Ganesh Chaturthi, the birthday of Lord Ganesh, is one of the most popular Indian festivals which is mainly observed in Maharashtra, Gujarat and South India, mostly falls in the month of September But this year, it will start from 29 August and will end on Ananta Chaturdasi, i.e. on 8 September.
Lord Ganesh Chaturthi is also called as Vinayak Chaturthi, and Lord Ganesh has Elephant’s headÂ and with human’s body. Lord Ganesh is a enigmatic and he is called Lord Ganapati because he is the lord of groups, ‘Gana’. Lord Ganesh is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Lord Ganesha is eternal and he is the lord of inconceivabilities. Lord Ganesh wants to show people those who are devoted with full of transcendental qualities, the impossible can be possible.
In the Brahma Samhita it is stated that Lord Ganesh derives his powers to destroy all impediments by worshipping the lotus feet of Lord Narasimhadeva (the form of Krishna who killed the demon Hiranyakashipu).However, Lord Ganesha has the form of OM and he is situated as the first syllable of the Vedas.
The Significance of Lord Ganesh :
Lord Ganesh has one tusk and four hands, one hold a noose and other a hook. The noose frees us from illusion and the hook helps to motivate towards one’s goal. His big ears represents that he accepts the truth with positive vibrations and throws out the non“virtuous words that men may present to him. The single tusk represents the one truth and the broken tusk indicates the imperfection of the ever changing material world.
The mouse represents the desire to enjoy material pleasures and conquest to win over egoism. His two feet represent the knowledge of power & knowledge of action.
Lord Ganesh’s Origin :
One day at Mount Kailash, when mother Parvati was taking bath, She didn’t want to be disturbed. So by taking the turmeric paste, she created a boy and gave him life. Parvati asked the boy to not to allow anyone.
But when Lord Shiva came and tried to enter in to home to see his wife, but was stopped by him.
Then the boy and Shiva had an argument, which eventually annoyed the god.Â Lord Shiva in anger cut off Ganesha’s head with his trishul, later realised that he was Parvati’s son.
Since Ganesha’s head could not be rejoined, the head of the first living creature i.e. the elephant head was attached to his body. And since then he is known as Ganpati.Shiva declared Lord Ganesha as own son and gave him the status of gods.