Happy Ganesh Chaturthi 2023: Tuesday, 19 September 2023

Everyone has a Ganesh idol kept at the entrance of their house or offices. Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the significant Hindu festivities sanctified universally in India with unrivaled fidelity. Ganesh Chaturthi's day is observed as the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Lord Ganesha is the figure of enlightenment, success, and immeasurable luck. Idols & figurines are found in almost every home in India.

Different Names of Lord Ganesha

Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in Bhadra (usually comes between August and September month) according to the Hindu month. This celebration is observed by Hindus with a large passion. the devotees bring statues of Lord Ganesha to their houses and worship him by doing his aartis twice in a day and also by offering sweets. The period of this celebration varies from 1 day to 11 days, but it depends on the place and custom. On the concluding day of the celebration, the Lord Ganesha's statues are carried out in a bright and harmonious parade and sunk traditionally in water.

As per Hindu mythicism, Lord Ganesha is regarded as "VignaHarta" (the one who eliminates barriers) and "Buddhi-Pradaayaka" (the one who gives knowledge). Ganesh Chaturthi is a festival that is very significant for learners, as they idolize Lord Ganesha to elucidate their thoughts.

How and when was Lord Ganesha born?

On the height of Kailash Parvat, lived the family of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva hardly would be at home as he would travel the world and his son Kartikeya would be out playing till night and Goddess Parvati would get bored being home alone. Goddess Parvati felt she needed a son who would accompany her or be there whenever she needed him. So, one day when she went for a bath, she made a boy out of saffron paste, closed her eyes in prayed.

The boy did take charge of his mother. He accompanied his mother wheresoever she went. He held sentry at the gateway to their dwelling when Goddess Parvati was working indoors. He would not permit any outsider to infiltrate the residence. But one evening, Shiva returned to his house buy to his surprise he found a boy guarding his house. But the boy stopped him from entering the house as he didn't know who Lord Shiva was. Lord Shiva had a low temperament. He lost his cool as he was stopped at the entrance of his own house stopping him from entering. Lord Shiva lifted his weaponry, the Trident, and swept the boy aside and entered into his house.

Quite following that, Goddess Parvati came out of the house. She was overwhelmed to have her spouse back at the house. But Lord Shiva looked to be in an inferior mood. Lord Shiva then asked Goddess Parvati who that boy was. But Goddess Parvati noticed the absenteeism of her precious son. And she shouted asking where he was.

Lord Shiva was astonished to learn that the boy who obstructed him from entering their house was Goddess Parvati’s son. After hearing to his wife, Lord Shiva hurried to see for their another son. But Lord Shiva’s trident had stolen away from his life. Helpless to see Goddess Parvati crying, Lord Shiva attached the boy's head with the head of an elephant and drew him back to life.

Lord Shiva granted him his blessings and presented him to the Lord of his spiritual company. This merited the boy the name Ganapati, which signifies the Lord of the Ganas. Lord Shiva declared that his son Lord Ganesha will be known as the Lord of Intelligence. And it is said that whoever starts studies or anything new needs to first revere to Lord Ganesha. Lord Shiva also stated that Lord Ganesha was enriched with the skill to eliminate barriers. If one submits devotions to Lord Ganesha before beginning a fresh task, that task would be fulfilled without hindrances. The whole world worships Lord Ganesha as the Lord of intelligence and Remover of Difficulties.

Lord Ganesha unlike us has 108 names. A few names of Lord Ganesha are listed below:

  1. Balaganapati- a popular child.
  2. Bheema- someone who is strong and gigantic.
  3. Devavrata- someone who accepts all punishments.
  4. Gajanana- elephant-faced.
  5. Vinayaka- god of all.
  6. Ganpati- lord of Gods.
  7. Haridra- someone who is golden in color.
  8. Kapila- someone who is yellowish-brown in color.
  9. Mahaganpati- greatest god.
  10. Mrityunjaya- the Conqueror of departure of life.
  11. Siddhivinayaka- almsgiver of success.
  12. Swaroop- Beauty lover.
  13. Tarun- ageless.
  14. Vighnaharta- remover of the obstacles.
  15. Yogadhipa- god of meditation.
and many more.

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