Ganeshotsav

Contents
1. Special features of Sri Ganesh ji
1.1 Names of Sri Ganesh ji and their meanings
1.2 Spiritual science underlying calling Sri Ganesh jiVighnaharta’ ‘
2. Tithi associated with Sri Ganesh ji: Chaturthi
3. Sri Ganeshopasana
3.1 Daily worship of Sri Ganesh ji
3.2 Special substances used in the worship of Sri Ganesh ji

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Sri Ganeshchaturthi is not only a festival but also a religious festival and a vrat. Ganeshchaturthi is celebrated not only in Bharat but abroad too. Among the popular religious festivals in Bharat after Dipavali, it is only Sri Ganeshchaturthi which is worthy of mention. Due to Ganesh festival the sattvikta of the society increases and social integration is also achieved.

1. Special features of Sri Ganesh ji

A. Being worshipped first in every auspicious event: With the worship and remembering of Sri Ganesh ji at the commencement of any task, the ten directions are cleared. This means Sri Ganesh ji makes the necessary Deity’s principle available to us. This is called ‘Mahadvarpujan’ or ‘Mahaganapatipujan’.

B. Understanding man’s sound language and the Deities’ light language and inter-converting them: Sri Ganesh ji converts man’s language of sound into the language of light of Deities and the language of light into the language of sound and conveys our prayers to the Deities.

C. Eliminating distress caused by negative energies: Most people in the society have many difficulties in life. A variety of physical and mental distress is suffered due to negative energies. The distress of negative energies can be eliminated by chanting the name of Sri Ganesh ji with spiritual emotion.

1.1 Names of Sri Ganesh ji and their meanings
Vakratund, Ekdant, Krushnapingaksh, Gajavaktra etc. are some Names of Sri Ganesh. Sri Ganesh ji is also called ‘Vighnaharta’. ‘Vighnaharta’ means the One who removes obstacles.

1.2 Spiritual science underlying calling Sri Ganesh ji ‘Vighnaharta’
Three hundred sixty different frequencies are continuously in motion in the eight directions. The raja frequencies among them are called ‘tiryak’ frequencies and the tama frequencies ‘visphutit’. These clusters of frequencies adversely affect the world of living beings. Sri Ganesh ji controls these clusters and destroys the obstacles. Hence Sri Ganesh ji is called ‘Vighnaharta’, that is, the remover of obstacles.

2. Tithi associated with Sri Ganesh ji: Chaturthi
The tithi, that is, the date as per the Hindu lunar calendar on which the frequencies of Sri Ganesh ji Principle descended on Earth for the first time was chaturthi. Hence on chaturthi the vibrations of Sri Ganesh ji come on the Earth in higher proportion.

On the day of chaturthi of every month, the Ganesh Principle is hundred times more active on Earth than usual. The worship of Sri Ganesh ji performed on this day gives more benefit of Sri Ganesh Principle
In every month there are two chaturthis.
The Vinayaki chaturthi that falls in the bright fortnight of the month, that is, Shuklapaksha
The Sankashti chaturthi that falls in the dark fortnight of the month, that is, Krushnapaksha
The chaturthi that falls on a Tuesday is called ‘Angaraki chaturthi’.

3. Sri Ganeshopasana

Every person worships Sri Ganesh ji in various forms according to his faith. Many actions are included in the worship of Sri Ganesha ji. Some people utter the thousands Names of Sri Ganesh ji one by one and offer the fragrant grass, that is, Durva to Him along with each Name. This is called ‘durvachan’. There are two types of Sri Ganesh ji idols

A. Dakshinabhimukhi means the idol whose trunk is curved towards the right side. South means the right side. One who is able to face the south direction leading to the region of Lord Yama is powerful and One with an activated Surya nadi (Sun channel) is radiant. Thus in both senses, the Dakshinabhimukhi Ganapati is said to be ‘awakened’. The ritualistic worship of the Dakshinabhimukhi idol is performed by meticulously observing all the rules of the rituals.

B. Vam means the left side. Mostly the vamamukhi idols are used for worship. The trunk of the idol is curved towards the left side.

3.1 Daily worship of Sri Ganesh ji
Apply the sandalwood paste to Sri Ganesh ji with the ring finger.
Offer the hina scent.
Offer the Durva grass to Sri Ganesh ji.
Offer eight red flowers with the stems facing Sri Ganesh ji.
Offer two lit incense-sticks
Offer the Holy sacrament (naivedya) of Modak to Sri Ganesh ji.
Offer the arati to Sri Ganesh ji three times in a clock-wise direction.
Perform minimum eight circumambulations (parikrama) around Sri Ganesh ji. If this is not possible, perform three circumambulations by revolving around yourself.

3.2 Special substances used in the worship of Sri Ganesh ji
In the worship of Sri Ganesh, the Durva grass, the leaves of Shami and Mandar, objects of red or saffron colour like Raktachandan, red or saffron coloured cloth and flower are specially used.

In order to get more benefit of Sri Ganesh Principle, the use of incense sticks of sandalwood, kevada, jasmine and khas fragrance is beneficial

After the ritualistic worship, modaks are offered to Sri Ganesh ji as a Holy sacrament and kheer to the mouse, His vehicle. It is beneficial for a person to wear red or saffron clothes for obtaining Ganesh Principle.

Spiritual experience – Ganesh Principle being absorbed in higher proportion because of wearing of a red-coloured saree: On 2nd October 2006 after wearing a red-coloured saree with a zari border, I experienced that a spiral of Ganesh Principle was revolving around me. I became intensely conscious that due to wearing of a red-coloured saree, the Ganesh Principle was being absorbed in higher proportion. My devotion, spiritual emotion and Anand increased. This state lasted for four hours – Ms. Smita Joshi, Maharashtra.

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How should the Ganesh Pujan be done for gaining maximum benefit?

Contents
1. Performing ritualistic worship of Sri Ganeshji in the beginning of religious ritual
2. Why is the worship of Sri Ganeshji beneficial for all?
3. Righteous actions to be done during the period of Sri Gaṇesh festival
4. Spiritual experience obtained by doing ritualistic worship of Sri Gaṇesh as per the Family tradition
5. Benefits of worshipping Sri Gaṇeshji on Sri Gaṇesh Chaturthi
6. Sri Ganesh Chaturthi and shauchashaucha
7. Important worship of Sri Ganeshji as per the Time

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1. Performing ritualistic worship of Sri Ganeshji in the beginning of religious ritual

It is customary to begin every religious ritual with ritualistic worship of Sri Ganeshji. In this ritual a small mound of unbroken rice is kept instead of the idol of Sri Ganeshji and betel nut is kept on it. In the regions like the western coast, coconut is kept instead of the betel nut. Sri Ganeshji is invoked in the betel nut or the coconut. At that time following mantra is recited:

ॐ भूर्भुव: स्‍व: ऋद्घिबुद्घिसहितं सांगं सपरिवारं सायुधं सशक्‍तिकं महागणपतिम्‌ आवाहयामि ।

Meaning: O Sri Gaṇeshji, I invoke You to come along with the Deities of supernatural powers (Riddhi-Siddhi), Your entire family, all weapons, Energy and with all valour.

With the recitation of this mantra, Sri Gaṇeshji is invoked and His ritualistic worship is done with sixteen substances (Shodashopachar-pūja). Then prayer is offered to Sri Gaṇeshji:

वक्रतुण्‍ड महाकाय सूर्यकोटिसमप्रभ ।
निर्विघ्‍नं कुरु मे देव सर्वकार्येषु सर्वदा ।।

Meaning: O Lord, who has a crooked trunk, a huge body, who is endowed with the radiance of a million suns, may all my tasks be always free of obstacles.

The betel nut in which Sri Gaṇeshji was invoked is immersed after the completion of the ritual.

2. Why is the worship of Sri Ganeshji beneficial for all?

Sri Gaṇeshji is associated with the frequencies of Desire associated with the Absolute Earth (Pruthvi) and Ether (Apa) Elements. That is why ritualistic worship of Sri Gaṇesh is beneficial both for men and women. It helps in conserving the sattva-guṇa in the body and there is an enhancement in the thoughts about spiritual practice.

3. Righteous actions to be done during the period of Sri Gaṇesh festival

Make a rangoli daily in the courtyard and in front of the Sri Gaṇesh idol which attracts the Gaṇesh principle.

Do ritualistic worship of the Sri Gaṇesh idol everyday in the morning and evening.

After the ritualistic worship, offer arati to Sri Gaṇeshji with spiritual emotion along with all the family members.

1. After the ritualistic worship, offer arati to Sri Ganeshji with spiritual emotion along with all the family members.

2. Sing the arati in a melodious and soft voice.

3. Clap and play the cymbals gently for generation of sound (nad).

Instead of singing many aratis, sing selective aratis. But sing with the spiritual emotion that Sri Ganeshji is actually sitting in front of oneself. As far as possible do not speak to one another while offering arati. Pray together after arati. After praying, chant together for sometime.

In the evening after offering arati once again, sit with all the family members and chant ‘Om Gang Gaṇapataye Namaha’.

During the period of Sri Gaṇesh festival do maximum spiritual practice and absorb the Chaitanya present in the environment.

As compared to the superior Deities, the Ganesh frequencies remain active on Earth in a greater proportion. That is why the Ganesh frequencies convey the prayers of the Jivas residing on the Earth to the superior Deities. For a person to reach out to the superior Deities spiritual practice and high proportion of spiritual emotion is required.

4. Spiritual experience obtained by doing ritualistic worship of Sri Gaṇesh as per the Family tradition

By ritualistically worshipping the Sri Gaṇesh idol for one and half days as per the observance peculiar to family (Kuladharma) and the Family tradition (Kulachar), having the experience that the idol of Sri Gaṇeshji is in bliss too: As per the guidance of H.H. Dr. Athavale, a Saint of a high spiritual level, I started following the observances peculiar to our family (Kuladharma) and the family tradition (Kulachar). In our family, the idols of Sri Gaṇeshji and Gouri are immersed together on the seventh day. In 2006 we worshipped the Sri Gaṇesh idol only for one and a half days. At that time I experienced that the idol of Sri Gaṇeshji is in bliss too. – Mrs. Sandhya Dongre.

During the period of Gaṇesh festival, the Gaṇesh principle is active in a greater proportion. That is the reason why the devotees of Sri Gaṇeshji get various spiritual experiences. The spiritual experience of Sandhya Dongre is an example of this.

5. Benefits of worshipping Sri Gaṇeshji on Sri Gaṇesh Chaturthi

Worshipper’s physical and mental stress reduces.

The intellect of the worshipper sharpens

The intellect of the worshipper becomes steady and the subconscious mind calm.

The raja-tama in the worshipper is destroyed.

If the worshipper suffers from the distress of negative energies, it is eliminated.

The vital energy of the worshipper increases and there is increase in his work efficiency also.

The Adnya-chakra of the worshipper is activated.

The subtle body of the worshipper is purified.

The worshipper can get spiritual experience of Divine touch.

So the ritualistic worship of Sri Ganeshji, chanting His Name etc. should be done with spiritual emotion on Sri Ganesh Chaturthi. Vrat of Sri Ganesh Chaturthi is also advised during the period of Sri Ganesh festival.

6. Sri Ganesh Chaturthi and shauchashaucha

If a woman among the family delivers a baby and there is ashaucha associated with a birth or the ashaucha associated with someone’s death during the period of Sri Ganesh Chaturthi, the religious rites like ritualistic worship etc. should be done through a vrat-representative. The vrat-representative could be any one – sister, disciple, priest or a companion. By doing this, the vrat will not break.

7. Important worship of Sri Ganeshji as per the Time

Various religious actions to be performed during Sri Ganesh festival and the benefits available from them:

Action Benefit
(Percentage)
1. Ritualistic worship of Sri Ganesh 20
2. Observing conduct for imbibing
the Gaṇesh Principle
20
3. Chanting the Name of Sri Gaṇesh 30
4. Preventing the denigration of the
image of Sri Ganesh
30
Total 100

From the above table one can understand that one gets 30% benefit from the act of preventing the denigration of Sri Ganeshji. Here a question can arise in our mind, who will denigrate Sri Ganeshji during the period of Sri Ganesh festival? However, it is a matter of regret that such incidents are taking place regularly.

The Deities are disrespected in various ways. They are insulted through the mediums of lectures, books, plays etc. The Deities are used as a model for the advertisements of commercial products. All these denigrating incidents happen in respect to Sri Ganeshji in higher proportion. For example:

In one instance, Ganeshji has been created using various parts of a computer.

In a Marathi play ‘Ganapati Bappa Moraya’, many jokes have been cracked on Ganeshji.

In a fashion show, there is a picture of Ganeshji on the dress of a model.

An example of a weird kind of denigration of Sri Ganeshji: In one state, an idol of Sri Ganeshji is placed in front of the house of those who do not worship Him on Sri Ganesh Chaturthi day. This is inappropriate as one who does not have any reverence for the Deity will not worship the Deity and it will remain unattended.

Due to ignorance about religious scriptures, during Sri Ganesh festival the idols of Sri Ganeshji are made mostly in weird forms, shapes and using raja-tama objects. Will we attain the grace of Sri Ganeshji by doing so? In such circumstances, preventing the denigrations becomes an important worship as per the Time.

Faith is the very foundation of the worship of Deities. The denigration of Deities affects faith. Hence denigrating the Deities in this manner is harm to Dharma. Prevention of the harm to Dharma is itself abiding by Righteousness, that is, Dharmapalan as per the Time. Hence, Ganesh devotees should be alert to the disrespect of Sri Ganeshji, should educate the society on this and try to prevent the harm to Dharma. The Hindu Janajagruti Samiti has launched a campaign to prevent the denigration of Deities. Everyone can participate in the Samiti’s campaign.

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.

Sri Ganeshji Visarjan-Ananta Chaturdashi

Contents
1. The immersion of idol of Sri Ganeshji and its underlying spiritual science
1.1 Why ‘donating the idol’ is unscientific?
2. Science underlying immersion of Sri Ganesh idol in flowing water
2.1 Methods of ‘immersion of idols’ in emergency situations
2.2 Proportion of active components in the idol of Sri Ganeshji at the time of immersion in flowing water
3. The effects of breakage of an idol and its remedy

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1. The immersion of idol of Sri Ganeshji and its underlying spiritual science

As per the science, the Divinity generated in the idol consecrated on the day of Sri Ganesh Chaturthi lasts only for a day. That is why the idol should be immersed in water that very day or the next day, after performing ritualistic worship.

Before immersing Sri Ganesh idol the concluding ritualistic worship (uttarpuja) is performed. After performing this ritualistic worship, the idol is shifted slightly from its place. Uttarpuja means bidding farewell to Sri Ganeshji with due reverence.

When taking the Sri Ganesh idol for immersion, one should also offer curd, puffed rice, coconut, sweet delicacy (Modak) etc. as provisions for the journey.

As far as possible all the members of the family should go for the immersion of the Sri Ganesh idol.

When taking the Sri Ganesh idol for immersion, the back of the idol should face the person carrying the idol.

One should go to an ocean, a river, reservoir of water or a well for immersing the idol.

Arati should be offered to Sri Ganeshji.

After the arati, the idol should be immersed in flowing water together with the provisions.

Spritual experience in context to the provisions during the immersion of the idol of Sri Ganeshji: While going for the immersion of the Sri Ganesh idol, the rickshaw not starting, then realising about forgetting the provisions for the journey at home and the rickshaw starting immediately after bringing the provisions: In 2007, at 5 p.m. we left the house for going for the immersion of the Sri Ganesh idol in a rickshaw. But the rickshaw would not start. We made all efforts to start it, but it would not budge. It was then that my sister realised that we had forgotten to bring along the provisions for the journey made for Sri Ganeshji. She asked her husband to get the provisions. The rickshaw started immediately upon bringing them and we were able to go for the immersion of the idol. Sri Ganeshji Himself took care that our seva does not remain incomplete. The moment I realised this I expressed gratitude. – Mrs. Gouri Afle, Sanatan Ashram, Panvel, Maharashtra

Through the above spiritual experience, one can realise the importance of the provisions for the journey offered to Sri Ganeshji. The importance of performing the observances peculiar to the Family tradition (Kulachar) as per the science is evident here.
Spiritual experience of immersing the idol of Sri Ganeshji with spiritual emotion: Perceiving bliss (Anand) on the faces of the people participating in the procession for immersion of the Sri Ganesh idol while doing collective chanting, hailing the idol and uttering slogans: This year we decided to have an ideal procession while taking the Sri Ganesh idol for immersion. Accordingly we were proceeding with the procession collectively chanting the Name of Sri Ganeshji on the way. Sometimes we would also hail the Name of Sri Ganeshji or utter slogans. At the time bliss was perceived on the faces of the people participating in the procession. Due to chanting, the idols of Gouri and Sri Ganeshji were immersed in water amidst an atmosphere filled with spiritual emotion. Thereafter, we enquired with the elderly people of the village about the procession. They said that an ideal procession should be like this only. – Mrs. Namrata Divekar, Maharashta

The decision of Mrs. Namrata to conduct an ideal procession and conforming to the same is inspiring for everyone.
1.1 Why ‘donating the idol’ is unscientific?

Nowadays many organisations make appeals to donate the idols of Sri Ganeshji putting forth reasons like water pollution, drought etc. These organisations take the idols as donation and later throw them in the stone mines. Is it appropriate to throw the idol of the Deity worshipped so ardently in such a way?

The various reasons why ‘donating the idol’ is unscientific:

The immersion of Sri Ganesh idol consecrated on Sri Ganesh Chaturthi in the month of Bhadrapad is an observance or ritual prescribed by the Scriptures.

Man does not have the capacity to give or take the Omniscient, Omnipotent and Omnipresent Deities as a donation. Therefore giving and taking the idols of Deities as donation amounts to denigration of the Deities.

The idol of Sri Ganeshji is not a toy or a piece of decoration which can be donated to another after usage.

Hence, one should not denigrate the seats of our reverence with our own hands and educate others too. This simple act will contribute to the mission of Dharma.


2. Science underlying immersion of Sri Ganesh idol in flowing water

Due to the ritualistic worship, the idol of Sri Ganeshji is charged with the Ganesh Principle. By immersing the idol in flowing water the Ganesh Principle in the idol also flows and spreads far and wide. With the evaporation of the water charged with the Ganesh Principle, the entire environment also becomes sattvik. In some places, the reservoirs do not have enough water for immersion of the Ganesh idol. At other places the source of water is not appropriate.
2.1 Methods of ‘immersion of idols’ in emergency situations

1. Symbolic worship of a betel nut: In emergency situations, instead of an idol, use a betel nut and worship it in the form of a symbol of Sri Ganeshji. Immerse the betel nut in a small well or a spring.

2. Bringing a new metal idol and worshipping it: Where there is paucity of water, consecrate a new metal idol for Ganesh Chaturthi. There is no need to immerse such idol in flowing water. At the time of immersion, place a few unbroken rice grains on the hand of Ganapati and move the idol slightly from the place. Thereafter keep the idol at some sacred place in the house. Next year the same idol can be consecrated and worshipped.

The reason underlying why the metal idol need not be immersed in flowing water: By consecrating a new metal idol and worshipping it, the Ganesh Principle infuses in the idol. For immersion purpose when the idol is shaken slightly, this Principle is expelled. It is not necessary to worship such idol daily. Next year the idol can be re-consecrated and worshipped.
2.2 Proportion of active components in the idol of Sri Ganeshji at the time of immersion in flowing water

By immersing Sri Ganesh idol, a person gets 4% each of the Absolute Earth Principle and Absolute Water Principle and 2% of the Absolute Air Principle. By the ritualistic immersion of the idol, the Chaitanya and the vibrations of Ganesh Principle are emitted in higher proportion.

Spiritual benefits from the various sevas from the creation of the idol to its immersion in flowing water as mentioned by H.H. Parulekar Maharaj ji, a Saint from Sindhudurga district, Maharashtra:Seva Proportion
of benefit

Seva Proportion
of benefit
(Percentage)
1. Creation of idol
A. Bringing clay and kneading it 10
B. Giving shape to the clay 25
C. Painting the idol 5
D. Showing the eyes of the
idol open
15
2. Bringing the idol home and taking
it to the place of immersion
11
3. Ritualistic worship, devotional
songs and arati
8
4. Preparing food and offering
Holy sacrament
21
5. Lighting of incense and a lamp
and keeping the lamp burning
uninterrupted
5
Total 100

By sculpting an idol with the bhav of seva, the benefit obtained by the idol-maker is maximum, that is, 55%.In comparison with the ritualistic worship, devotional songs and arati, the body and mind is fully surrendered at God’s Holy feet in making the idol, cooking food for offering as a Holy sacrament (naivedya) and actually offering the Holy sacrament. One gets more benefit from this.

One gets more benefits when the actions like bringing the idol home and immersing it in flowing water are performed by oneself considering them as seva.
3. The effects of breakage of an idol and its remedy

Events of ill-omen like a lamp being extinguished, breaking of the grinding stone, flowering of the cress tree, damage to an idol etc., are indicative of impending financial loss, serious illness or an untimely death in the family.

Remedy after breakage of an idol: The Scriptures have laid down some remedies. They depend on when the breakage of the idol takes place.

If the idol is broken before its consecration, a new idol should be brought and worshipped.

If the idol is broken after the concluding worship after showering it with akshat, it should be immersed in flowing water in the regular way.

If the idol is broken after consecration, akshat should be showered on the idol and it should be immersed in flowing water.

If this happens on the day of Sri Ganesh Chaturthi, another idol should be worshipped.

If this happens on the second or third day, there is no need for a new idol.

If the idol is completely damaged, one should perform the ‘Adbhut darshan shanti’, a ritual for peace in the family, as per the advice of the family priest and one’s convenience.

Ganesh Chaturthi Vrat

Vrat of Sri Ganesh Chaturthi

1. Authority to perform the vrat of Sri Ganesh Chaturthi

2. Importance of Sri Ganesh Chaturthi vrat

3. Reason for a new idol for worship on Sri Ganesh Chaturthi

4. Appropriate idol for worship on the day of Sri Ganesh Chaturthi

5. Decoration for Ganesh festival

6. Method of bringing home the idol of Sri Ganesh ji.

7. The science underlying placing the idol of Sri Ganeshji on unbroken rice grains

8. What should be the duration of ritualistic worship as per scriptures?

9. Ritual of the worship of the idol of Sri Ganesh

10. Importance of Modak in the ritualistic worship of Sri Ganeshji

11. Recitation of Sri Ganesh Atharvashirsha

12. The importance of chanting the Name of Sri Ganeshji during the period of Sri Ganesh Chaturthi

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Vrat of Sri Ganesh Chaturthi

Sri Ganeshji is the bestower of intellect. Among the seven Kundalini chakras in the human body, the seat of Sri Ganeshji is in the Muladhar chakra. Sri Ganeshji is the bestower of happiness. He has the ability to destroy the negative energies in the Universe. Hence, He is also called the Destroyer of Distress (‘Dukhahaharta’). All the doubts are destroyed by His grace. With His grace, a person’s intellect becomes stable and the mind calm.

Many devotees perform the vrat of the benevolent Sri Ganeshji with the spiritual emotion of faith. The vrat that is performed on Sri Ganesh Chaturthi is also called Siddhivinayak vrat.

1. Authority to perform the vrat of Sri Ganesh Chaturthi

The vrat of Sri Ganesh Chaturthi should be performed by all the members of the family. If the finances and kitchens of family members are separate for some reason, Sri Ganesh Chaturthi vrat should be performed independently in the separate houses.

2. Importance of Sri Ganesh Chaturthi vrat

The tama-predominant Yam frequencies descend on Earth in higher proportion from the full moon day of the month of Ashadh to the full moon day of Kartik. Due to these frequencies the Jivas suffer physical, mental and spiritual distress.

A. Physical distress due to Yam frequencies

  • Illnesses associated with stomach
  • Body temperature remaining unstable
  • Increase in defects of the constitution like Kaph etc.

B. Mental distress due to Yam frequencies

  • Increase in laziness
  • Mind getting restless
  • Experiencing lethargy etc.

C. Spiritual distress due to Yam frequencies

  • Increasing attacks by negative energies
  • Creation of black covering on mind and intellect etc.

During the period from Bhadrapad Shukl ChaturthiAnant Chaturdashi to , the frequencies of Sri Ganesh Principle descend on Earth in higher proportion. This helps reduce the severity of the Yam frequencies. On the one and half day of Sri Ganesh Chaturthi in the month of Bhadrapad, the Ganesh Principle descending on Earth is one thousand times more than other days. The worship of Sri Ganesh during this period gives highest benefit of Sri Ganesh Principle.

3. Reason for a new idol for worship on Sri Ganesh Chaturthi

There are two main reasons for bringing a new idol on the day of Sri Ganesh Chaturthi and later immersing it in flowing water.

  • It not being possible to worship with meticulous rituals the idol which is charged with high proportion of frequencies of Sri Ganesh Principle. By invoking the idol of Sri Ganeshji kept in the house temple, lot of spiritual energy is generated in the idol. It is not possible for all to do ritualistic worship meticulously of the idol which is charged with the frequencies of Sri Ganesh Principle with enthusiasm and Ganesh throughout the year.
  • An average person not being able to tolerate the frequencies of the Principle of Sri Ganesh for an extended period.
  • The percentage of sattva, raja and tama guna in the vibrations of Sri Ganeshji’s Principle is 5:5:5 whereas the percentage of sattva, raja and tama in an average person is 1:3:5. For this reason it is not possible for an average person to tolerate the frequencies of the Principle of Sri Ganeshji.

4. Appropriate idol for worship on the day of Sri Ganesh Chaturthi

When Sri Ganesh festival is approaching, various types of idols are seen in the market. However it is a matter of regret that most of the idols are made in an unscientific manner by the artists according to their own imaginations. Such idols do not bring much spiritual benefit to the worshiper. Hence, it is necessary to remember a few points while selecting an idol:

  • The idol should be made of soft clay.
  • It should be hand-made instead of from a mould.
  • The form and size of the idol should be as per the science of idols.
  • The idol should be sitting on a wooden seat.

5. Decoration for Ganesh festival

Today in the decoration for Ganesh festival, glittering papers, thermocol, plastic and strings of electric bulbs are used. The raja-tama dominant and distressing frequencies in the atmosphere are attracted towards such objects.

From a spiritual viewpoint the Deity Principle is attracted in higher proportion towards a specific colour, fragrance, form etc. Such objects have the ability to store and emit the frequencies attracted by them. It is beneficial to use sattvik objects for attracting the Ganesh Principle. For example

  • Festoons made from natural flowers and leaves
  • Red-coloured flowers, Durva and leaves of Shami and Madar
  • The rangoli which attracts the frequencies of Sri Ganesh Principle
  • The sattvik chant-strips of Sri Ganeshji.

Rangoli for Sri Ganesh

1.6 Method of bringing home the idol of Sri Ganeshji

  • The idol of Sri Ganeshji should be brought home one day in advance or in the morning of the day of Ganesh Chaturthi.
  • The other members of the family should also accompany the head of the house for bringing home the idol.
  • Necessary preparations with regard to the idol should be made before actually bringing it home.
  • While bringing the idol it is necessary for the person bringing the idol to wear a cap.
  • While bringing the idol of Sri Ganeshji it is placed on a wooden seat.
  • The idol is covered with a clean silk or cotton cloth.
  • While bringing the idol in the house the face of the idol should be towards the person who carries it.
  • While bringing the idol hail Sri Ganeshji on the way.
  • On reaching the door of the house, the face of the idol should be turned towards the house.
  • After this a married woman of the house should pour some water on the feet of the person carrying the idol.
  • Then she should pour some milk.
  • A lit lamp is then waved in front of the idol.
  • Thereafter one enters the house.
  • Before keeping the idol in the place of worship, some unbroken rice grains are kept on the place and the idol is then placed on it.

When the idol of Sri Ganeshji is worshipped, if stotras are recited and chanting is done with spiritual emotion, we get the benefit of the Principle of Sri Ganeshji.

7. The science underlying placing the idol of Sri Ganeshji on unbroken rice grains

When a Deity is invoked according to science and worshipped, the Principle of the Deity is attracted in the Deity’s idol. The idol is charged with this Deity’s Principle. This Principle of the Deity is stored in the idol and emitted in the surrounding atmosphere. As the idol is charged, the rice grains kept below the idol also get charged with the Deity’s Principle.

As the Deity’s vibrations are created in the rice kept below the idol, the vibrations of the Deity are also created in the rice stored in the house. After the concluding worship, these rice grains are mixed in the rice stored in the house. By keeping the idol of Sri Ganeshji on the rice, the devotees get the benefit of Ganesh Principle throughout the year in the form of Holy sacrament (prasad).

8. What should be the duration of ritualistic worship as per scriptures?

As per the scriptures, an idol of Sri Ganeshji should be made from mud on the fourth day (chaturthi) of the bright fortnight of the Hindu lunar month of Bhadrapad. It should be placed on the left palm and consecrated with the Name Siddhivinayak. It should be ritualistically worshipped and immersed immediately thereafter.

Many people immerse the idol of Sri Ganesh along with Jyeshthagouri. According to one’s family tradition (kulachar), the Ganesh idol is worshipped for one and a half, five, seven or ten days. The Ganesh idol is immersed on the second, fifth, seventh or tenth day.

9. Ritual of the worship of the idol of Sri Ganesh

On the day of Sri Ganesh Chaturthi a new idol of Sri Ganesh is brought. Worship of the Sri Ganesh idol begins in the morning.

  • In the worship of the Sri Ganesh idol, first sipping of water from the palm (achaman), uttering the desh-kal and resolve (sankalp) are done.
  • Thereafter Sri Mahaganapati is invoked in a coconut or betel nut and worshipped.
  • Then the instruments of worship namely conch, bell, lamp etc. are worshipped and the idol of Sri Ganesh brought on the day of Sri Ganesh Chaturthi is consecrated (pranpratishtha).

Consecration of Sri Ganesh idol (pranpratishtha): One’s right hand is placed over the heart of the Sri Ganesh idol and mantra is recited. Consecration of an idol is done on Sri Ganesh Chaturthi or to activate any new idol. Through consecration the idol acquires Divinity. – After consecration the Sri Ganesh idol is worshipped with sixteen substances (Shodashopachar-puja).

In Shodashopachar-pujan water is sprinkled on the idol’s feet (padya), sandalwood mixed water is sprinkled on the idol (arghya) and then it is bathed with five nectars (a mixture of milk, honey, curd, clarified butter (ghee) and sugar) (panchamrutsnan). The idol is consecrated by sprinkling with water (abhishek) with flower or sacred grass (durva).

  • Cotton cloth is offered to Sri Ganeshji.
  • Sacred thread (yadnyopavit) is then offered.
  • Sandalwood paste is offered to Sri Ganeshji
  • Turmeric paste is offered to Sri Ganeshji
  • Vermilion (kumkum) is offered.
  • Unbroken rice (akshat) is then offered.
  • Garland of flowers is offered to Sri Ganeshji as per availability
  • Flowers are offered at the feet of the idol of Sri Ganeshji
  • Then unbroken rice or flowers are offered to each body part of the idol of Sri Ganesh from His head to feet accompanied by recitation of mantras.
  • Leaves of the Shami tree are offered.
  • Sacred grass (Durva) is offered to Sri Ganeshji. On the day of Sri Ganesh Chaturthi the Basil plant (Tulasi) acquires the ability to attract Sri Ganesh pavitraks or the subtle most part of Divine consciousness. Hence, Tulasi is offered along with leaves of the Shami tree and Durva to Sri Ganeshji on this day. Leaves of Bel, Badari (Bor), Datura (Dhotarâ), Madar etc. are offered.
  • Two lit incense sticks are waved followed by worship with a lit lamp.
  • Naivedya of Modak is offered and arati is waved. One should then pay obeisance and pray to Sri Ganeshji. After this at least eight parikramas of Sri Ganeshji is performed. At the end flowers are offered with mantras (Mantrapushpanjali) with spiritual emotion and obeisance paid to Sri Ganeshji to conclude the ritualistic worship.

10. Importance of Modak in the ritualistic worship of Sri Ganeshji

  • Supreme God Principle (Parmeshwariya-tattva), high level God’s Chaitanya and a flow of Ganesh principle is attracted in the Modak. Their spiral is generated and it keeps moving in an activated form.
  • A spiral of Nirgun principle is generated in the Modak and it keeps moving in an activated form. Particles of vital energy in the form of Chaitanya spread in the void of the Modak.
  • A flow of bliss (Anand) fills in the Modak through its tip.A. A spiral of this Anand keeps moving in the circular void of the Modak in an activated form.B. Flows of Anand are emitted into the environment through this spiral.C. Particles of Chaitanya in the form of Anand spread in the environment.

The proportion of sattva-guna is more in the steamed Modak while the proportion of raja-guna is more in the fried Modak.

Spiritual experience: A Modak being kept by a child seeker on the hand of Sri Ganeshji and teeth marks being seen on it the next day: In 2007, on Sri Ganesh Chaturthi, after offering naivedya of twenty one Modaks to Sri Ganeshji, a seeker’s son, Kaivalya was saying something. Due to the hastiness and noise nobody could understand what he was saying. His mother picked him up. He took a Modak from the naivedya and kept it on the hand of Sri Ganeshji. The idol of Ganeshji did not have Modak on His hands. The next day Kaivalya’s mother saw teeth marks on that Modak, as though Sri Ganeshji had consumed the Modak.

1.11 Recitation of Sri Ganesh Atharvashirsha

During the period of Sri Ganesh Chaturthi, some people recite the Sri Ganesh Atharvashirsha specific number of times. A protective sheath is created around the person reciting the Sri Ganesh Atharvashirsha from the heart and he is protected from the distress of negative energies.

1.12 The importance of chanting the Name of Sri Ganeshji during the period of Sri Ganesh Chaturthi

The Sri Ganesh principle is a thousand times more active during the period of Sri Ganesh Chaturthi. On this day the Shiva principle is also active. To benefit completely from these active principles, one should chant ‘Om Gang Ganpataye Namaha’ maximally during this period.

The prayer to be offered during the period of Sri Ganesh Chaturthi: O Sri Ganesh Deity, I am commencing the chanting of Your Name. You only get the chanting done through me with spiritual emotion, as is expected by You. Bestow upon me the capacity to absorb Your Chaitanya. Through this Chaitanya let a protective sheath be created all around me. You only give me the Energy (Shakti) for righteous conduct. I offer this prayer at Your Holy Feet.

Try to envisage the picture of Sri Ganeshji while praying. Consequently the prayer occurs with concentration. The chanting will definitely occur with spiritual emotion.