Vinayagar Chathurthi is a sacred festival commemorating the birth of Lord Ganesha, the revered Hindu deity symbolizing wisdom and success. This year in Malaysia, the auspicious occasion is slated to be observed on the 19th of September, 2023.
History of Vinayagar Chaturthi…
Vinayagar Chaturthi, steeped in ancient Hindu mythology, traces its origins to a profound legend. According to the narrative, Parvati, in the absence of her husband Shiva, crafted Ganesha from Sandalwood paste, appointing him as the guardian at her home's entrance while she took her bath. Upon Shiva's return, a confrontation ensued as he obstructed his path. The ensuing disagreement saw Shiva attempting to reason with the young boy, but to no avail. In a moment of heated exchange, Shiva, the god of destruction, severed Ganesha's head.
Witnessing this, Maa Parvati was overcome with fury, embodying the Kaali avatar and threatening devastation. Upon discovering the truth, Shiva urgently tasked his followers to find the head of a child whose mother was looking away. They returned with the head of a baby elephant, which was then placed upon Vinayagar. This transformative event bestowed Lord Ganesha with an elephant head, shaping the enduring depiction of the deity as the elephant-headed god.
Significance of Vinayagar Chaturthi
This auspicious day holds profound spiritual and cultural significance. It centers around Lord Ganesha, the cherished son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, revered as the deity bestowing wisdom, success, and good fortune upon his devotees. Lord Ganesha is traditionally invoked at the outset of new ventures or auspicious occasions, symbolically removing obstacles and paving the way for triumph.
The practice of seeking Lord Ganesha's blessings before embarking on significant endeavours, be it starting a new job, organizing events like weddings, or initiating any important work, is deeply ingrained in Hindu customs. This timeless ritual is a symbol of reverence and the hope for a prosperous and obstacle-free journey towards success and fulfilment.
Mantras to chant
1. Vakratunda Maha-Kaaya Surya-Kotti Samaprabha Nir - Vighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryeshu Sarvadaa
2. Aum Ekadantaya Viddhamahe, Vakratundaya Dhimahi, Tanno Danti Prachodayat.
3. Om Gan Ganpataye Namah
Source: The Times of India