Ganesh Gayathri

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GANESH GAYATHRI

Tatpurushaaya Vidmahe
Vakratundaaya Dheemahe
Tanno Danthihi Prachodayaat

Meaning: We pray to you the great lord with the super power , we implore the single tusked boon giver, Ganesh.

Ganesh Chaturthi – September 17th 2015

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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.

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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.

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vinayagar ellu ladoo

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

Meaning :

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

Meaning :
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
Girijanandana Niranjana
Paarvati Nandana Shubhaanana
Paahiprabhomaam Pahi Prasanna

Meaning :
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

 

{Read More Ganesh Slokas}

 

Slokas For Kids – Gajaananam Bootha Ganaathi

Vinayagar Slokam 

Gajaananam Bootha Ganaathi

Sayvitham Kapitha Jumbu

Phala saara Bakshitham

Umaa Sutham Shoka

Vinaasha Kaaranam Namaami

Vigneshwara Paadha Pankajam

Meaning of the Sloka
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I present  myself before the lotus feet of vinayaka (Ganesha),who is the son of Uma Maheswari, The goddess who destroys sorrow,  He who is served by the angels,  He who has the face of an elephant, who partakes of the essence of kapittha and jambu fruits.