25, 2008 Tuesday.
day: Falgun Krishna Paksha : 04
03:00 pm to 04:30 pm
Ganesh Sankashta Chaturthi
of the most popular Gods in India, lord Ganesh or Ganpati is
considered a symbol of wisdom and one who brings good luck. It is
said that his elephant head symbolizes everything related to wisdom,
long ears that miss nothing, a long nose that can smell anything and
his vehicle, a mouse, reflects how much importance a wise man gives
to the smallest of life forms. Installed at gateways and on doors,
either by visuals or symbols, generally facing the east, Ganesh is
revered across India as a great remover of obstacles. Meetings,
gatherings, weddings, functions and celebrations begin with a prayer
of lord Ganesh and no new venture - be it a new company, a new house,
a new shop - is inaugurated without reciting a 'mantra' of lord
Ganesh is remembered on chauth or chaturthi, the 4th day of every
month of the Hindu calender, but Angarak Chaturthi which is
celebrated across the India, is the prominent festival among Hindus.
Angarak Chaturthi is one of the days when Ganesh pooja is performed
by devotees. The meaning of Angarak is planet Mars (Mangal). If
anyone worships Lord Ganesha on this day, he can be blessed with
benefits of all the Chaturthis of a year. This year Angarak Chaturthi
falls on March 25, 2008.
is a must for Diwali pooja as he is to be worshiped in all pujas
before any other God or Goddess. Traditionally on Diwali night,
Ganesh shares the altar with Lakshmi. Shree Ganesh is the God of good
beginnings and remover of obstacles. In the Hindu mythology, the two
are not related, Ganesh being the son of Shiva and Parvati. However,
when placed side by side, Lakshmi and Ganesh bless their devotees
with promise of a year of fulfillment, free from wants.
are distributed on the day. According to tradition ladoos are placed
in different corners of the house and eaten before the meal. Milk is
offered to idols of lord Ganesh at home and at temples, and Ganesh
puja is performed at all temples and in-house prayer rooms. Fasting,
feasting and distribution of sweets offered to Lord Ganesh are
important aspects of Ganesh chaturthi rituals in India. Hindus pray
to images of Lord Ganesha, many of them made specially for the
occasion by artisans, and those that do not wish to keep the idols
alive by daily prayers, offerings and lighting oil lamps, immerse the
idols in the nearest water body (all rivers, lakes and the sea which
are sacred to Hindus).
the Ganesh puja, the idol of goddess Lakshmi is placed on the left
and Lord Ganesha, the elephant headed god is kept on the right.
Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth and prosperity and also personifies
beauty, grace, and charm. She is normally depicted seated on a lotus
with gold coins. Lord Ganesh has many functions in the Hindu
mythology. He is the Lord of Wisdom and the remover of obstacles.
between Lord Ganesh and GaneshaSpeaks
in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as
sweet." There is much more in the name than what Shakespeare has
told in one of his lyrical romances. The story behind the christening
of GaneshaSpeaks is interesting one.
the site was under way, Hemang Arun Pandeet, CEO & MD of Siddhi
Vinayak Astrology Services pondered over the selection of name. And
on one fine day the words GaneshaSpeaks
came out with joy and exuberance on his face. But the question is why
Ganesha and not any other deity is associated with the site?
Pandeet says that Astrology is a mirror to life, and Ganesha is life
itself. Mortal beings fear the unknown. Ganesha, through astrology,
acts as a beacon of light in the darkness, and illumines the path for
us. Therefore Ganesha is the supreme-being, whose dexterity in
dealing with the planets is invoked by astrologers to unravel the
mysteries of existence. Moreover, Ganesha is lord and master for all
the astrologers. Bejan Daruwalla is also an ardent devotee of Lord