Sunday, July 14, 2013

Pray to Lord Ganesh to rid all Obstacles

Lord Ganesh is the God of new beginnings, education, knowledge, wisdom, wealth and advancement. In Hinduism, Ganesh holds a significant place because Ganesh puja is mandatory before any religious function, ritual or activity. Students and businessmen worship Ganesh for education and wealth respectively.

Ganesh's Family and some interesting stories

Lord Ganesh is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Kartikeya (God of War) is Ganesh’s younger brother. Ganesh loves to eat Modak and Ladoo. When Ganesh grew up, he married Prajapati’s two daughters namely Siddhi and Riddhi. Anyone, who worships Ganesh gets the blessing of his wives. Ganesh is well known for his wisdom, knowledge and sacrifice.

The wise one

Once, Shiva asked his sons to make three rounds of universe to assess their wisdom. While Kartikeya rode his peacock around the universe, Ganesh simply took three rounds of Shiva and Parvati (and stated that Shiva and Parvati are his universe). Ganesh won the race due to his wisdom.

The destroyer of ego

Ganesh destroyed the ego of many earthly and celestial beings. For example, Ganesh fought and defeated Gajamugasuran because the asur was torturing many good human beings and rishis. Ganesh subdued the ego of Gajamugasuran by turning him into a mouse.

Ganesh cursed the moon to lose his brightness because the Moon made fun of Ganesh’s large trunk. As moon lost his glow, he realized his mistake and apologised to Ganesh. As a result, Ganesh reduced Moon’s punishment by allowing him to increase for first 15 days and then decrease for the next 15 days.

Knowledge and Sacrifice

Lord Brahma instructed Rishi Vyas to write Mahabharat which was a gigantic task, however,  Vyas requested for help in writing. Brahma recommended Ganesh for this job as he could only write as per the speed of thoughts arising from Vyas. Ganesh felt that continuous writing of such a long poem will need a strong pen. Consequently, Ganesh sacrificed his tusk to ensure that writing of Mahabharat doesn’t stop even for a moment.