The legend of Lord Ganesha and how to celebrate according to the scriptures

People should establish the idol of Lord Ganesha according to the rules and after the worship immerse the idol respectfully in water. According to the scriptures, one must refrain from sleeping at night and continue to sing for the return of Ganpati next year

According to Shiv Puran, Kumar Khand from Rudra Sanhita chapter 18, once Mata Parvati before going to bathe created a boy from her body dust to guard her and not give anyone access inside her house. The little boy was so conscientious of his duty that he refused entry even to his father, Shiva, who felt offended. When the Ganas intervened, Ganesha did not move from his position to guard Mata Parvati.

A big fight broke out. First with Ganas then with Lord Vishnu. But the strength of the little one amazed everyone. Even Bhagwan Narad could not make the child understand. In anger, Lord Shiva cut off the boy’s head with his trident.

And then a type of Holocaust emerged. An angry Mata Parvati, with her divine shaktis, was determined to destroy the universe if her son was not brought back to life. All were aware of his supreme power. In his anger, Jagdamba, with his shaktis, began to destroy the universe.

Bearing in mind the immense destruction, all the sages prostrated themselves before her; they prayed to her, chanting her different names. They tried to pacify her through worship. So Lord Shiva instructed the ‘devtas’ to travel north and bring the heads of everyone they met first. The “devtas” first encountered an elephant. They cut off his head and brought it before Lord Shiva, who tied the head to Ganesha’s neck after sanctifying his body. After the purification and awakening process, Ganesha is resurrected.

A happy Parvati blessed her son to be the first to be worshiped during any type of puja. Other “devtas” would be worshiped after him. She also gave him many siddhis.

Lord Brahma blessed him to be ‘Vighnaharta’ or the destroyer of obstacles. Every ‘devta’ standing there worshiped him and approved of Lord Shiva, Mata Parvati and Lord Brahma.

Lord Shiva said that since Ganesha is from Bhadrapad, Krishna paksh Chaturthi, this auspicious day would be for Ganesh puja, which would bring joy and happiness to all.

People should establish Lord Ganesha idol according to rules and worship it with ‘durva’ or doob grass or panicun or three heap holy grass. Light incense, offer water, prasad, betel leaf, lamp, chant mantras, etc.

Brahmins should be given food and respected. After worship, immerse the idol respectfully in water. The vedi, or the platform on which the idol is placed, should be decorated with an eight-petalled lotus. Also, one should refrain from sleeping at night and keep singing for the return of Ganpati next year, prepare sweets and offer them to Brahmins.

This cult will satisfy all desires.

According to the rituals, the worship should last for one year, starting from Rama Chaturthi. It is said that respect for Brahmins is an essential part of all our worship.

According to Narad Puran, Purva chapter 13 and Ganesh Puran, while praying, one should recite the 21 names of Ganesha while making the offering to Ketki.

The 21 names are as follows:

1) Sumuka
2) Ganadisha
3) Umaputra
4) Gajmukha
5) Lambodara
6) Harasuna
7) Shurpakarna
8) Vakratonde
9) Guharaja
10) Ekdanta
11) Heramba
12) Chaturhotra
13) Sarveswar
14) Vikata
15) Hematonde
16) Kapil
17) Vain
18) Bhalchandra
19) Sugraja
20) Siddhivinayaka
21) Vinayaka

This offering should be 21 types of sacred leaves. At the end of the five or seven year worship, give a cow as alms to a Brahmin. Always offer 11 modaks or ladoos in prasad. The more years you follow this puja, the more benefits you will receive.

According to Narad Puran and Ganesh Puran, a word of caution should be mentioned here. On this day, you should avoid looking at the moon because this sighting brings bad luck to that particular person. If someone sees the moon at night, the following mantra should be chanted.

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Lord Ganesha is also mentioned in the Vedas.

Rig Ved 2.23.1

ॐ गणानां त्वा गणपतिं हवामहे कविं कवीनामुऍऍमत।रसव
Joh ज्येष्ठराजं ब्रह्मणां

Also mentioned as Brahmanaspati in 2.23.5 and other Rig Veda mantras.

It is also mentioned in Ganesh Puran 2.1.17-21 that Lord Ganesha will take the avatar to Kalyug and will be known as Dhumraketu. When Kalyug starts, everything will be the opposite of expected standards. The scriptures will be insulted when an unworthy person reads them and preaches about them. Gurus and parents will be constantly insulted. The average age will be 16 years old and the childbearing age will be five to six years old. People will be obsessed with lust. Temples and pilgrimages will be ruined. Since nothing will be offered by ‘swadha’ and ‘swaha’, the devtas will starve. At this point, they will take refuge in Gajanan.

Bhagwan Gajanan will assure them of their safety and well-being, stating that he will descend as the avatar of Dhumraketu or Shoorpkarna riding a blue horse. He will destroy all evil and restore peace and sanity, marking the rise of Satyug.

Anshul Pandey is a freelance writer and columnist

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