Ganpati Bappa Morya

Ganesha

Ganesha, The Lord Of Success
Lord Ganesha is the son of Shiva and Parvati has an elephantine countenance with a curved trunk, big years and huge stomach. He is known as the lord of success and destroyer of evils and obstacles. He is also worshipped as the god of education, wealth and wisdom.

Ganesha, The Destroyer Of Pride
Ganesha is also known to be the destroyer of vanity, selfishness and pride. He is the personification of this material world in all its various wonderful manifestations. All the Hindus worship him regardless of their sectarian belief.

Significance Of The Form Of Ganesha
Ganesha’s head symbolizes the Atman or the soul, which is the ultimate reality while his body, represents Maya or the earthly existence of human beings. The elephant’s head symbolizes wisdom and its trunk represents Om. The noose in his left hand is a gentle implement to capture all the difficulties. The snake that runs around his stomach shows energy of all forms.

Ganesh Puja
On the festive day these idols are placed in the house holds and public mandaps. Then the ritual of the Pranapratishhtha Pooja is performed to invoke the holy presence of Lord Ganesha into the idol followed by the worship with sixteen modes of showing honor, known as Shhodashopachara. Offering of Durva (grass) blades and modaka, a delicacy prepared from rice flour, jaggery, and coconut, is an important part of the Ganesha Chaturthi puja. Ganesha is also offered red flowers, and anointed with a red chandan.

For next 10 days, the Ganesha temples, each house hold and large mandaps are swayed away by the name of their most loved God Ganesha. On 11th day, the procession ceremony of the immersion of the image/idol in a water body is performed to see-off the lord and praying him to take away all misfortunes and come again next year.

Ganesh Chaturthi
The devotees of lord Ganesha are called “Ganapatyas” and the festival to glorify him is known as Ganesh Chaturthi.

Story of Ganesha Chaturthi
According to Hindu mythological scriptures Lord Ganesha was formed by Goddess Parvati, wife of Lord Shiva. It is said that one day Parvati formed a sculpture from the paste that she used on her body before taking bath. She infused life in that figure and ordered him to guard the entrance of her bathroom. God Shiva returned and stopped at the entrance of his house by that boy. In extreme rage Shiva struck off the boy’s head. This incident filled Parvati in utter grief and requested Shiva to return her son. Then Shiva fixed the head of an elephant and restored life onto the body of that boy. Lord Shiva named this boy as “Ganpati” Gan means (hosts) & Pati means (Chief) and blessed that Ganpati would be worshipped before every new venture. The procession to immerse Ganesha idols/images on Ganesh Chaturthi finds its links with Indian Freedom Struggle. Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak started Ganpati Visarjan procession in 1893 and used it as a platform to penetrate awareness about the freedom movement among the mass of India.

Significance of Ganesh Chaturthi
Vakratunda Mahakaya Suryakoti Samaprabha, Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarvakaryeshhu Sarvada

“O Ganesha – Ganapati, One with a curved trunk, a large body, and a brilliance equal to a crore suns! O God, please make all my undertakings free from obstacles always.”

Ganesha, the lord with elephant head riding on a mouse, is mostly loved God of Hindus worshipped for success (Sidhi) in undertakings, and intelligence (budhi). Ganpati is praised before any venture is started and known as the God of education, knowledge and wisdom, literature, and the fine arts.

Ganesh Chaturthi holds utmost significance among the followers of Lord Ganesha. Lots of preparations are made to celebrate this auspicious Occasions : large public processions, pooja ceremonies, social get together, erection of giant size mandpas and special religious ceremonies are organized. Apart from a big Occasions, Ganesh Chaturthi has also become a very important financial activity. Thousands of artists & small and medium industries eagrly waits for this mega Occasions.

Ganesha Chaturthi Recipes
Celebrations associated with Ganesh Chaturthi are spread across 10 days and also involve preparation of popular dishes and sweets. Famous Recipes prepared during the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi include: Ladoo, Moong Dal Halwa and Kaju Burfi amongst many other Popular Sweet Dishes

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Ashtavinayaka’s

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Guidelines For Ashtavinayak Yatra

According to shastra, you have to take Darshana of the Eight Deities in order as mentioned below-

  1. Mayureshwar of Moregaon
  2. Siddhivinayak of Siddhatek
  3. Ballaleshwar of  Pali
  4. Varadavinayak of  Mahad
  5. Chintamani of Theur
  6. Girijadmaj of Lenyandri
  7. Vighneshwar of Ozar
  8. Mahaganapati of Ranjangaon
  9. and then back to Mayureshwar of Moregaon

Shree Mayureshwar / Moreshwar:

Situated at Moregaon, 64 Kms. From Pune was built in the 14th century by Morya Gosavi, and according to the legend Ganpati took birth as Mayureshwar riding a peacock to kill Sindhu, son of  Chakrapani who had become powerful by worshipping Surya and was attacking Gods and had imprisoned them in the city of Gandaki. Moregaon is the place where the head of Sindhu fell.

Shree Chintamani:

Situated at Theur, 25 Kms. From Pune. Morya Gosavi attained Siddhi here and his son built the temple to commemorate the event. According to the legend King Abhijit and his wife Gunavati had a son called Gana, on his visit to saga Kapila he coveted the Chintamani (wish fulfilling stone) which Kapila used to fulfill his wishes. Kapila refused to part with the stone but Gana took it forcibly, Durga advised Kapila to worship Ganapati. With the powers of the worship Kapila fought and killed Gana, Abhijit returned the jewel to Kapila but he did not it. Ganpati stayed on the spot under the Kadamba tree and called himself Chintamani.

Shree Mahaganpati:

Situated at Ranjangaon, 54 Kms. From Pune is known as Mahaganpati or Ganpati the Great. The original idol was very big but was hidden to prevent its destruction and the present day smaller idol was installed instead. As per the legend Tripurasura born from the nostrils of Gritsamada when he sneezed. Tripurasura worshipped Ganpati and conquered the three worlds. Ganpati had told that only Shiva can destroy Tripurasura. The gods went to Shiva who fought Tripurasura but could not defeat him, then Narada told Shiva that he should have worshiped Ganpati beforre he fought Tripurasura, after that Shiva made the apropriate prayer to Ganpati and succeeded, and in gratitude Shiva established Ganpati there as Mahaganpati.

Shree Siddhivinayak:

Situated at Siddhatek on the banks of Bhima near Ahmednagar.As per the legend Bramha once created a world with Ganpati’s blessings, and while this was going on Vishnu woke up and two fierce demons Madhu and Kaitaba escaped from his ears. Vishnu fought with them for 5000 years, then Shiva pointed out that Vishnu had startedwithout worshippin Ganpati, so Vishnu invoked Ganpati on Sidhatek hilland destroyed the demons successfully and consecrated the spot.

Shree Vighneshwar:

Situated at Ozar, 102 Kms. From pune the temple was buil in 1833. The temple is famouse for its Deepmala’s and its Golden dome. As per legend King Abhinandana performed many sacrifices to become Indra, Indra on hearing this sent Kala (Time as destroyer) himself in form of Vighnasura to obstruct the sacrifices. At this all the world also halted and suffered, all vedic rites also halted so the Gods prayed to Ganpati, Ganpati defeated Vighnasura making him one of the Gana’s, Vighnasura requested Ganpati to use his name as prefix and stay at Ozar, to which Ganpati agreed.

Shree Girijatmaka:

Situated on a hill on the banks of Kukdi river at Lenyadri, the temple can be reached after climbing up 283 stairs. As per the legend Parvati wanted a son, so she did penance for 12 years to Ganpati who was born as a child to her, the Deity faces south and is sacred because Ganpati’s thread ceremony was performed here.

Shree Ballaleshwar:

Situated at Pali 38 Kms. From Khopoli. The temple was named after devotee Ballal as Ballaleshwar to whom Ganpati reveled himself at this sacred spot. The wooden Temple is so constructed that on the two equinoxes, the rays of the sun fall derectly on the diety.

Shree Varad Vinayak:

Situated at Mahad, 20 Kms. From Khandala is known as Shree Varad Vinayak the bestower of blessings.

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Bhajans Of Ganesha

1.Aadi Pujya Deva Gajaananaa Gaurihara Tanaya Shubhaanana Vighna Vinashaka Siddhi Vinaayaka Jaya Jaga Vandana Thava Charanam (Oh, Lord Gajaanana, darling son of Gauri who destroys obstacles and confers success. Entire creation pays obeisance and worship Thy Feet.)

2.Amba Bhavaani Shiva Shambhu Kumaara
Shree Gana Naathha Shaantakara
Puraana Purushaa Sathya Sai Naathha
Pranava Swaroopa Partheeshaa
(Beloved Son of Shivaa and Parvati; O Lord Ganesha, Lord of Ganas (demi-gods), Giver of peace, O Lord Sathya Sai, You are the supreme Being, You are the Form of Om, Lord of Puttaparthi)

3.Baala Gajaanana Namo Namo
Vighna Vinaashaka Namo Namo
Parvathi Nandana Namo Namo
Siddhi Vinaayaka Buddhi Pradayaka
Vijaya Gajaanana Namo Namo
Gangaadhara Suta Namo Namo
Lambodara He Namo Namo
(Reverential salutations to You, Young Ganesh, destroyer of obstacles, son of Parvathi and Shiva; Granter of spiritual attainments and bestower of intellect, discrimination and determination, Victorious Ganesha, our salutations to Thee!)

4.Bhaktha Vighna Vinaashaka Bhukthi Mukthi Pradaayaka
Bhaktha Kankshita Dayaka Bhava Bhakthi Pradaayaka
Hey Dayaa Nidhe Ganapathe Deenabandhu Kripaa Nidhe
Ashta Siddhi Vinaayaka Ishta Moksha Pradaayaka
Ashta Sampada Daayaka Srishtipala Vinaayaka
(Oh Vinaayaka (Ganesha) dispeller of all obstructions of devotees, The bestower of Liberation; You provide everything desired by devotees; You are the bestower of Devotion; Hey Ganesha, Thou art full of mercy and compassion; You are the friend of the meek; You bestow the eight boons, You bestow Liberation; Hey Ganesha, Thou art verily the keeper of creation)

5.Bhavaani Nandana Baala Gajaanana
Pranava Swaroopa Paahi
Hey Parthipureeshwara Paahi (Sai)
(O Son of Mother Bhavani, Lord Gajaanana! Kindly grant protection. O Lord of Parthi.)

6.Chandra Kalaadhara Gauri Shivaatmaja
Gajavadana Gananaatha Shubhaanana
Pranavaakara Pashupati Nandana
Paahi Prabho Mam Paahi Gajaanana
(The offspring of Gauri (Parvathi) and Shiva (adorned by the moon) Gajavadana (the elephant faced One), Gananatha (the chief of Ganas) Shubhaanana (the one who causes auspicious things to happen) You are the form of Primal Sound (Om), son of Pashupati (Shiva) Protect us Oh Lord, Protect us Oh Gajaanana (Ganesha))

7.Gaja Mukha Gaja Mukha Gananatha
Sura Muni Vanditha Guna Sheela
((Our salutations to) the elephant faced Lord Ganesha, endowed with the best of qualities, who is Chief of the Ganas or demi-gods, and is worshipped alike by sages and saints.)

8.Gaja Vadana Gajaanana
Gauri Thanaya Gajaanana
Jai Jai Jai Gajaanana
Jai Jai Jai Gajaanana
Devaadhi Deva Gajaanana
Gauri Thanaya Gajaanana
(Victory to Lord of Lords – Lord Gajaanana, beloved son of Mother Gauri. Chant the name of Elephant faced Lord Gajaanana).

9.Gaja Vadana Gananaatha
Hey Gana Naathha
Gauri Thanaya Dayaa Maya
Gaja Vadana Gananaatha
Bhuvanaadhara Pranava Swaroopa
Paalaya Paalaya Parthipureesha
(Protect, Protect O Lord of Parthi! Thou art the Lord of Creation and life force of all Beings, Prince of Mother Gauri, Elephant-faced One and Lord of all Lords, Thou art extremely merciful.)

10.Gaja Vadana Gananaatha Gajaanana
Siddhi Vinaayaka Baala Gajaanana
Mangala Karo Prabhu Vijaya Gajaanana
Jaya Hey Shambho Shankara Nandana
Sura Nara Vanditha Poojya Gajaanana
(Hey Gajaanana (Ganesha), the elephant faced One, the chieftain of the ganas; Vinaayaka (Ganesha), the One who helps us attain accomplishments, the child Ganesha; Victory to Thee Ganesha; Oh Lord, bring auspiciousness; Victory to Thee – the son of Shiva; You are worshipped by both Gods and mortals, the most holy Ganesha!)

11.Gaja Vadana Gananaatha Gaja Vadana Deena Naathha
Siddhi Daatha Shiva Thanaya
Siddhi Pradaayaka Gajaanana
Parvathi Nandana Bhava Bhaya Bhanjana
Yuga Yuga Vanditha Jaya Shree Ganesha
(Elephant-faced Ganesh, Lord of the Ganas and protector of the helpless. Son of Shiva, giver of liberation, destroyer of worldly fears. Glory to Ganesh who is revered through the ages.)

12.Gaja Vadana Gananaatha Naatha
Gauri Vara Thanaya Guna Laya
Gaja Vadana Gananaatha Naatha
Vidya Dhaayaka Buddhi Pradaayaka
Siddhi Vinaayaka Hey Subha Daayaka
(O Elephant-faced Lord! Lord of Demi-Gods and beloved Son of Mother Gauri; Thou art extremely merciful. You grant auspiciousness and gifts.)

13.Gaja Vadana Gananaatha Vinaayaka
Mahadeva Sudha Mangala Dhaayaka (Gaja Vadana)
Veda Vidhyadhara Vighna Vinaashaka
Dayaa Sindhu Hey Dhuritha Nivaaraka
Sai Gajaanana Thribuvana Dhaaraka
(Oh elephant faced Gajaanana (Ganesha), the chieftain of the ganas; You are the son of Mahadeva (Shiva), the bestower of auspiciousness; You are the One who blesses the study of Vedas, the destroyer of obstacles; Oh Lord, the merciful One, the One who dispels misery; You are Lord Sai Gajaaanana (Sai in the form of Gajaanana))

14.Gaja Vadana Shree Gananatha
Ambika Thanaya Paahi Prabhu ..(Gaja Vadana..)
Siddhi Vinaayaka Kaivalya Daatha
Paashaankusha Dhara Paahi Prabhu
Namaami Nithyam Smaraami Nithyam
Deena Sharanya Paahi Prabhu
(O Ganesha with an elephant face, son of Parvathi, please bestow Your Grace on us. You are the one to liberate us from the endless cycle of births and deaths. You have been guiding us by using Your lasso and prod. I shall always pray to You. I shall ceaselessly chant Your name in my mind. You have always protected the meek and the humble. Please guide and protect me.)

15.Gajaanana Hey Gajaanana
Gauri Thanayaa Gajaanana
Hey Shivanandana Jaya Jagavandana
Vidyaa Buddhi Pradaayaka
Parama Niranjana Mooshikavaahana
Parthipureeshwara Gajaanana
(Oh Gajaanana (Ganesha), son of Gauri (Parvathi); Oh Son of Shiva, Victory to the One who is revered by the whole world; You are the one who bestows knowledge and intelligence; Hey Gajaanana, You are the Lord of Puttaparthi)

16.Gajaanana Hey Shubhaanana
Gauri Manohara Priya Nandana
Pashupathi Thanaya Gajaanana
Parama Niranjana Subhaanana
(Hey Gajaanana (Ganesha), the auspicious One; The beautiful and Beloved son of Gauri (Parvathi); Oh Gajaanana (Ganesha) son of Pashupathi (Shiva) Thou art supremely faultless and the auspicious One)

17.Gajaanana Hey Shubhaanana
Parama Niranjana Gaja Vadana
Vakra Thunda Dhara Vighna Vinaasha
Pranava Swaroopa Parthipureesha
Siddhi Vinaayaka Sai Gajaanana
Parama Niranjana Gaja Vadana
(Pray and worship Lord Sai Gajaanana, destroyer of all obstacles, bestower of success and life force of all beings).

18.Gananaatha Gaja Vadana Gananaatha Deenaharana
Siddhi Daatha Shiva Thanaya
Buddhi Pradaayaka Gajaanana
Parvathi Nandana Jaya Jagavandana
Yuga Yuga Vandana Jai Jagadeesha
(Oh Lord of Ganas, the elephant faced One, the One who dispels misery! You bestow boons, Oh son of Shiva! You bestow intelligence, Lord Ganesha! Victory to the One who is revered by the whole world, the son of Parvathi! You are revered throughout the ages (Yugas); Hail Thee, God of the world)

19.Gananaatha Gananaatha
Mooshika Vaahana Jaya Gananaatha
Sharanam Sharanam Gajaanana
Sidhi Vinaayaka Gananaatha
Mukthi Pradaayaka Gananaatha
Jagatodhaara Jaya Gananaatha
Sharanam Sharanam Gajaanana
(I seek refuge in You, Ganesha. You are the God with super natural powers. You are the Lord who gives liberation to people. You are the One who uplifts the whole world. Victory to You, Lord Ganesha.)

20.Ganapathi Deva Namo Namo
Siddhi Vinaayaka Gaja Vadana …(Ganapathi)
Bhoota Ganaadhipa Bhava Bhaya Naasha
Bimbaadhara Suta Gaja Vadana
Aadi Poojya Deva Gauri Ganesha
Ambika Thanaya Ganeshwara
(Salutations to Thee, Lord Ganesh. Thou all-powerful One, master of all beings, savior of mankind from endless births and deaths, son of the Shiva, O primeval God, Our salutations to Thee.)

21.Ganapathi Om Jaya Ganapathi Om
Gajamukha Varada Ganapathi Om
Mooshika Vaahana Gajaanana
Modakahastha Gajaanana
Paramaniranjana Gajaanana
Paada Namaste Gajaanana
(Victory to Thee, Oh Ganesha! The elephant faced One, the bestower of boons; Gajaana (Ganesha), the One who has the mouse as His vehicle, Ganesha, the One has a modhaka (a sweet preparation) in His hand; Oh Gajaanana – I prostrate at Thy Lotus feet)

22.Ganesha Sharanam Parama Paavanam Sathya Sainam Gajaananam
Nithya Smaranam Parama Paavanam Sathya Sainam Gajaananam
Sadguru Sharanam Parama Paavanam Sathya Sainam Gajaananam
Bhava Bhaya Haranam Parama Paavanam Sathya Sainam Gajaananam
(To Ganesh, bow in reverence, bow in absolute purity, to the name of Sai, to the elephant-faced Ganesh; Constantly remember the purifying name of Sai, remember the elephant-faced Lord Ganesh; The feet of the guru are purifying, as is the name of Sai and Ganesh, the elephant-faced Lord; All fears are destroyed by the supremely pure name of Sai and by the elephant-faced Lord Ganesh).

23.Ganesha Sharanam Sharanam Ganesha
Sayeesha Sharanam Sharanam Sayeesha (4x)
(Surrender to Lord Ganesha, Surrender to Lord Sai)

24.Gauri Ganesh Uma Ganesh
Parvathi Nandana Shree Ganesh
Sharanam Ganesh Sharanam Ganesh
Shiva Nandana Ganapathi Ganesh
(Chant the name of Lord Ganesh, beloved Prince of Mother Gauri, I surrender to Thee, Lord of all Demi-Gods, beloved Prince of Lord Shiva and Mother Guru.)

25.Gauri Nandana Baala Gajaanana
Gaja Vadana Gananaatha Gajaanana
Gauri Nandana Baala Gajaanana
Mahaganapathe Sai Gajaanana
Gajaanana Sai Gajaanana
(Worship the Lord of Lords, Lord Sai Gajaanana, Lord of Demi-Gods and beloved of Gauri )

26.Gauri Nandana Gajaanana
Girija Nandana Niranjana
(Hey) Gauri Nandana Gajaanana
Parvathi Nandana Shubaanana
Paahi Prabho Maam Paahi Prasanna
(O Elephant-faced Lord! O Darling Prince of Mother Gauri! Thou art pure, spotless and pleasing to look at. Kindly protect and be pleased with us.)

27.Gauri Nandana Sai Gajaanana
Gaja Vadana Gananaatha Gajaanana
Gauri Nandana Sai Gajaanana
Maha Ganapathey Sai Gajaanana
Gajaanana Sai Gajaanana
(Worship Lord of Lords, Lord Sai Gajaanana, Lord of the Ganas(demi-gods) and Beloved son of Gauri)

28.Hey Gananaatha Gajaanana
Hey Ramba Gajaanana
Hey Gananaatha Gajaanana
Gauri Nandana Gajaanana Gajaanana Hey Gajaanana
Siddhi Vinaayaka Gajaanana
(O, elephant faced Lord of the Ganas (demi-gods); O Vinaayaka, the son of Parvati The Lord who bestows success, We chant Thy Name)

29.Hey Shiva Nandana Bhava Bhaya Bhanjana
Vighna Vinaashaka Gajaanana
Gaja Vadana Gana Naatha
Vishwa Vandya Shiva Shambhu Kumaara
Parvathi Tanaya Ganeshwara
Gana Naatha Shubha Daatha Pahi Prabhu
(O Ganesha, son of Shiva! You have always granted Your devotees freedom from the eternal cycle of births and deaths. You have constantly removed obstacles from their path. O Lord of demigods, the whole universe adores You. Bestow Your Grace on us O auspicious One!)

30.Hey Shiva Nandana Bhava Bhaya Bhanjana
Girija Nandana
Gaana Vinodana Danava Mardana (2X)
Paalitha Deena Vana Gajaanana
[2nd time:]
Girija Nandana
(This bhajan is dedicated to Ganesha: Son of Shiva and Parvati ; (Girija is a name for Parvati meaning “born of a mountain”) Destroyer of the fear of the sea of change; One Who is fond of music; Destroyer of demonic qualities; One Who fosters the meek)

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