Ganesh Chaturthi for Good Health & Wealth
One festival that is celebrated all over India without disparity is Ganesh chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaviti, as we call in South India. Lord Ganesha is said to be the God of knowledge and wisdom. Young and old are equally jubilant to celebrate festival of the Lord who fancies delicacies that includes Modak, Bananas, Ladoos and more. The festivity that lasts for 10 days during which idols made up of various ingredients/materials are offered prayers for a prosperous life is awaited by devotees. Air is filled with the chanting ‘Ganapathi Bappa Morya’. Prayers offered to Ganesha are meant to invite the deity into the huge statues. Devotees involve themselves in cultural events like dance, drama, music and more. They dance in front of the deity in gaiety. Celebration reaches a whole new level. Several stories are heard behind Lord Ganesha’s appearance. One story mainly told is that his Goddess Parvathi makes a boy out of sandalwood powder. Lord Shiva destroys him out of anger when the boy stops him from going to the Goddess, who is his wife. Later Shiva brings him back to life on Goddess Parvathi’s request. Lord Shiva replaces the boy’s severed head with that of an elephant. One day when the Moon God laughs at Ganesha, his mother, Goddess Parvathi curses the Moon that if anyone sees him, they will surely have to suffer bad luck. Later she forgives him and liberates the Moon God by limiting the curse to the day of Ganesh Chaturthi. This is said to be the mythological story behind Ganesha’s shape and appearance. Delicious dishes are prepared and prayers are offered to the Lord to remove any obstacles and bless devotees and their families with health and wealth.
On this auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, Korada.com wishes everyone good luck, health, fortune and prosperity.