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Am a contradiction of sorts. i love going out and having a good time with friends, and i can also stay home chill out over a book or a movie.. Am very passionate about writing, so give me a topic and watch me float away into wonderland... I Am crazy about music,books,friends and my doggie... :)

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Vinayaka Chathurthi is here...

We chant this prayer , receive blessings and then begin any new task- it could be going to school, starting work, a new home, birthday, and just about everything else in life!! The elephant God or Ganesha is the most preferred God by many, including yours truly!   

The Huge Ganesha idol in Halebeedu  

Gajaananam bhoodha ghanaathi sevitham
    kabhitha jamboo palasara pakshitham
    umaasutham sokha vinaasakaranam
    namaami vigneswara paadha pankajam   
    The Meaning of this slokha

    Meaning: He who has the face of an elephant, one who is worshipped by the Bhooda ganam, He who eats the  essence of kabitha and Jumbu fruits, He who is the son of Uma Devi and He who alliuiates the ill fellings in us. O! Lord Vigneshwara who is an embodiment of all the above, we offer our Namaskarams at your Divine feet.

    "The whole cosmos is known to be the belly of Ganesha. Parvati is the primordial energy. The seven realms above, seven realms below and seven oceans, are inside the cosmic belly of Ganesha, held together by the cosmic energy (kundalini ) symbolized as a huge snake which Ganesha ties around Him. The mouse is nothing but our ego. Ganesha, using the mouse as a vehicle, exemplifies the need to control our ego. One who has controlled the ego has Ganesha consciousness or God-consciousness."

We chant this prayer , receive blessings and then begin any new task- it could be going to school, starting work, a new home, birthday, and just about everything else in life!! The elephant God or Ganesha is the most preferred God by many, including yours truly! He is my friend, foe and family... There are times when i am ranting raving, and other times when am cursing him for something that happened.. And ofcourse there is the joy of sharing good news with him as well!! Did i mention i also collect Ganesha? yep!!

"Ganesha is also known as first worshipped God of Hindu. He is the god of wisdom and success. For the fulfillment of desires, the Ganesha’s blessing is very essential. There are numerous stories in Hindu legends are connected with Ganesha, the birth of this elephant-headed god whose vehicle is the Mooshak (rat) and who loves Modaks.

According to one legend, Parvati formed Ganesha from the sandalwood dough which she used for her breathed life into him. When she went to have her bath, he stood as guard at the door. When her husband, Shiva arrived the child who had never seen him stopped him. That time Shiva became angry and severed the head of the child and went in his house. When Parvati knew that her son was dead, distraught, then she asked Shiva to revive him. So, Shiva cut off the head of an elephant and set it on the body of Ganesha."

Every year, we bring home a Ganesha idol made of Clay, perform a small pooja, buy lot of fruits, prepare sweet offerings and celebrate the Birthday of Ganesha or Ganesh Chathurthi as it is called! But this year, we dint celebrate at home, atleast at grandparents place and uncle's place[granpa's bro had passed away recently]..Gramma did do a small pooja and we prayed to the various Ganesha's around our home!!  But mom did, and she brought us yummy Kozhukattais, appam, and vadai.... 
I made the lunch, a simple one at that!!
-Pal payasam
-Tomato and Capsicum Sambar
-Beans curry
-Idly for gramma...

Normally, on this day, we go on a drive in the evening visiting various temples, and trying to catch a glimpse of the various diferent kinds of Ganeshas in the city.. Big tall idols, small idols, decorated ones, and so on...

In the evening, the Ganesha idol from the temple at the corner of our street is brought around on his chariot, making a stop at most homes to offer blessings to residents..Its is a lovely sight

 All these pictures were taken at home.. of idols scattered across the rooms!! There are more, but alas, my camera batt died.. will click and upload rest tonight!!

Have a Lovely Chathurthi and weekend all!!


Lakshmi said...

enjoy the festival..just one thought-maybe the music shd match the spirit of the festival

pallavi said...

Happy Vinayaka chaturthi to you and your family, Aaroo. and btw, where can I find your entire list of Mp3 songs? U seem to have the best collection in town!!

rauf said...

anyway, three fouths of the world believes in myths, pretty harmless myths unlike the 9/11 myth Orteedee.
Today 9/11 ? yes.

Had kolukattai and Sundall Sathya my friend brought. yumms. she made those for todays pooja.

started a Chennai blog for my friends Orteedee, have to make lot of changes, still not happy with the template and page layout.

goin to bangalore and coorg, i'll come back and change the layout. The blog does not appear on my profile. its just for my friends who are living abroad, they have been demanding it. They are pissed off with Daylight Again.

Nautankey said...

I came across a painting of ganesha..6 packs abs and fully decked with war gear..was totally different as we have had this cute n shweet image of ganesha...hope someone does a statue of it

AswathiBabu said...

loved your collections and very nice post

Aaarti said...

@lakshmi - I wanted to change the music to suit the post, but this is a widget that plays all mp3 songs i've chosen.. let me see how i can change it...

Aaarti said...

Pal- Thanks n hope you had a good one too!! :)
haha..thanks for the compliment on the songs, well, these too change depending on my mood. nxt time will burn u a cd n give.. cant think of any other way of sharing

Aaarti said...

Rauffeee-- ur always promot with ur replies, maketh me feel guilty for not reading some of ur posts....saw ur Kerala pics n post!!

have fun n take care in Coorg...:))

How was Ramzan? always remember the dinner i had at ur place few yrs ago..

Aaarti said...

Vinod-- whooopieee... ur alive!! hahah...

Now, i wud love to see that ganesha.. enga patha??? eppadi irukka?

Aaarti said...

@AswathiBabu - hi there.. n thank u!!

UmaS said...

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to you and your family. :)

The kozhukattai is the fav at home...sometimes the poornam gets gobbled up, before made into kozhukattais. ;) ;)

Do u make ammani kozhukattais with the left over rice flour ??? Thats another fav snack on that evening. :)

Anu said...

nice one..was thinking of writing something with the slokam too, but you beat me to it! and heres another thing we share... collection of ganeshas... i have lots of them too, but most are in my mom's house, since there isnt enough place here for them yet!!!

Aaarti said...

Uma- yes, gramma makes those little ones.. milagai podi pottu ammani kozhukatais.. this yr nothing at home.. only what amma brot... :)

Aaarti said...

Anu- i want to be in bombay for ONE chathurthi celebration atleast... would love to see the fanfare and the vibrancy!! here it is so quiet, nothing much....

I have a few, all hidden away upstairs.. cos thatha n mama love keeping flowers.. n am the kind who steers clear from it...err umm hate jasmine! :)

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