Ganesha worship is one of the oldest forms of practice in Hinduism,
mentioned in the Vedas and Agamas. The Supreme Reality manifests Himself
["Itself"] in the various forms of Avathara, without ceasing
to be Himself. Ganesha is a manifestation of the Supreme Reality,
for the protection of the pious and destruction of the evil in the
forms of many "Asuras."
represents the Pranava Manthra "OM" and is called
"Pranava Swaroopa." He is also called "Jyeshta Rajan"
and "Brahmanaspathi." He is said to have started the languages,
the written scripts and has written the Mahabharatha for Sri Veda
Vyasa with His tusk.
to the Upanishads and Puranas, He is said to have had several manifestations,
some even before the Trinity of Gods, Siva, Vishnu and Brahma, at
the early time of the creation of the Universe. Some of these manifestations
are described as Ganesha, the Son of Sri Parvathi and Sri Siva. Some
of them are depicted with two consorts, Siddhi and Bhuddhi. Here,
as Sri Ganesha is said to represent the Jñana or wisdom, Siddhi
is Kriya Sakthi or the actions or deeds and Bhuddhi is the Iccha Sakthi
Ganesha is worshipped from the Vedic period. He is prayed specially
before the beginning of all actions including any new rituals and
prayer services according to Veda and Agama, to remove the obstacles
and protect the devotees in the performance of all their activities.
So, in prayers to Sri Ganesha, one need to perform all their Karmas
sincerely with full faith within the rules of Dharma, and Sri Ganesha
will protect you and remove any obstacles for your success.
are several days in the month according to the phase of the moon or
star position which are important for each of the Deity we worship.
The Fourth day after New Moon every month [Sukla paksham] - Chathurthi
is very important for Sri Ganesha. The Fourth day after the Full moon
day [Krishna paksham] is called Sankatahara Chathurthi day and is
auspicious for special pooja and Havan [Homam] for Sri Ganesha.
Sukla Chathurthi day of the month Bhadrapada [Aavani] is celebrated
as Sri Ganesha Chathurthi day, an annual festival of one to ten days,
to mark the day of one of the manifestation of Sri Ganesha. He accepts
prayers with offerings of all types of flowers, leaves, grass and
all fruits and foods. However, He is not offered Thulasi for prayer
at any time except on Ganesha Chathurthi day.