Hindu Religious Festivals:Ganesh Chaturthi



This God of knowledge and the remover of obstacles is also the older son of Lord Shiva. Lord Ganesha is also called Vinayak ( knowledgeable ) or Vighneshwer (god to remove obstacles). He is worshipped, or at least remembered, in the beginning of any auspicious performance for blessings and auspiciousness. He has four hands, elephant's head and a big belly. His vehicle is a tiny mouse. In his hands he carries a rope (to carry devotees to the truth), an axe (to cut devotees' attachments), and a sweet dessert ball -laddoo- (to reward devotees for spiritual activity). His fourth hand's palm is always extended to bless people.


A unique combination of his elephant-like head and a quick moving tiny mouse vehicle represents tremendous wisdom, intellegence, and presence of mind.


The day on which Ganesh frequencies reached the earth for the first time, that is, the day on which Lord Ganesh was born, is called the fourth day (chaturthi) of the bright fortnight of Magh according to the Hindu Lunar Calendar. Since then, an association between Ganapati and chaturthi has been established.

Significance
Since the frequencies of Ganapati and those of the earth on the date (tithi) of chaturthi match, they favor each other. This implies that on this date, more frequencies of Ganapati reach the earth.
Chaturthi means turyavastha, a state beyond the state of waking (jagruti), dream (svapna) and deep sleep (sushupti), which is the target of a seeker.

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