Lord Ganesha is known as ‘Vighnaharta’. ‘Vighna’ mean obstacles and ‘harta’ mean remover. Vighnaharta literally translates to ‘the remover of evils’. Hinduism strongly believes that worshiping Lord Ganesha before the beginning of any auspicious work assures that the work will be successful.
Lord Ganesha has the privilege of being the first Lord to be worshiped in any Pooja or any religious gathering. Lord Shiva, the father of Lord Ganesha had blessed him with the boon saying that “before any beginning of any pooja one, must pray Lord Ganesha and seek his blessings” Ever since then, Lord Ganesha is worshipped foremost.
Lord Ganesha’s popularity is not restricted to any caste or creed, every caste in Hinduism follows the foremost worshiping of Lord Ganesha. Ganesha’s majesty is such that all the tasks done taking the name of Lord Ganesha are free of obstacles and smooth and are lead on the path of prosperity. Lord Ganesha with his divinity, knowledge, and wisdom grace the devotees’ work with success.
Devoting oneself to Lord Ganesha doesn’t demand huge rituals or hawans being offered. Lord Ganesha is easy to appease, all he wants is sanctity and devotion from his followers. In order to please Lord Ganesha, you can follow these simple steps of worshipping Lord Ganesha at home.
- Place Lord Ganesha’s idol or simply a photo in your temple or on a neat and clean wall.
- Make the place fragrant by arranging some aromatic flowers and incense stick.
- Arrange the Prasad to Lord Ganesha by placing his favorite modaks and fruits.
- Light the place with Diya and the incense sticks.
- With devotion and sincerity recite Ganesha mantras, aarti and other bhajans of Lord Ganesha. The most famous Ganesha mantras are – Om Shri Ganeshaya Namah and Om Gam Ganpataye Namah.
- Offer modaks, fruits and other sweets to Lord Ganesha.
- Apply red tilak or sindoor on Lord Ganesha’s forehead.
- Apply the red tilak on your forehead and on those attending the pooja.
- Distribute Prasad to everyone.
Pray with dedication and faithfulness to receive the blessings of Lord Ganesha. Om Ganeshaya Namah!!!