Ganpathi Puja

Lord Ganesha online Puja, Ganapathi Homam, Ganpathi Puja with Homa, Ganapathi Pooja or Ganapathi Homa

Ganapathi or Ganesha, also known as Vinayaka is perhaps, the most popular of Hindu deities worshiped by all sections of the Hindus. No undertaking, whether sacred or secular, can get started without first honoring and worshipping him. This is understandable and highly desirable, since he is said to be the lord of obstacles (Vighneswara or Vighnaraja). Lord Ganesha occupies a prominence in many famous Rig Vedic mantras like, ‘gananam tva ganapathim havamahe..’ (2.23.1). There are many stories pertaining to his origin, but it quite reasonable to suppose that the ‘Ganapathi-Brahmanaspathi’ of Rigveda gradually got metamorphosed into the deity, ‘Gajavadana-Ganesha-Vighneswara’ as he is worshipped today.

The most commonly accepted form of Ganapathi depicts him as red (or golden red) in color and in a human body with an elephant’s head. Out of the two tusks, one is broken. He has four arms. Two of the arms hold the Pasa (noose) and Ankusha (goad). The other two are held in Abhaya and Varada Mudras. The belly is of generous proportions and is decorated with a snake belt. There is also a Yajnopavitha (sacred Brahminical thread), either of thread or serpent. He may be seated in Padmasana (lotus-posture). When the belly does not permit this, the right leg may be shown bent and resting on a seat. He is normally seen helping himself to liberal quantities of Modaka (a kind of sweet).

A mouse, of ridiculously small proportions, is seen near him, nibbling at his share of sweets, hoping perhaps, to gain enough strength to carry his master!

 Without his grace no religious rite can succeed.  He is always in the company of a group (gana = group) of singers and dancers. He vanquishes the enemies of gods, protects the devoted votaries and shows them the right way of life.

A third eye may sometimes be added on the forehead, in the centre of eyebrows. The number of eyes may be raised to five. The arms may vary from two to ten. Lotus, pomegranate, water-vessel, battle-axe, lute, broken tusk, sugarcane, ears of paddy, bow and arrow, thunderbolt, rosary, book- these are some of the other objects shown in the hands. His Sakthi is often shown with him as sitting in the lap. Sometimes two Sakthis, Riddhi and Siddhi, are also shown.

One of the epithets by which Ganapathi is worshipped is ‘Vighnaraja’ or ‘Vignesvara’ (‘The lord of obstacles’). He is the lord of all that obstructs or restricts, hinders or prevents. With various grades and shades of the powers of obstruction under his control, he can create a hell of trouble for us if he wants! In fact, according to mythological accounts, the very purpose of his creation was to obstruct the progress in the path of perfection!

If he is not appeased by proper worship, all undertakings, whether sacred or secular, will meet with so many obstacles that they will simply peter out. This shows that nothing can succeed without his grace. If he is pleased by worship and service, he will tempt his votaries with success and prosperity (Siddhi and Riddhi) the very taste of which can gradually lead them away from the spiritual path. Why does he do it? To test them thoroughly before conferring on them the highest boon of Moksha. Compared to the highest spiritual wisdom, which alone is really worth striving for, even Riddhi and Siddhi (success and prosperity) are like impurities.

There are several aspects of deity Ganapathi. Only a few of them have been dealt with here. ‘Balaganapathi’ and ‘Tarunaganapathi’ images depict him as a child and a young man, respectively. Vinayaka’ is shown with four arms holding a broken tusk, goad, noose and rosary. He holds the sweet modaka in his trunk. He may be standing or seated. Herambaganapathi’ has five heads, ten hands; three eyes in each face and he rides a lion. ‘Viravighnesha’ exhibits the martial spirit with several weapons held in his ten hands. ‘Sakthiganapati,’ several varieties of which are shown in Tantras, is shown with his Sakthi, called variously as Lakshmi, Riddhi, Siddhi, Pushti and so on. Worship of this aspect is said to confer special powers or grant the desired fruits quickly.

One of the varieties of this Sakthiganapati’ is called ‘Ucchistaganapathi’, the Ganapathi associated with unclean things like orts, whose worship belongs to Vamachara (‘the left handed path’) and said to give quick results. Vamachara in simple terms is making use of unclean things and purifying oneself spiritually. ‘Nrithaganapathi’ is a beautiful image showing him as dancing. It seems once Brahma met Ganapathi and bowed down to him with great respect and reverence. Being pleased with this Ganapathi started dancing gracefully. That is why Ganapathi is declared the master of music and dancing. ‘Varasiddhi Vinayaka’ is worshipped during the famous Ganesha Chaturti festival. He grants boon when worshipped.

Ganaesha is worshipped not only in images but also in Lingas, Saligramas, Yantras (geometrical diagrams) and Kalasas (pots of water). Ganapathi Saligramas however are very rare. The Svastika accepted as his graphic symbol.

Temples and shrines dedicated to Ganapathi are numerous, spread across the country. Ganapathi also appears in the campuses of most other deities.  Worship Ganapathi with AstroMerits and take his divine blessings to fulfill all your desires. Have a Lord Ganesha Online Puja and Ganapathi Homa performed online listen to all the Ganapathi Mantras and view the Puja proceedings live, from the comforts of your home.

 

Ganpathi Puja
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