Lord Ganesha God (गणेश जी भगवान) : Ganesha is the first God to be venerated in any spiritual observance. His stories and legends are well known to devotees in Hindu tradition.
Although, Lord Ganesha is considered to be the greatest among all Hindu Gods and Goddesses. He earned the right of being worshipped before and other Hindu Gods and Goddesses by showing deep respect for his parents namely Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. His act of encircling his parents namely Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati demonstrated that for a child, his parents are the only world.
He is supposed to be Leader of God-groups which has made him earn the name of “leader of groups (Ganapati)”. He is also known as Vinayaka or the one who removes all obstacles from the path of righteous pursuits and journeys. This has made him the God to be revered first before any holy worship or Puja.
All yajnas and spiritual undertakings are performed after Lord Ganesha’s remembrance. Although, He is venerated by all the Gods.
Puja vidhi vidhan
Have a look the live video by our Purohit Acharya Dharam Singh Shastri. He narrates the story why Lord Ganesha is considered to be the Leader of Gods. Once upon a time, all the gods got into argument that who is the greatest god among all the gods. To get an answer all the gods approached to Lord Vishnu. hence, Lord Vishnu gave the following task to all the lords:
“The one who encircles the world first shall be the greatest of all almighty”
Therefore, All the gods sat on their vehicle in a race to encircle the world first. Although, lord Ganesha whose vehicle was a rat thought that it would be impossible for him to encircle the earth on this mouse. Lord Ganesha who has intelligently sat on his mouse and encircled his parents. Since then lord Ganesha is considered to be the greatest of all.
Go through the video to know more about Lord Ganesha’s greatness.
Pujas mantra are as under :
ॐ भूर्भुव: स्वः । सिद्धि बुद्धि सहितम महा गणपतये नमः ।
नमस्ते ब्रह्मरूपाय विष्णुरुपाय ते नमः, नमस्ते रुद्र रूपाय करि रूपाय ते नमः / विश्व रूप स्वरूपाया नमस्ते ब्रह्मचारिने । भक्त प्रियाय देवाय नमस्तुभ्यं विनायक लंबोदर नमस्तुभ्यं सततम मोदकप्रिय । निर्विघ्न कुरु मे देव सर्व कार्येषु सर्वदा ॥
त्वाम विघ्न शत्रु दलनेती च सुंदरेती, भक्त प्रियेती सुखदेती वरप्रदेती । विध्या प्रदेत्य घहरेती च ये स्तुवंती, तेभ्यो गणेश वरदों भव नित्यमेव ॥
ॐ केशवाय नमः ॐ नारायण नमः और माध्वाय नमः ॐ हिरिकेशाय नमः ॥
ॐ गजाननंभूत गनादि सेवितम कपित्थ जंबू फल चारुभक्षरम । उमा सुतम शोक विनाशकारकम नमामि विघ्नेश्वर पादपंकजम ॥
ॐ गं गणपतये नमः । ॐ सिद्धि विनाय काय नमः ॥ इत्यादि मंत्र ।
May Lord Ganesha bless you and your family.
Why Lord Ganesha is Greatest of All?
by Acharya Dharam Shastri
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