September 13, 2018
Lord Sri Ganesha is the embodiment of the all-pervading universal energy. Worshiping Sri Ganesha on this auspicious day, Ganesha Chaturthi, will remove all obstacles and bestow the devotee with happiness and prosperity.
Ganesha or Vighneshwara is the Lord of Obstacles of material and spiritual order and His dharma is to remove obstacles and to place obstacles in the path of those who need to be checked. He could be considered as the most endearing form of all Hindu deities and His birthday; Ganesha Chaturthi, which falls on the fourth day of the bright fortnight of Bhadrapada, is celebrated with great devotion and delight.
Amma’s NEW Ganesha Chaturthi Message
It is believed that Lord Ganesha descends on the earthly plane on this particular day to bless His devotees and hence this day is known as Ganesha Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi. The significance of Ganesh Chaturthi lies in the way in which people attach themselves with all their devotion and faith to the care and pampering of the all-embracing Lord Ganesha.
On this day, people worship the Ashta Vinayakas referred to as the eight embodiments of Lord Ganesha, who abolish the negative powers of the evil elements that exist in this world. The belief that adds to the significance of Ganesha Chaturthi is that “Lord Ganesha always comes to abolish the negative forms in every period and in every age”.
Why we should worship Ganesha
There are 6 chakras in human body, the first chakra is Muladhara Chakra and Ganesh resides in this Chakra. Ganesh is the Lord of this Chakra.
To achieve Salvation through yoga, the human body faces too many obstacles before awakening the kundalini. To overcome these obstacles everyone should worship Lord Ganesha on Ganesha Chaturthi (also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi) in the month of Bhadrapada on the fourth day of the waxing moon at the time of Hasta Nakshatra.
A Special Sri Ganesha Chaturthi Nakshatra Homa will be performed at Amma’s Penusila Ashram on Sept. 13, 2018. Devotees are encouraged to take full advantage of sponsoring this homa to get abundant blessings of both Sri Ganesha and Amma Sri Karunamayi!
Sri Ganesha’s powerful energy easily overcomes all obstacles caused by planetary difficulties. This special nakshatra homa is beneficial to overcome any defects caused by your nakshatra (birth star). Sri Ganesha’s divine blessings will be showered upon you to protect you from any bad luck and remove all obstructions from your path. Enjoy new hope, abundant energy and an inspired enthusiasm for life when you participate. Sponsors of this auspicious day will be blessed with the sacred recitation of mantras on the sponsor’s names before each sponsored ceremony. After completion of the ceremony, the holy prasadam will be mailed to each sponsor.
Participate in Ganesha Chaturthi at Manidweepa
A Special Sri Ganesha Puja and Homa will be performed at Amma’s Penusila Ashram in India on September 13, 2018.
* Sponsorship will close at 11:00pm EDT on Sept. 12, 2018
Guidelines for Ganesha Chaturthi
The day before Ganesha Chaturthi, clean the area where you normally do your puja or meditation. On Ganesha Chaturthi (Sept. 13), wake up in the early hours of the morning, preferably before dawn, and take a head bath (shower and wash the hair). Put on new clothes, or at least clothes that have been freshly washed.
If you have a murti of Sri Ganesha, place it on a metal puja plate. If you don’t have a puja plate, you can use a new, unused aluminum baking tray or a new, unused paper plate. If you only have a picture of Ganesha, you can put the plate in front of the picture, and make your offerings onto the plate. If you don’t have any Ganesha image, but you have a Sri Chakra, you can offer your worship to the Sri Chakra itself.
Light a ghee lamp and offer two or three sticks of incense to Sri Ganesha. You can also offer some naivedyam, or food. Bananas, milk, jaggery, coconut, sugarcane, or sweet pongal can be offered. If you know it, you may sing Sri Ganesha Pratah Smaranam.
Worship with Sri Ganesha Ekakshara Mantra
A very simple puja is to chant the mantra “Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha” 108 times while making offerings to your Ganesha murti. There are many different offerings you can use, like red akshatas, fresh green grass blades, red sandalwood paste, red flowers, or vibhuti. To make red akshatas, take a cup of raw white rice grains and add a few drops of ghee and mix well. Add kumkum to the rice and mix again.
If Sri Ganesha is worshipped with vibhuti while chanting “Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha,” all the negative effects of the nine planets will be completely destroyed. Even the troubles caused by Saturn will be removed. Wearing that sacred ash on the forehead will eliminate all diseases and grant good health. If you offer vibhuti, it must be fresh vibhuti, not the blessed vibhuti that you have received.
If an emerald idol of Sri Ganesha is worshipped with auspicious green grass blades, this will ensure victory in all important activities and endeavors. New business endeavors will be successful, diseases can be cured, and all negativity will be destroyed. Not many will have the opportunity to worship an emerald Ganesha, but the emerald-green jade Ganesha is a good substitute for true emerald.
Worshipping a green jade (marakata) Ganesha fulfills our noble wishes and grants us a rich inner life, a divine intellect, wisdom and even moksha. When we worship a jade Ganesha, he takes care of our financial debts. Worshipping a silver Ganesha grants us long life. Worshipping a crystal (sphatika) Ganesha is wonderful for enhancing harmony between the wife and husband. All disharmony is removed and one progresses smoothly on the path of peace, devotion, and good spiritual development.
Worship with Sri Ganesha Ashtottara Sata Namavali
A slightly more difficult way to worship Sri Ganesha involves the chanting of his 108 most auspicious names, or “Sri Ganesha Ashtottara Sata Namavali.” If Sri Ganesha’s 108 Names are recited while offering red flowers, all the eight types of troubles and difficulties can be overcome. If the 108 names are chanted while offering red hibiscus flowers, poverty is completely destroyed and wealth and prosperity will increase greatly.
Harati to Sri Ganesha
At the conclusion of your puja, you can offer harati with five ghee wicks, or a single ghee light or camphor flame. The offered food and flowers or grass blades have now been tremendously blessed and energized by Sri Ganesha’s divine vibrations. The food should be eaten by family, friends, or pets. Offered flowers or grass blades can be touched to one’s eyes and sahasrara and then placed in a clean, pure place outdoors. This will give peace and healing to Mother Nature. Offered vibhuti or sandalwood paste can be saved and applied to the third eye daily. It is said in the Vedas that “Paropakarartham idam sariram”–the real purpose for this body is to help others. By worshipping Sri Ganesha on this holy day, our bodies become like pure channels for the grace of Lord Ganesha to enter into and bless the entire world. Let us all worship Sri Ganesha this Ganesh Chaturthi and attain his most loving blessings!