Ganesha Chaturthi 2015: September 17th, (IST)
Ganesha Chaturthi, a Hindu festival celebrated to tribute the birth of the elephant headed archetype Ganesha. He is well known to remove obstacles and bring good fortune. It is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi.
The festival usually takes place for 10 days during the late August or September depending upon the cycle of the Moon, starting from the 4th day after new Moon period. This year it starts from 17th September.
The festival is celebrated by initiating the installation of Ganesha Statues in homes and public spaces. Artists put months to create the statues, which are crafted beautifully and decorated. Once the statue is installed, various rituals are be performed to call upon the holy presence into the statue. Pranapratishhtha pooja is one of the rituals performed by reciting mantras to the Ganesha’s idol. Followed by the ritual, special worship will be performed. There will be offerings to Ganesha, such as coconut, sweets, food, flower and coins. At holy places of Ganesha, special proceedings and prayers are organized every day during the festival.
On the final day, the Ganesha’s statues are taken on a parade in the streets by the people and at last they sink the statues in the ocean or other water bodies. Statues are immersed in the water to remove obstacles and dissolve your problems. Also, this ritual is considered a sendoff to Ganesha.
The positions of the planets are very important to determine one’s fate. On 17th September, the Moon will be positioned in the sign Libra. Also, the planets Jupiter, Mars and the Sun will be in the 11th house from the Moon. The shadow planet Ketu will be in the 6th house.
The 11th house represents financial gains, friendship and success in any venture. The 6th house represents your responsibility, job and health.
This year Ganesha’s birthday signifies prosperity and victory.
Ganesha is the ruler of the planet Ketu, which is now positioned in the sign Pisces and in the 6th house from the Moon. Jupiter is the ruler of the sign Pisces, which is more favorable to the energy of Ketu.
People who are facing Sade Sati (7½ Years of Saturn) can worship Ganesha as he is the one who escaped Saturn’s grasp through his wit. Ganesha can give you the strength and strategy to overcome the influence of Sade Sati. People with the Moon signs Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius and Aries can worship Ganesha to reduce the malefic influence of Saturn.
Chase Away Your Troubles with Clay Ganesha Ritual:
Clay Ganesha ritual is one of the rituals performed during the Ganesha’s birthday. The idol of Ganesha is made using clay and various poojas are performed by the priests. The Vedic poojas can bring life to the idol and draw out the negative karma. At the end of Ganesha Chaturthi, clay Ganesha is dissolved in the ocean. It is believed to remove your negative karma by dissolving clay Ganesha.
The purpose of clay Ganesha is only for sacrifice. “For a change to occur a sacrifice is necessary; Dissolving Clay Ganesha is that Sacrifice”.
At Astroved, we perform this ritual on your behalf. You can sponsor a clay Ganesha idol for you and your family. Then, poojas will be performed by our priests using your name.
Smash Your Obstacles by Smashing Coconuts
In a coconut, the outer hard shell represents our physical embodiment and the inner fruit represents psychological elements. The untouched coconut water indicates spiritual energy within. In whole, the coconut represents your image.
Also, the coconut is considered as the element of the divine. Only the coconut has the three distinct eyes, which relates to the three eyes of the archetype Shiva.
Spiritually, coconut has tendency to absorb your negative energy. Hence, coconut smashing helps you to remove the negative energy which creates obstacles in your life.
At AstroVed, special ritual for smashing coconuts will be carried out. Coconuts will be smashed on your behalf to remove the obstacle in your path.
Erukku means huge milkweed. The Erukku tree is considered favorite for Ganesha. Elephants have liking for this tree due its medicinal value.
It is alleged that by offering erukku flowers to Ganesha, one shall be freed from all illness. The myth says that ones the Moon god was troubled by leprosy and was cured using erukku leaves.
The Ganesha statue craved out of the root of erukku tree brings good luck and casts away the evil.