be visible from that moment. The moon felt guilty and started apologizing for making his false comments about the Lord. Ganesha forgave the moon for his misdeed but didn't take his curse back. He reduced the curse by making it visible only once a month properly.
This is the reason why we see a full moon once a month! 
This teaches us that we should forgive and forget someone's wrongdoings without being too angry and letting it to the heart. One should maintain distance from people who try to hurt you again and again.

So, that was all about the lessons we should learn from Lord Ganesha on this auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi! 
Enjoy this auspicious and amazing festival by having done 'Ganesh Ji ki Aarti' and preparing Ganesha's favourite dishes like Modak, Pooran Poli and Karanji with family, friends, visitors and relatives.

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to all! 😇

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