Ganesha Chaturthi – The Birth Day Of Veghana-Harta (Obstacle-Averter) & Vegana-Karta (Obstacle-Creator For Evil Doers). Ganesh Chaturthi or Ganesh Chauth or Vinayaka Chaturthi or Ganesh Utsav would be celebrated with gaiety and enthusiasm on 13th September 2018 (Thursday). He is called the God of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. The celebrations start on Ganesh Chaturthi and continue for 10 days – called Anant Chaturdashi and also termed as the Ganesh Visarjana or Ganesha immersion in the water bodies. At the time of immersion of the idol of Lord Ganesha, the devotees, in procession, sing songs praising the Lord Ganesha up to their destination (water bodies near their homes).

On this day, the devotees keep the clay idols in their homes or in public glare in temporary made stages or pandals. Prayers in the form of Vedic hymns are chanted besides the devotees observe the fast and offerings of modak and others sweets along with Prasadam are also distributed amongst the devotees.

He is the God of fresh beginnings and He eliminates our problems or obstacles. All the business ventures start by invoking His name.  Even Gods and Demi-Gods worship Him and love Him the most. The Ganesha Chaturthi is celebrated in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Goa, Telangana, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Jammu (J&K)  and Chattisgarh.

The earliest mention of Ganapati or Ganesha or Vinayaka is found in Rigveda. In this sacred scripture, Ganesha is mentioned to be the seer amongst the seers, abounding beyond measure in food, presiding amongst the elders and being the lord of invocation. It has also been mentioned: ‘nothing nearby or afar is performed without thee’. His name also appears in many other scriptures such as Skanda Purana, Narada Purana, Brahma Purana etc.

Pieces of evidence of worship of Ganesha have been found from 5th and 8th centuries.  He has been seen with goddess Lakshmi (The Goddess of wealth and wellbeing) and Goddess Saraswati (Goddess of skill and knowledge).  Lord Ganesha consorts are Ridhi and Sidhi – having their own place as wellness of the devotees.

How the Birthday of Lord Ganesha came about?

Legend has it that Lordess Parvati created Ganesha out of sandalwood paste which was applied to Her body before taking bath. She was impressed by her own creation which ignited her curiosity of breathing / infusing life into that creation. Low and behold, the creation of Maa Parvati came to life!

Subsequently, She told him to guard the entrance to the bathroom and ordered him not to allow anybody to enter it while she took bath. All this transpired when Shiva had gone somewhere. When He returned back, Ganesha, standing guard, did not allow Him to enter. On asking who he was. Ganesha replied that he was Ganesha the son of Maa Parvati.

Lord Shiva sent His Ganas to teach the child first lesson in mannerism. As Ganesha was created by Shakti, he was very powerful besides being obedient to the core. Indira and his army of demigods too used their power to overpower Ganesha but in vain.

Now it was the turn of Narda with Saptarishis came for persuading the child for allowing Lord Shiva but it was also a futile exercise. All this infuriated Lord Shiva still further. Out of anger, He severed the head of Ganesha. When Maan Parvati came out after Her bath, she found the severed head from the body of her creation. This scene enraged her immensely. Observing her state, Lord Shiva promised to bring back to life their son. For this purpose, the demigods went in search of the person facing north. They could not find any humans. They could find only bring the elephant’s head which was fixed on the headless body. Ganesha came back to life instantly through the supernatural powers of Lord Shiva.


Previously, only Hindus used to participate in the festivities but presently there is a community participation in this festival. There is the enactment of concerts; discourses based on intellectual/spirituality related topics, skits, folk dances etc. Dahi Handi competition is another interesting and much awaited by the participants. Here prizes are also given. People of all castes, religions, and color participate in these festivities and this becomes a fertile ground for national integration and engenders understanding between different communities. All these activities have the two-fold benefit. Firstly, it enhances unity in diversity and secondly, it ensures completive fervor between people.

As Lord Ganesh is the embodiment of good tidings, people start their new businesses on this auspicious day so as to have His blessings for the success.

From the above, it is evident that this auspicious day of Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated for ensuring cohesion/unity between all the communities, encourage non-discriminatory ideas/ideals besides getting the opportunity to celebrate the auspicious occasion imbibing spiritual onward march and finally to get Lord Ganesh’s bounties of unlimited intelligence and wisdom.

The prominent temples in India are mentioned below:-

  • Shri Siddhi Vinayaka Temple, Mumbai.
  • Shrimant Dagdusheth Aalwai Ganpati Temple,
  • Kanipakam Vinayaka Temple, Chittoor.
  • Manak Ula Vinayaka Temple, Pondcherry.
  • Mathur Mahaganapathi Temple, Kerala.
  • Ranthambore Ganesh Temple, Rajasthan.
  • Moti Dungri Ganesh Temple, Jaipur.
  • Ganesh Tok Temple, Gangtok.
  • Ganapatipule Temple, Ratnagiri, Maharashra.
  • Karpaga Vinayagar Temple, Tamil Nadu.


We may call Ganesha or by any name Ganapati or Vinayaka

Or any of His 108 names like Veganna-Harta

Each has distinct meaning of its own

The most powerful deities of all who is hitherto have been known

The one who could be most easily identified

A huge and gigantic (Vikat rupa) one with the elephant head

The Bhupati – the Lords of the Gods

A Bhudhinath, (filled with wisdom) the one who is the Lord of wisdom

And is also a knowledge giver to those who worship Him

And above all Vishwaraja

The Lord of all.

Ganesha is born out of the dirt

Rubbed out of the being of Adi Shakti

The powerful Lordess Parvati

Goes to prove beyond any stretch of the imagination

A most significant lesson for us humans

That we ought not to feel egocentric about our origin

But should introspect that even dirt has the boundless power of its own

With our sincere thoughts and actions.

The collected mass of dirt was infused with pranpritishtha – Living energy

By Omnipotent and Omniscient Trinity

And with their blessing transformed Him the Vishwaraja – the Lord of all

The one who is Gunina – the master of all virtues

The most Kirpalu – the most merciful and benevolent (Kirpalu) of all

The one who removes all obstacles of His devotees

But the one who creates obstacles in the paths of evildoers

Which makes Lord Ganesha the first amongst all the deities. 

When a new project or business has to see the light of the day

Venerable one is worshipped firstly

For sure success of that venture

Or when any sacred ritual or prayer or meditation has to start

His name makes a huge difference

In the fructification of our sincere efforts.

Ganesha has two consorts

Named Ridhi and Sidhi

Ridhi is for prosperity that is required

Sidhi is for getting spiritual movement upward

Including increasing positive thoughts into actionable results.

Lord Ganesha is also worshipped

For bestowing protection

And for increasing the power of recreation

Whilst removing obstacles from one’s path

Because of Lord Ganesha

Is considered as the patron

Of sagacity and intellect in abundance

My fond prayers to Thee O Lord Ganesha

Do bestow ease, peace & grace

For all humanity

So that all live in harmony.



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  1. Huge felicitations to all on the occasion of GANESH CHATURRATHI – THE BIRTHDAY on LORD GANESHA – the lord of the WISDOM & SKILL.

    My prayers on this day (13th Sept 2018) is to bestow ease, peace and prosperity to all.



  2. Good morning and thanks for this informative article about such an important symbol of Hindu religion, my dear spiritual friend across the oceans. I always wondered what Lord Ganesh meant and why it had an elephant’s head. Now I know that he is the result of a higher authority going berserk and the proper amendment by Lord Shiva to appease his distraught wife (even gods have to bow to women’s desires) However this god of wisdom has been embraced by different castes and religions in India, which has served as a cementing material for the national identity. Moreover it can be an enabler or a blocker, depending on the predisposition of humans. This deity reminds me of Janus, the roman God of the hearth that had two faces: a smiley one for the inside and a disgruntled one for the street, as a a sign to scare away any evil-doers from the house. In order to continue acquainting some of my readers with Hindu religion and Eastern mysticism, I will take the liberty to re-blog it. How are you doing? Not taking any vacations like moi? A big hug. Arrivederci.


      May Lord GANESHA bestow us sagacity/wisdom and foresight and material prosperity according to our Karma.

      I am really overawed by your learning instinct, the inquisitive mindset and enabler self which is always ready to imbibe new information. That is why I say, the one who has the firm desire to know something will know that information.

      It can be Roman God or Eastern God, we creations are His products – though have different areas of habitations with different habits and attitudes but overall we are linked to the same SOURCE, who remain guiding us. Call that GOD by any name, but He is the A SINGLE supreme SPIRIT. We can Him BHAGWAN JI and others may call Him SUPREME LORD, Allah, WAHE GURU or any other name but He remains the same SUPER SOUL.

      Your commentary is always heartrending and impressive. There is a profusion of spirituality and Jnana, Gyan and above all wisdom.

      I am really thankful to you for sharing your ideas on spirituality and it certainly adds to my knowhow.



      1. Good morning and thanks for your adulatory commentary (be careful, I might get used to it easily) May God Almighty continue protecting your family and give you the necessary peace of mind to sit down for your great writings. A big hug. Arrivederci.


        Your kind words are really a tonic to my existence. I get solace that somebody across the ocean is there who like my writings!


      3. I’d like to remind you that I am an admirer of Thomas Merton, the Catholic priest that wrote about the necessity of our religion to detach itself from an all encompassing Cartesian rationality and re-connect with tits Eastern Mysticism’s roots. We must remember that Jesus Christ preached in Jerusalem, not in Paris or even Rome.
        A big hug. Arrivederci,

      4. My warm salute to your sharing.

        I firmly believe that whatever religion it may be, the same TRUTH is preached – the words may be different but meaning to some extent is same. In the Eastern Mysticism, and Jesus Christ’s preaching, there are so many convergence of ideas but words to convey may be slightly different but exact meaning is same; what we call meditation you call it prayer, then 10 Commandments, everything in this holy message, if followed in our lives will change the mindset of humans. When I read Bhagwat Gita and other holy scriptures, HOLY BIBLE, HOLY QURAN, GURU GRANTH SAHIB JI etc. I find the same SUPREME ONE – IK OMKAR.


  3. Reblogged this on Dr. Mario O. Laplume and commented:
    Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

    This article by my dear friend Harbans explains the significance of the Lord Ganesh ( the one with the elephant’s head) in Hinduism, I believe that it is a very interesting read, not only for didactic reasons. but also to show how the biggest democracy in the planet is trying to coalesce the different castes and religious groups into some unifying identity. May Lord Ganesh bring prosperity, spiritual and material, to all of you.
    Au revoir.

    What do you think? Please tell us.
    Don’t leave me alone,

    1. Good morning Dr. Sahib.

      I am really very thankful to you to have appraised the Blog on LORD GANESHA, the One who always is with us to infuse wisdom, tenacity, tolerance, resilience, foresight and above all saving us from the demonic forces and that is why He is termed as VEGAN HARTA (One who saves us from teh evil doers).

      I cannot leave one of my best friends across the ocean.



      1. Good morning and you’re welcome, my dear friend. I like the concept of “vegan harta” as there’s too much evil in many misguided souls in this planet. I took the liberty of adding a picture of the festival so my readers could appraise the real fervor. We need a good spiritual shield. A big hug. Arrivederci.


        Your commentary is always an inspiration for me.

        Thank you very much for sharing the blog.


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