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Sankashti Chaturthi: Here is Why it is celebrated in Hinduism to honor Lord Ganesha!

During the fasting, when devotees sing songs of the Lord and the stories are narrated, a spiritual and psychological impact on the devotees is created and helps in building discipline, confidence and a feeling of harmony

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Lord Ganesha, popularly known as Ganpati Bappa is a prominent god in Hindu mythology. Sankashti Chaturthi is celebrated to honour Hindu Lord Ganesha. Wikimedia
  • Sankashti Chaturthi is celebrated on the fourth day of Krishan Paksha of every lunar month
  • It is a day dedicated to Lord Ganesha, the deity of knowledge and good fortune
  • As per Indian traditions,  Sankashti Chaturthi or “Sankat Hara Chaturthi” is observed on the fourth day of Krishan Paksha

June 13, 2017:

Lord Ganesha, popularly known as Ganpati Bappa is a prominent god in Hindu mythology. Every ritual in Hinduism begins with his pooja. He is worded as “Vighnaharta”, the one who will end all the obstacles in the ceremony. He is the god of good beginnings and prosperity. He is the giver of riddhi (success and good fortune) and siddhi (Knowledge and intelligence).

As per Indian traditions,  Sankashti Chaturthi or “Sankat Hara Chaturthi” is observed on fourth day of Krishan Paksha (dark lunar phase or the waning phase) of every lunar month. It is a day dedicated to Lord Ganesha and it is celebrated with great fervor in the honor of the deity. If the Sankashti Chaturthi falls on Tuesday then it is considered more auspicious and it is termed as Angaraki Chaturthi (angarak in Sanskrit means red like burning coal ambers and refers to the planet Mars, on whom Tuesday is named after). Therefore, it is celebrated on different dates of every month of a year.

Here is how the day is celebrated all across the nation and even overseas:

    • Devotees observe a strict fast on this day in the honor of Lord Ganesha.
    • The Sankashti Chaturthi pooja is done in the evening after seeing the moon. Lord Ganesha’s statue is decorated with flowers and durva grass as per Indian traditions.
    • Devotees chant vedic mantras and the vrat katha dedicated to lord Ganesha. There are total 13 vrat kathas, one for each month and the 13th story is for ‘adhika’ (The Hindu calendar has one extra month every 4 years).These stories are unique in the sense that the story pertaining to that month alone has to be recited.
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  • During each month, Lord Ganesha is worshiped with a different name and peeta (seat).
  • The fast is broken by worshipping the god succeeded by sighting of the moon. Ganapati Atharvasheersha is recited before the moonlight to invoke the blessings of Lord Ganesha.
  • On this sacred day, Lord moon or Bhagwan Chandra is also worshipped. The rituals involve sprinkling water, chandan (sandalwood) paste, rice and fresh flowers in the direction of Moon or Chandra God.

It is believed that Lord Ganesha fulfills the wishes of those who worship him on this sacred day.

The concept of fasting on a particular day every month has certain physiological reasons too.It helps to detoxify the body like every other fast. During the fasting, when devotees sing songs of the Lord and the stories are narrated, a spiritual and psychological impact on the devotees is created and helps in building discipline, confidence and a feeling of harmony.

– by Nikita Tayal of NewsGram. Twitter: @NikitaTayal6 

 

 

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Lord Ganesha Puja: Vaastu Tips to Invite Peace and Prosperity this Diwali!

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Lord Ganesha Portrait. Pixabay

-by Sidhdheshwar Sharma

New Delhi, October 19: The Idol of God must be placed in the right place and direction.  One must follow the Vaastu Tips or principles to offer prayer to Lord Ganesha On Diwali.

To get the blessings of Lord Ganesha follow these Vastu Tips to place Lord Ganesha Idol in the right place & direction:

Which Ganesha Idol Is Good For: ‘Bring A White Ganesha To Home‘ 
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White crystal idol of Lord Ganesha. Pixabay

It is believed that one can attract prosperity, wealth, and happiness by keeping an idol of White Ganesha at home. If you can’t place an idol, even a picture of Ganesha can do wonders for you. Make sure, however, that the Lord Ganesha’s back faces the outside of the house.

Never Place Ganesha Idol in South Direction
Ganesha at home
Lord Ganesha idol. Pixabay

It is imperative that you do not put Ganesha in the south direction. Also, keep in mind that Lord Ganesha is nowhere near a bathroom or washroom or adjacent to a bathroom. Do not make such mistakes.

Direction to Place Ganesha-Lakshmi Idols

If there is the best direction to place Lord Ganesha, it is the north-east corner of the house. Other directions where you can place Ganesha idol at home is west or east directions of the house. If a north-east direction isn’t feasible for you, try to place the idol in a manner that you face east or north while offering prayers.

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Where To Place Ganesha Idol In Bedroom

It is generally advised to not keep idols of gods in the bedroom. If you really have to, then place it in the north-east direction and your feet shouldn’t face the idol.

Types of Ganesha Idols

To get rid of sorrow and bring in good vibes, Vaastu experts advise buying Ganesha made out of cow dung. Idols made up of neem trees, peepal, mango attract positive energy and luck. You can also consider turmeric idols as well.

 Offering to Lord Ganesha
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Devotees Offer Prayer to Lord Ganesha. Pixabay

Place the Lord on a hosted platform and offer a small bowl of rice to get blessings of Ganesha.

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‘You Never Lamb Alone’: Indian Christians Raise Objections to Ad Campaign by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) Featuring Gods to Sell Meat

The advertisements feature Lord Ganesha, revered in India, Lord Buddha, Jesus Christ, Thor, Zeus and others seated at a table enjoying what is a sumptuous non-vegetarian feast

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Unite Over The Meat More People Can Eat | You Never Lamb Alone advertisement by MLA. Youtube

Mumbai, Sep 12, 2017: The Catholic Secular Forum (CSF) on Monday raised strong objections to a new Australian advertising campaign featuring revered Hindu and Christians gods and other mythical figures to ‘sell’ its red meat and meat products.

CSF Founder-General Secretary Joseph Dias said the latest advertising campaign by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) is “bad in taste and offensive to all” and sought boycott of MLA and a ban of their products.

The advertisements feature the elephant-headed God, Lord Ganesha, revered in India, Lord Buddha, Jesus Christ, Thor, Zeus and others seated at a table enjoying what is a sumptuous non-vegetarian feast.

The ads have reportedly made an oblique reference to Prophet Mohammed, who is not pictured but is heard excusing himself from the party through a mobile phone call since he has to pick-up a child from daycare.

What has hurt Christians is that the caricature of Jesus Christ who performs what is termed as a ‘reverse miracle’ by turning wine into water so a Grecian goddess, who is a ‘designated driver’ can drive home safely, Dias said.

“We have written to Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj to take note of these ‘insensitive advertisements’ and raise the issue with the top authorities in Australia immediately. We also demand that MLA Chairman Michele Allan and MD Richard Norton withdraw the ads and tender an apology,” Dias told IANS.

Besides writing to Sushma Swaraj, the CSF has shot off emails to Australian Deputy High Commissioner in Mumbai Martin Huber, Indian High Commissioner to Australia Harinder Sidhu and other top officials raising serious objections to the MLA campaign.

“The CSF has always protested against commercial exploitation of religious figures for profit, irrespective of which religion the figures belong to. The MLA ads have hurt not only followers of different faiths, but atheists and agnostics all over,” Dias pointed out.

He termed the campaign as ‘culturally insensitive’ to vegans and communities like Hindus, Jains or Buddhists and said Lord Ganesha is a vegetarian and meat is never offered to him, as depicted in the MLA ads.

Dias warned that unless MLA yanks off the offensive ad campaign and apologises, the global Catholic community would be compelled to boycott its products as “there are many alternatives available worldwide”. (IANS)

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This Ancient Lord Ganesha Temple in Rajasthan Collects 1000 Letters Everyday by Devotees

The Trinity Ganesha's temple is the only temple to house Ganesha’s family

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Idol of Lord Ganesha. Wikimedia
  • This famous temple is located in Ranthambore Fort and is known as the Trinity Ganesha Temple
  • In this temple, the postman delivers about a 1000 letters every day
  • The priest presents all the hand written letters to Lord Ganesha

Rajasthan, August 31, 2017: In today’s era of electronic messaging and social media connectivity, scribbled letters have turned almost superfluous. However, such is not the case in this distinguished Lord Ganesha’s temple.

In this temple, the postman delivers about a 1000 letters every day. The address of the temple reads: Trinetra Ganesha Temple, Sawai Madhopur, Ranthambore, Rajasthan, 322021

This popular temple is located in Ranthambore Fort and is known as the Trinity Ganesha Temple. The priest presents all the hand written letters to Lord Ganesha.

It is believed that Lord Ganesha, popularly known was “Vighnaharta” (remover of hurdles) eliminates all the problems of the worshippers and fulfills their desires written in the letters. These letters are then recited by the clerics of the temple.

Marriage invitations are posted 15 days prior so that it can be offered to the deity in time.

One night, King Hammir dreamt of Lord Ganesha, who assured him that all his problems would be resolved. The temple was constructed in the 13th century by King Hammiradeva after Lord Ganesha came to his dream.
While Hammiradeva fought the battle with Jalaluddin Khilji for several years, he ran out of funds and capital.
Right after the dream, King Hammir won the war and constructed the temple devoted to Lord Ganesha in Ranthambore.

The Trinity Ganesha’s temple is the only temple to house Ganesha’s family with idols of his wives- ‘Ridhi and Sidhi’ and his two sons- ‘Shub and Labh’, along with his sawari – mushak (mouse).


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