‘Ganapati Bappa Morya..!!!!’
What do your eyes take you to, when you hear this…?
Band groups, decorations, homemade sweets, family gatherings, and holy presence of lord Ganesha…all these fill you with immense mental positivity and joy. People of India wait for Ganesh Chaturthi every year with the same grace and excitement. In Maharashtra, this is the festival that was promoted by great social reformer Lokamanya Tilak. The objective was to unite people and keep good vibes in the society.
People prepare a lot for this festival because they wish to welcome beloved lord Ganesha, Vighnaharta wholeheartedly. Every moment with family and friends during this preparation strengthens the bond. The preparation involves various things in Hindu tradition for worshipping Lord Ganesha.
If you do this every year, you might be acquainted with the list of things needed for sacred Ganesh Pooja. But every single thing has its own natural and spiritual significance. Knowledge of these minute things will make you aware of how things around us contribute to our positive thoughts.
Shreefal is basically a coconut. Lord Ganesh has been known with various beautiful names like Shree, Vighnaharta, Vighnavinayak, and many more. The word ‘Shree’ is referred to as Ganeshji and ‘fal’ means fruit thus the name is ‘Shreefal’.
Every part of Shreefal i.e. coconut is useful. Breaking the coconut shows breaking various hurdles in life. Lord Ganesha is known for saving from negative vibes and incidents. Shreefal reflects the presence of Lord Shiva and his blessings. Thus Shreefal is important in Pooja samagri/thing used in Pooja.
The red hibiscus is considered a favourite flower of Lord Ganesha. The red flower adds vibrant positivity to the surrounding. The flower signifies freshness, purity, and divine beauty.
21 blades of Durva
Durva is a grass known for regeneration. It shows freshness and prosperity. Renewal and new beginning are the characteristics of Durva. Lord Ganesha is first to worship during the beginning of good things. Thus Durva is one of the very important things during Ganesh pooja.
Kumkum is a sacred red powder that is very significant in Hindu rituals. It is known to revitalize the soul and open the inner eye. Thus kumkum or Sindur is used.
Sandalwood or Chandan. The unique fragrance of sandalwood adds holiness in the surrounding. That is why the forehead of Lord Ganesha has the tika of sandalwood.
Betel nut is known as Supari. Supari is hard in nature which signifies ego and harshness. Presenting betel nut has the objective of leaving every egoistic emotion and getting blessings with the whole purity of thoughts.
Incense sticks and red thread
Sense of smell is significant in day to day life. It is one of the fastest ways to reach the mind. The fragrance around us has an impact on our mental state. Thus incense sticks are used along with sandalwood. The red thread is also known as mouli. This is a sacred thread used in most of the Hindu rituals.
The lamp is a symbol of calmness and spreading light. It is known for denying darkness and allowing light. Light provides energy and mental strength. Thus lamp is used to keep the surrounding free from unwanted negativity and thoughts.
Lord Ganesha is known for his love for food. Lambodar is one of the names of Ganeshji. The best part is Modak which is Lord Ganesha’s favourite sweet. Modak is a kind of sweet made at every home during this festival. Children also like modak and other sweets. Thus Ganesh Chaturthi is incomplete without Modak.
To follow various disciplines of religion is good but if you go into the details you get to know its significance and importance. Thus keep educating yourself with various little things in day to day life.