Ganesh Chaturthi – September 17th 2015
Ganesh Chaturthi also known in south India as Vinayagar Chathuti is the festival of Lord ganesha who is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati . This festival is celebrated all over India. This festival falls normally on between august and September and this year the festival falls on September 17th.This festival lasts from 3- 10 days of worship. Lord Ganesha is the one diety who everybody loves and performs Ganapathy homam or poojas to him when they start with any major activity.
The festival starts by by installing the mold or model of the lord Ganesha by clay a day before the festival.The idols are painted in colours and decorated as per their own wish. Commonly he is decorated with a errukam poo ( Calotropis Procera ) garland and arugam pul ( Bermuda Grass) and Vibhuthi with sandhanam .He is dressed with new white dhoti and towel and is prepared for the pooja.Modak ( Kozhukattai ) and ellu ladoo ( sesame ladoo) is the main item to be offered to him during the pooja.
In Chennai the idols worshipped in public are normally not more than 13 feet high and models made with paper maiche and plaster of paris is banned by the government. Many people now have come to know the dangers of this materials when dissolved in the sea and other water bodies so they mostly make the idols out of organic products like Coconuts etc.
Some Ganesha ( Vinayagar ) slokas For Kids
1. Vinayako Vighnaraja Dvaimatura Ganaadhipaaha
Apyeka danta Herambha Lambodara Gajaanana
Lord Ganesha who is the destroyer and controller of all the obstacles, Who is the commander of all the attendants of his father the great Lord Shiva . He is the one deity with a singe tusk, a pot-belly and with the face of an elephant.
A chant to request Him to go ahead with work without any obstacles
2. Vakratunda Mahakaya Suryakoti Samaprabha
Nirvighnam Kurume Deva Sarva kaaryeshu Sarvada
O the great Lord Ganesha, who is having a curved Trunk and a large Body,
possesses the Brilliance of a Million Suns,
Please God remove all obstacles to my work, at all times.
A prayer for Him toKeep us protected and be with us all the time
3. Gaurinandana Gajanana
Paarvati Nandana Shubhaanana
Paahiprabhomaam Pahi Prasanna
O the great Lord Ganesha, son of Mother Gauri (or Parvati), the one who is born of the Lord of the mountains,whose heart is pure, spotless and pleasing to look at. Please kindly protect us, please accept our devotion and bestow us with good fortune and your protection.
A prayer to Him to return to us when He leaves us to do His duties for others.
4.Om Gam Ganapathiye Namo Namah
Shree Siddhivinaayaka namo namah
Ashta Vinaayaka namo namah
Ganapati Bappa Mauriya
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