Importance of Ganesha | Vinayaka Mahatmyam

Sankashti Ganesh

Sankashti Ganesh

Lord Vinayaka is the first god in the Hindu tradition. Every Hindu worship Lord Vinayaka as the obstacle remover and people will worship him daily before doing their daily routines.

Lord Vinayaka is the symbol of Wisdom and Faith. He is regarded as the god of gods. Lord Ganesh Temple is situated in almost all parts of India. Even under a tree, he will be available. He cannot be ignored when we start a new venture or any other new engagement.

My mother Mrs R Saraswathi has written Sri Vinayaka Puranam along with Muruga Puranam (Two Parts) for Prema Presuram, Rangarajapuram, Kodambakkam, Chennai during 1960’s. Still now that books are available in all leading book shops. Several times she has been safeguarded by Lord Ganesha from various accidents and ill health.

Vinayaka Chaturthi is celebrated in all parts of India with much joy and interest. Idols of vinayaka will be found all over the streets on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi.

It is mentioned in our Puranas, that even divine gods worship lord vinayaga before doing any new activity. Such a kind of importance is given for Lord Ganapathi. Since he emerged from Goddess Parvathi, he contains the Shakti element. That is, protecting and safeguarding the people and removing the evil elements in their life.

Almost in all Shiva and Vishnu temples, Lord vinayaga’s idol will be there. Abhishekam and Archanai will be done with much speciality. He is also called as Aingaran, five hands including his thumbikai. Aingarathane, Anaimugane is the most popular song of Lord Vinayaka which will be sung during Vinayaka Chathurthi in temples of Tamil Nadu.

Lord Vinayaka’s statue will be there is almost all Hindu temples. In some Raghavendra Mutts and Sai Baba Temple also, in the entrance, Lord Vinayaka Idol will be there. People can perform pooja to Lord Ganapathi without much strain. By offering Arukampul itself while performing archanai, he will be satisfied and will fulfill our needs and wants.

If we worship him with pure bhakti, he will be readily available to come to our house and will partake with our neiveidiyams and bless us.

Lord Ganesha’s history is described in many Puranas. He was blessed and got various boons and also got the first god position from the divine gods.

He is the elder brother of Lord Muruga, and described as a playful boy during his childhood, similar to that of Lord Krishna. He is very fond of Modagams. It is advisable to prepare Modagams during every Sankatahara chathurthi (which comes once in a month) and to offer to Lord Ganapathi as Naiveidiyam along with various flowers and Arukampul. If we face any problem and call him, instantly he will be available and clear our problems. His vahana is Mushika.

In Hindu trinity, he is praised by various sages as remover of obstacles, bring luck to people, fulfillment of needs and wishes of people and finally giving salvation.

He is praised with various slokams. Women sage and poet Avvaiyar has written songs on him. Hence it is advisable for each and every person to worship Lord Ganapathy, before doing any work and also before worshiping any other god.

Famous Vinayaka temples are situated in Chittoor District- Kanipakam Vinayaka temple and also in Mumbai – Ganeshji Temple and Karnataka – Idagunji Vinayaka Devaru, Trichy – Malaikottai Temple. Almost in all temples, free food is being offered as prasadam for about 100 to 200 devotees.

Ganapathi puja is the main puja performed by the Hindus in their daily life. Mostly Ganapathy Puja would be performed in the temples and in the homes of the devotees during the monthly Chaturthi and the annual Vinayaka Chathurthi festival days. Lord Ganapathy is mentioned in various Puranas, and he is the remover of our obstacles. He must be worshipped sincerely in order to get better fortunes in our life. By chanting the divine names of Ganapathy and by reading his various slokas would help us to move our life smoothly and without any difficulty.

Lord Ganapathy must not be avoided in our daily life. We must have to consider him as the main god, and must offer our sincere prayers and offer him with various fruits, Arukampul, flowers, Sundal Prasad along with his favourite Mothakams. Once we become his devotees, we can be safe in our life, and there is no need to afraid of anything in our life.

Vinayaka Chathurthi is a famous festival, which is celebrated throughout India. Various idols of Lord Ganapathy would be sold in the road side shops, and we can choose our own Ganapathy idols. We can decorate him with flowers and can offer him a grand feast consisting of vegetarian food items, along with his favourite Mothakams, and perform the puja to him with much enjoyment.

Lord Ganapathy is a form of Mata Parvati only. By worshipping him, we can get the blessings of Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati also. If we sincerely worship him, we can get his divine grace throughout our life time and he would always be present with us, and bless us.

We must read spiritual books and books related with Lord Vinayaka like Vinayaka Puranam, and must keep him always in our memory, and never forget him even for a moment, in order to reach the Ganesha Loka after our death.

Let us worship Lord Vinayaka and be blessed.

“OM SRI VINAYAKA PERUMANE NAMAHA”
WRITTEN BY
R.HARISHANKAR

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