What is the significance of ‘durva’ in Ganesh Poojan?

Contents
1. Durva: Main component of the ritualistic worship of Sri Ganesh ji
1.1 Spiritual features of Durva
1.2 What type and how many Durva should be offered to Sri Ganesh ji?
1.3 Method of offering Durva to Sri Ganesh ji
1.4 Durvarchan
1.5 Effects of Durvarchan
2. Experiment with Durva
3. Durva and grass

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1. Durva: Main component of the ritualistic worship of Sri Ganesh ji

Durva is a special type of sacred grass. The word Durva is derived from the words duhu and avam. Duhuavam means that which is far away and means that which brings closer. According to this meaning, Durva is that which brings the distant pure spiritual particles (pavitraks) of Sri Ganeshji closer. Durva are used in auspicious events and ritualistic worship of Deities, especially in the worship of Sri Ganesh ji

1.1 Spiritual features of Durva

1. The process of absorption of the Deity’s Principle happens at its root

2. The Durva have the ability to absorb and emit the three Principles of Primal Shiva, Primal Shakti and Primal Ganesh.

3. Durva have the highest ability to attract the Ganesh Principle.

Its effect takes place in various ways. For example

The Nirgun Ganesh Principle and pure Chaitanya are emitted through the Durva in higher proportion.

The momentum of this emission is also higher.

The effect of the frequencies emitted by the Durva is on the subtlest, that is, most subtle level.

The effect of the frequencies emitted by the Durva is on the gross body, the subtle body and the causal body.

Hence, Durva are offered to Sri Ganeshji.

1.2 What type and how many Durva should be offered to Sri Ganeshji?

Generally, tender Durva shoots are used in the ritualistic worship of Sri Ganeshji. The blossomed Durva are not used in the worship. With the blossoming of the plant, its ability to attract the Ganesh Principle is reduced. Similarly the Durva whose middle stick has three leaflets should not be offered to Sri Ganeshji.

Offer the Durva with three or five leaflets to Sri Ganeshji. They are called durvankur. The middle leaflet of durvankur attracts the Principle of Primal Ganesh and the other two leaflets attract Primal Shiva and Primal Shakti Principles.

1.3 Method of offering Durva to Sri Ganesh ji

The minimum number of Durva to be offered to Sri Ganesh ji should be 21. Tie the Durva together and offer them to Sri Ganesh ji after dipping into water. The entire idol of Sri Ganesh ji excluding the face should be covered with Durva. Thus the fragrance of Durva spreads around the idol.

1.4 Durvarchan

Sri Ganesh ji is ritualistically worshipped by offering a Durva with each chant of ‘i’ or with each utterance of the one thousand Names of Sri Ganesh ji. This is called ‘durvarchan’. In this the offering of Durva begins from the Holy Feet of iGanesh idol.

1.5 Effects of Durvarchan

The Principle of a Deity is emitted in higher proportion through the Holy Feet of the idol. So the Durva offered in the beginning attracts Ganesh Principle in higher proportion. This Principle is then transferred to the Durva offered later on. This Principle is spread up to the top by the Durva offered in sequence. Due to this the Chaitanya frequencies are emitted from the idol in higher proportion.

As a result of the durvarchan done in this manner, the Ganesh Principle is attracted to the venue of the worship in higher proportion. The Nirgun frequencies of Principles of Deities are attracted in the idol. These frequencies are transformed into Sagun frequencies in Sri Ganesh idol and they are then emitted through the idol because of which the worshipper gets more benefit.

It is thus clear that due to the emission of the Deity’s Principle through the Durva, the adverse influence of the raja-tama-predominant Principles in the environment is reduced. This is the reason why a person suffering

from negative energies feels distressed when he comes in contact with the Durva.

2. Experiment with Durva

When a person affected by negative energies comes in contact with the Durva, he experiences distress.

Based on the subtle picture above, one can see here that on coming in contact with Durva the negative energy distressing the woman has manifested. Due to the sattvik frequencies emitted by Durva, the negative energy manifest in the woman is distressed. As a visible result of this, the woman is also seen experiencing distress.

Effect of Durva on a woman having distress by negative energy:

The Chaitanya is activated in the Durva placed in front of the woman affected by negative energy and keeps moving in the form of a spiral.

From the tips of Durva the saviour and destroyer energy is emitted towards the woman.

This energy flows in the woman’s body, is activated and its spiral keeps moving.

The negative energy fights with the energy emitted by the Durva through the medium of the black energy it has stored in the woman’s body.

The negative energy is distressed and is pushed away. At the same time the black energy also disintegrates.

Through the Durva the energy particles spread in the environment and are conserved for a long time.

The root cause of this type of effect is the ability of Durva to attract and emit the Principles of Deities:

Durva has 0.75% vibrations of Divine Principle, 2% vibrations of Chaitanya, 3% of Shakti and 4% of Ganesh Principle.

Flow of Divine Principle and Shakti is attracted in the root of the Durva leaflet.

Spirals of Divine Principle, Shakti and Chaitanya are generated in the roots and leaflets of Durva and circulate in active form.

Particles of vital energy spread in the environment from the tips of Durva.

Flow of Ganesh Principle is attracted at the nodal points of the Durva leaflets.

A. Spirals of Ganesh Principle are generated in the roots and leaflets of Durva and circulate in an active form.

B. Flows of Ganesh Principle are emitted into the environment from the tips of Durva.

C. Particles of Shakti in the form of Ganesh Principle spread in the environment from the tips of Durva.

This shows that there is a scientific perspective behind the religious rituals mentioned in Sanatan culture, every action therein and every ingredient used in them.

3. Durva and grass

Durva have the highest ability to attract and emit the Principles of the three Deities – Primal Shiva, Primal Shakti and Primal Ganapati. The grass does not have any such ability. The vibrations that the grass attracts and emits are illusory, that is, artificial.

Subtle effect of grass:

Raja-guna is active in the roots of grass, which flows in outward direction.

Due to the raja-guna in the grass, the illusory vibrations flow in it and are also emitted by it.

If Durva is not available, the all-encompassing akshat, that is, unbroken rice grains smeared with kumkum should be offered to the Deity. The Scriptures mention: ‘सकलउपचारार्थे अक्षताम्‌ समर्पयामि ।’ which means, ‘Akshat can be used in place of all the substances offered in the rituals’.

Points to be kept in mind while bringing Durva for the ritualistic worship of Sri Ganeshji:

1. Select Durva grown in a clean place only.

2. The Durva should not have been trampled upon.

3. While plucking Durva, chant the Name of Sri Ganesh ji continuously.

4. While bringing Durva home they should not be held in the left hand or on the head.

The three leaflets of the tri-foliage Durva to be offered to Sri Ganesh ji denote the three gunas, sattva, rajatama and . If the bhav of the worshipper or the seeker is that ‘offering the tri-foliage Durva means offering our gunas’, he gets the benefit at the spiritual level. One can say that the sole aim of life of a person on the path of Spirituality is to contribute to the Divine mission by going beyond the three gunas. In short, one gets the learning from the Durva that, one should be in a state beyond trigunas and continue to perform the Divine mission with the help of the trigunas.

One’s distress of negative energy is reduced by coming in contact with Durva, but it can increase again due to the raja-tama. Chanting the Name of a Deity persistently is an excellent medium to root out the distress.

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