The whole nation is grooving on the tunes of dhol and nagaddah, hailing ‘Ganpati Bappa Moriya!’ welcoming Lord Ganesh on his arrival today, on Ganesh Chaturthi also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi.
Ganesh Chaturthi celebrates the birth of Lord Ganesh, the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. This 10-day long festival starts on Shukla Paksha Chaturthi as per the Hindu calendar in the month of Bhadrapada and ends on Chaturdashi.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaja initiated the celebrations of Ganesh Chaturthi in India, as a major social and public event, after the Mughal-Maratha wars. The British Raj stabbed these celebrations. But, in 1893, freedom fighter Lokmanya Tilak, initiated the celebrations with a Sarvajanik Ganesh Utsav via his newspaper Kesari. He recognized Lord Ganesh as “the god for everybody,“ a god that bridged “the gap between Brahmins and non-Brahmins,” strengthening their unity in order to protest against the British Colonial Rule.
Who doesn’t know about the “Lalbaughcha Raja” and who doesn’t love delicious Modaks and Laddus? But, is the idea of celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi limited to worshipping colossal idols of deity and savoring mouthwatering delicacies? No. Every ritual in Hindu culture has an underlying scientific reason. There is a power behind science, protecting and taking care of us at every microsecond.
Scientific Reasons underlying Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations are:
According to the Hindu mythology, 21 auspicious things are offered to Lord Ganesha’s idol, like: Shammi Patra, Bhagreya, Belva leaves, Durvadal, Dhatura, Tulsi, Jujube, Sem, Achyranthes Aspera, Yellow-fruit nightshade Bay leaf, Agastya, Oleander, Banana leaves, Calotropis (aak), Arjun, Devdaru, Maruaa, Gandhari leaves, Ketkai leaves.
These herbs and flowers possess medicinal properties which are absorbed by the clay crafted idols. These idols when immersed in water during ‘Visarjana’ suspends its particles into the water, infusing all such medicinal properties into water. Henceforth purifying water and raising its quality standards naturally.
Also, the clay when settles on the bed of water bodies, form a porous layer, increasing the infiltration of water into the ground. This increases the ground water levels.
Importance of Ganesh Chaturthi in Vaastu Shastra:
According to the Vaastu Shastra, when the Ganesh idol is placed in the North-East direction, it brings good luck and prosperity. Also only looking at the colossal idol can activate human neural system, infusing a belief that whatever is asked for in the prayer, shall be showered upon by the lord in abundance.
Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi wished his fellow citizens on this auspicious day of Ganesh Chaturthi. His tweet on social media read: “सभी देशवासियों को पावन पर्व गणेश चतुर्थी की ढेर सारी शुभकामनाएं। गणपति बाप्पा मोरया! Wishing everyone a blessed Ganesh Chaturthi.” May Lord Ganesh shower all the health, wealth, and prosperity from the heavens. And may he remove all the hurdles and obstacles crossing the path. Wishing everyone a blessed and prosperous Ganesh Chaturthi.
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