Shri Ganesh Chaturthi VratDate : | Author : Astrologer Pt Umesh Chandra Pant
Shri Ganesh Chaturthi Vrat And Its importance
This vrat is done to appease Lord Shri Ganesh and fulfill one’s desired results. Chaturthi tithi is endeared to lord Ganesh, due to which he blesses the devotee of this vrat with abundant prosperity. Doing this vrat means elimination of pains and suffering of the mankind. The effect of this religious practice can absolve devotee of any troubles and pains of whatsoever kind. Krishna paksha and Shukla paksha fall twice in a month. However, Chaturthi holds special importance based on its month and day. This is because lord Ganesh being the first-worshipable-God is proven in various mythological tales. The vrat/fast on Chaturthi tithi holds its virtue for its ability to put an end to various sorrows and pains of the devotees. Shri Ganesh Chaturthi in every month of Chauthi tithi during Krishna paksha is also known as Sankat Chauth. Chaturthi of these months – Shravana, Bhadrapada, Margashirsha and Magha – have their importance respectively. This is the reason why it’s called Sankat Ganesh Chaturthi. To say otherwise, as the name itself suggests, problem of whatsoever kind can be dissipated because of Sankat Ganesh Chaturthi. There is special importance to worship Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati, including Lord Ganesh, on this occasion. Lord Ganesh adores sweets and Durva very much. Therefore, a devotee must offer Him these things during Ganesh Chaturthi. In every religious and daily activity that we observe, it is very useful to offer first worship to Lord Ganesh. Even to begin any auspicious task starts with worshipping Lord Ganesh. Therefore, Chaturthi tithi holds its remarkable importance.
Puja Methods For Shri Ganesh Chaturthi
To worship lord Ganesh, a devotee must take care of religious sanctity to start the vrat. A day before the occasion, prepare certain things, maintain adherence to self-control and other rules. Avoid eating any non-vegetarian or any forbidden diets, such as garlic, onion, meat, fish and wine etc. Wake up early in the morning (before sunrise), finish your daily routines (like attending washroom etc.) and keep a stock of all puja-related ingredients and keep them at a puja spot. Ensconce as per your capacity the statue of the lord cast in silver, gold, or clay. Worship the lord in a great religious manner. Remember that lord Ganesh is not only the first-worshipable deity, but he is also a prime Divine Being in the order of five deities. Conduct puja in shadopchar method, and then offer your worship to Lord Ganesh in a totally religious and devotional manner. Make your wish before the lord and request him to fulfil it in your benefits. The divine favor of lord Ganesh can eliminate your pains and sorrows, regardless of their might. Remember not to emit any rage during the course of conducting worship.
Story Of Ganesh Chaturthi Vrat
There are many stories about Ganesh Chaturthi Vrat and its vrat in the religious texts.One of the famous ones is being discussed briefly here –Once lord Shiva and Mata Parvati wished to play a game of chess. She ensconced a blade of grass as a mediator and animated it through mantras, to decide which player is to be declared winner in the chess. The animated grass was instructed by Mata Parvati to declare which player has emerged winner out of the chess. Thus, the game of chess ensued between Maa Bhawani and Adidev Shiva. Call it a divine favor or what, deity Parvati won the game every time. However, when Lord Ganesh was asked, he answered that it was Lord Shiva who was the real winner in the game of chess. This enraged Mata Parvati and cursed him (grass)to become cripple and suffer unbearable pains. This made the baby realize his mistake and said that he didn’t take her side in the game but he made such a mistake due to lack of his decision-making skill. So, he begged pardon to Mata Parvati, requesting her to tell him a way to get absolved of the curse. With that realization of the mistake of the baby, Mata Parvati, out of her motherly compassion, told him a simple remedy to rid of his curse, saying when some serpentine ladies would conduct Nag puja in a short while, you just ask them puja-methods for Ganesh vrat. So, by worshipping lord Ganesh would cause elimination of your curse. After telling the baby remedial advice for his curse, Mata Parvati and lord Shiva disappeared back to Kailash. Later, the baby observed Shri Ganesh puja for twelve days nonstop till he was absolved of the curse. He got back his power of mobility. Since then, the vrat festival of Chaturthi has been famous.