Ganesh Utsav begins with Ganesh Chaturthi (4th day) and ends on Ganesh Charurdashi (14th day). This year, Ganesh Chaturthi was this past week on September 19. We extend our humble wishes to our Readers for this Dhaarmic and Joyous Ganesh Utsav.
Eternal Dharma offers great freedom to devotees to think of and portray their favorite Roop of the Supreme Entity, their personal God, according to their own wishes. We thought we might illustrate this by including two artistic, imaginative, and unusual interpretations of the Roop of Ganesh.
Ganesh is the deliverer of Buddhi. In that theme, the above portray Ganesh as an Acharya. The second is very unique in that a father-son duo is shown in the Ganesh Roop. These photos come from Dr. Ram Prabhoo, an old friend from Mumbai. By profession he is an Orthopedic Surgeon. By heart he is a Rasik and a devotee. We are very grateful to him for sending us the above photos of the original artwork.
Besides the deliverer of Buddhi, a central attribute of Ganesh is removal of obstacles. This is why devotees say the follower prayer before beginning any task:
वक्रतुण्ड् महाकाय सूर्यकोटि समप्रभ निर्विघ्नं कुरु मे देव सर्व कार्येषु सर्वदा
You are of a curved trunk, a huge body and with radiance that is like 10 million suns;
Dev, please make my path without obstacles in all tasks all the time.
At the end of the prayer, devotees complete a Pra-Dakshina or walk 360 degrees around the Ganesh Murti. The significance is explained in the Shlok below:
यानि कानि च पापानि जन्मान्तर कृतानि च तानि तानि विनश्यन्ति प्रदक्षन पदे पदे
Whatver sins I may have committed in this and previous lives, they all vanish with each step of my Pradakshina.
As we do every year, we include below the superb recital of श्री गणेश अथर्वशीर्षम or Shree Ganesh Atharva-Sheersham by Shree M.N. Venkat Shastry.
This is followed by the मंत्र पुष्पांजलि or Mantra-Pushpa-Anjali, an offering of flowers in the form of Mantra.
स्वस्ति अस्तु ते – Svasti Astu Te – Let Svasti be Unto You
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