Last updated on 9 September 2021, 12:45 PM IST: Ganesh Chaturthi 2021: Ganesh Chaturthi is a festival that is about the worship of Lord Ganesha who is considered to be holy at the time of commencing something new. But have we ever wondered that our whole community is worshipping Lord Ganesha still all our tasks don’t go as we expect them. Why does this happen? It is because of the fact we don’t know the right method to attain benefits from Lord Aadi Ganesha. Let us explore the blog completely to know about the festival and how we can attain benefits from Aadi Ganesha.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2021: Introduction
Ganesh Chaturthi 2021: Ganesh Chaturthi is one of those festivals that have attracted a large community of people. So before throwing some light on the festival, let us know something about Lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha is the younger son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Lord Ganesha is believed to be sacred for every soul because his resemblance is present inside every soul in the Mool Kamal where he reflectively resides and by which we can attain benefits from him.
Now the question arises how to attain benefits from him? The answer is quite simple and lies in the worship of Aadi Ganesh (The First God Ever or The Supreme Almighty), by whose worship, benefits from Lord Ganesha can be attained too as He gives the real mantras to be chanted to attain benefits from Lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha is also designated with the name Vighnaharta (the destroyer of sins) which is only a misconception as this should be used for only the Supreme Almighty God (Aadi Ganesha). Hence worshiping Aadi Ganesha instead of Lord Ganesha will benefit mankind.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2021 Date
This year’s festival of Ganesh Chaturthi commences from 10th September, 2021, Friday and lasts for 10 days. 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. The festival takes place in the Bhadrapada month of the Hindu calendar and it is celebrated for 10 days.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2021 Celebrations
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. Although Lord Ganesha’s blessings are considered very auspicious before beginning any kind of work, still we should seek the blessings of the Almighty Supreme God (The Aadi Ganesha) by whose grace one will automatically get the benefits to be obtained from Lord Ganesha along with other deities and Gods as well.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2021: 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 practice is however against the method of worship as mentioned in Holy Scriptures, still followed blindly because of the unawareness about true spiritual knowledge.
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. This festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm every year but this year due to the Corona pandemic certain programs and arrangements will not be allowed as the gathering of people is prohibited by the law at certain places.
What Is the History of Ganesh Chaturthi?
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated to mark the day on which Ganesh Ji was brought to life with an elephant head after he was killed by God Shiv when Ganesh Ji stopped Shiv Ji 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.
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 falls on September 19, 2021, Sunday.
- 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 lead to 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 the 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?
Is This a Correct Way to Attain Benefits From Lord Ganesha?
The answer to this question is NO. 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 per chapter 8 verse 13 of Holy Shrimad Bhagwad Geeta, the devotees are asked to only chant the mantra “Om” and nothing else. (Although this mantra is also incomplete with respect to salvation).
This mantra belongs to Jyoti Niranjan (Kaal/Satan) who happens to be the grandfather of Lord Ganesha. So the mantra “Om Ganeshaya Namaha” is the wrong mantra. The correct beej-mantra to be chanted to take benefits from him is something else and is revealed by the Supreme Almighty or His Complete Saint to the willing devotee.
It is mentioned in Holy book Shri Shiv Puran, Rudra Samhita-Adhyay 6, 7 and 9 Shrimad Devi Bhagwat Puran, Skand 7, Adhyay 36, Page 562 – 563 and in Srimad Bhagawad Gita chapter 16 verses 23-24 that those who worship opposite to the injunctions of the Holy scriptures do not attain happiness and salvation and that does not attain any sorts of benefits. 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 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 cannot give a devotee more than what is written in their destiny. 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, deities including Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh, and has referred to those people as foolish people of demonic nature in chapter 7 verse 12-15. 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. Everyone is getting their own fortunes, but the Supreme God is the one who can give more than what is written in the destiny. This clearly indicates that we should not be worshipping these demigods as there is only the Supreme Almighty worthy of being worshipped whose identity is unique.
Who Is The Supreme Almighty (The Aadi Ganesha)?
‘Aadi Ganesh’ phrase is used for the Supreme God Himself Who was present from the beginning, and has supremacy over everything and capable of giving us more than our destinies destroying our sins, He is Kavir Dev or Kabir Saheb. He is the real Aadi Ganesha, He created the universe by His power of the word. He is the Supreme Power that we have been searching for since ages having a human-like resemblance and resides in His everlasting abode Satlok where everything is immortal.
Even the Holy Scriptures testifies that Kabir Saheb is the Supreme Almighty and is nurturing everything everywhere. Kabir Saheb appeared by Himself on the holy land of India. Though India being known for the Hindu religion, still the name of Kabir Saheb is testified in every Holy Scriptures including Holy Vedas, Holy Geeta ji, Holy Quran Sharif, Holy Guru Granth Saheb, Holy Bible,etc.
- In Holy RigVeda, Mandal no 9: Sukt 1 Mantra 1-9, Sukt 20 Mantra 1, Sukt 82 Mantra 1-2, Sukt 86 Mantra 26-27, Sukt 94 Mantra 1, Sukt 96 Mantra 16-20 and in Holy YajurVeda in Chapter 29 Verse 25 and in various other verses, Lord Kabir is mentioned as Kavir Dev.
- In Holy Shrimad Bhagwad Geeta, chapter 8 Verse 3, 8-10, chapter 15 verse 4, 17 and chapter 18 verse 62,64,66, Lord Kabir is mentioned as Param Akshar Purush.
- In the Holy Quran Sharif in Surat Furqan 25 Aayat 52-59 it has been testified that Allah Kabir is the Allah Tala who has created the entire universe in 6 days.
- In Holy Guru Granth Sahib on page 721 it has been written that the Kabir Saheb is the immortal and the only Supreme God
- In the Holy Bible Iyov 36:5 – Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB). See, El is Kabir, and despiseth, not any; He is Kabir in ko’ach lev (strength of understanding).
Translation: Supreme God is Kabir, but despises no one. He is Kabir, and firm in his purpose.
Can We Attain the 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. It has been told in Shrimad Bhagwad Geeta that the one who will correctly brief the creation of the universe as mentioned in Holy Geeta ji chapter 15 verse 1-4 will be the Truly Enlightened Saint. Only Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj from Haryana, India has been able to manifest the meaning of the above-mentioned verses as He is the only one who is imparting true spiritual knowledge and a true way of worship based on all Holy Scriptures.
Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj has been manifesting through His devotees that His shelter is the one to take refuge into as He guarantees to provide benefits here and take us to our native abode Satlok after our deaths by giving us salvation. Currently, it is the prime time to attain salvation as He is being sent by Supreme God Kabir Himself to ease our paths onto the road of attaining salvation.
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