Ganesh Chaturthi 2020: This Ganesh Chaturthi, let us look into some facts regarding the celebration of this festival and the correct way of worshipping Lord Ganesha. The festival Ganesh Chaturthi involves celebration and worship of one of the most favored deities of Hinduism Lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha is also known as Vinayaka, Ganpati, or Vighnaharta which means the remover of obstacles. Lord Ganesha is the younger son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated on a grand level in the state of Maharashtra however, these days due to the influence of social media and mass media it is celebrated all over the country. The festival takes place in the Bhadrapada month of the Hindu calendar and it is celebrated for 10 days.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2020 Date
This year’s festival of Ganesh Chaturthi commences from August 22, 2020, Saturday. During the period of 10 days, people worship the idol of Lord Ganesha and on the day of Anant Chaturdashi, that’s the tenth day, the idol of Ganesha is immersed in the nearest water body which is called Visarjan.
During these 10 days, people follow a lot of rituals which include erecting a pandal or a temporary podium for installing the idol, performing the aarti, the offering of prasad especially Modak which is considered to be Lord Ganesha’s, favorite sweet. Lord Ganesha’s blessings are considered very auspicious before beginning any kind of work and hence he is one of the most worshipped deities.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2020: People bring smaller Ganesh idols at their home for a selected time period which ranges from a minimum one and a half-day to ten days, perform Aarti followed by Visarjan. This festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm every year but this year due to lockdown during this pandemic certain programs and arrangements will not be allowed as the gathering of people is prohibited by the law.
What is the History of Ganesh Chaturthi?
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated to mark the day on which Ganesh Ji was brought to life with elephant head after he was killed by God Shiva when Ganesh Ji stopped Shiva from entering the house of Goddess Parvati. The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi was first celebrated in 1893 by Lokmanya Tilak. During the British era, the Britishers restricted the gathering of Indians as they were suspicious of people revolting against them.
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To ensure Indians are able to talk and discuss their plans to fight for independence against the Britishers Lokmanya Tilak came up with the celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi. The temporary podiums, conducting the puja and Aarti provided freedom fighters with the perfect cover-up for planning their actions to achieve independence.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2020: What is Visarjan?
- On the 10th day of the festival which marks the completion of Ganesh Chaturthi, idols of Lord Ganesha are immersed in flowing water. While carrying on the procession with the Ganesh Idol people generally chant slogans such as “Ganpati Bappa Morya” which invite him to come soon in the next year. This year Anant Chaturdashi is falling on September 1, 2020, Tuesday.
- Culturally, Visarjan is generally undertaken for damaged idols. So the Visarjan undertaken during Ganesh Chaturthi is not in accordance with the cultural values. In the era of Lokamanya Tilak, very few Ganesh idols were immersed in water on the 10th day.
- But today, since almost a majority of the population irrespective of their religion bring a Ganesh Idol at their home; a lot of idols are immersed in local water bodies, rivers, and beaches which not only lead to water pollution but also ill-treatment of the idols the next day.
- Sadly, when these idols are washed ashore on the next day they are literally dumped in sewage water. Is this how Idol of the most worshipped God should be treated after worshipping for a good ten days? Do you really think you become entitled to the blessings of Lord Ganesha after doing this?
Are we really worshipping lord Ganesha in the correct manner?
This Ganesh Chaturthi, let us have a look as to what is the correct way to worship Lord Ganesha, and what is his correct mantra? The most revered books of Hinduism namely Srimad Bhagwad Gita and the four Vedas do not mention the worship of any kind for these gods. As a matter of fact, both the Vedas and Srimad Bhagwad Gita ask the devotees to only chant the mantra “Om” nothing else.
This mantra belongs to Jyoti Niranjan (Kaal/Satan) who happens to be the grandfather of Lord Ganesha. So the mantra “Om Ganeshaya Namaha” is a wrong mantra. The correct beej-mantra to be chanted to take benefits from him is something else.
Reference Srimad Bhagwad Gita chapter 8 verse 13
Holy book Shri Shiv Puran, Rudra Samhita-Adhyay 6, 7 and 9 Shrimad Devi Bhagwat Puran, Skand 7, Adhyay 36, Page 562 – 563 It is also mentioned in Srimad Bhagawad Gita chapter 9 verses 23-24 that those who worship opposite to the injunctions of the Holy scriptures do not attain happiness and salvation and that worship becomes the cause of their decline. This is one of the main reasons why mankind is enduring suffering despite being so devout and worshipping these gods.
Does this mean these gods shouldn’t be worshipped to or shown respect to??
These gods are respectful but certainly, they should not be worshipped because these gods cannot really help their devotees during adverse times. This is because they do not have the power and authority to make changes to one’s timeline. Lord Ganesh couldn’t avert his beheading by his own father-Shiva. Think, how will he be able to avert the sufferings of his devotees?? These demigods cannot make changes in the events that are already determined to occur.
For that matter, Srimad Bhagwad Gita strongly condemns all those who worship these demigods and has referred them as fallen and foolish people with demonic nature in chapter 7 verse 15 & 20. Also in the fifth Veda-Sukshmaved, the correct mantra of lord Ganesh is mentioned, and by chanting only that mantra after acquiring it from an enlightened saint will a devout soul get all the benefits from him.
Else the way people are worshipping him presently will never lead to any benefits from him. This clearly indicates that we should not be worshipping these demigods as there is only one Supreme Almighty worthy of being worshipped.
Who is Aadi Ganesh?
‘Aadi Ganesh‘ phrase is used for the God who was present from the starting and who is also the head of all gods, he is Kavir Dev or Kabir Saheb. He is real Aadi Ganesh, he created the universe by his power of the word.
Who is the Supreme Almighty?
Supreme Almighty is the one who not only has the power and authority to change a devotee’s destiny but also to resurrect him/her from the dead. All Holy Scriptures have proven that the Supreme Almighty is in Human-like form, He lives in an eternal place called Satyaloka and His name is Almighty Kabir Saheb. Only by worshipping Him, a devotee can attain salvation.
Can we attain Supreme Almighty?
Yes, everyone who is in human form can attain Supreme Almighty. However, the way to attain him is guided by an enlightened saint. Srimad Bhagwad Gita explains the way to identify a truly enlightened saint in chapter 15 from verses 1-4. There is only one enlightened sage on earth at a given point of time and presently, he is Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj from Barwala-Hisar, Haryana, India. He is the only one who is imparting true spiritual knowledge and a true way of worship based on all Holy Scriptures.
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