Ganesh Chaturthi 2023

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi 2023 🙂

Why do we worship Ganesha on Chaturthi Day?

Why is Ganesh Chaturthi celebrated? Why don’t people celebrate Ganesh Panchami, Ganesh Saptami, or Ganesh Teej… why is only Ganesh Chaturthi celebrated? Self-realized masters are of the opinion that there are three types of ‘gunas’ i.e. sattva, rajas, and tamas. And, Ganesh Chaturthi signifies to overcome from all these three gunas.

Clay figures of Ganapati Dada are worshipped for a 10-11 days celebration. Then they are consigned to water. The greatness and generosity of Sanatan  Dharma are so remarkable that if you want to realize your true nature, you make the figures of those who are established in their true nature and dance merrily in front of them to dissolve your ego. Once your ego is dissolved, even if you dissolve the figure of your deity, He will not be displeased with you but rather he will be pleased to see your welfare.

Ganesh Chaturthi 2023 decoration

This year Ganesh Chaturthi 2023 is on September 19, 2023.

The person who has developed the feeling that the body is everything, who believes the physical world to be real, who is distracted by entertainment provided by the senses, will continue to indulge in the activities of the world and will be distracted by the senses until he gets the blessings of Lord Ganesha, who is the master and substratum of senses, by worshipping Him. Perhaps, for this reason, Ganesha is the deity worshipped first before you start any auspicious undertaking i.e. either laying the first stone when constructing a house, or performing Vastu Pujan, marriage, or any other pious event… one worships Lord Ganesha at the very start with the chanting of “Om Gananam tva ganapatim hawamahey” or “Om Gam Ganapatay Namah”.

Each of the five sense organs; ears, eyes, nose… etc. is also called ‘Gana’ (attendants). If you please and worship the Lord of these ‘ganas’, then these attendants of yours will function properly, and will not create hurdles in your life; and to also get rid of the attachment from his physical world, one should worship Lord Ganapati Dada.

Ordinary people will not be able to understand the Lord of ‘Gana’, that is why there are Puranic stories so they can attain Self-Knowledge by worshiping a certain deity. For example, if one connects an electric bulb to the direct line of a power supply coming from the powerhouse, the bulb will blow out. So the main powder line of the powerhouse is connected to a substation and the power line from that substation or from a transformer is connected to the bulb. Similarly, if you cannot attain Self-knowledge directly, then attain it through the help of gods. There are many gods, and out of them, five are the main selected ones: Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, Bhagavati, Surya Narayan, and Lord Ganapati Dada is worshiped at the beginning of any undertaking.

Do not look at the moon on this day even by mistake

One who looks at the moon on the Ganesh Chaturthi Day earns censure and ill-repute. 

Chaturthi: 18th September( moon sighting prohibited, moonset: 8:40 pm),

Ganesh Chaturthi: 19th September(Moon sighting prohibited, moonset: 9:18 pm)

It is prohibited to look at the moon till this time. 

However, if one happens to see the moon, even by mistake, then, in order to be free from the curse, kindly read the story – “The Theft of Syamantaka Mani’.

If one looks at the moon on Tritiya (Sept. 17) and Panchami (September 20), the malicious effect of looking at the moon with carelessness or folly on Chaturthi, will be minimized.

On the day of Ganesha Chaturthi (September 19), chanting the mantra ‘Om Gam Ganapataye Namah’ and bathing Lord Ganesha’s idol with water mixed with jaggery, and offering durva grass and sindoor to the same prevents obstacles and boots intelligence.

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