Friday, September 03, 2004

Ganesh Chaturthi - Puja for Lord Ganesha

On the festival morning, devotees listen to the legends related to Lord Ganesha. As a part of the prayer, one hundred and eight different names of Lord Ganesh are chanted. One flower is placed on his idol as each of his names is chanted. Lord Ganesha’s favorite snack is supposed to be modak (a ball shaped pudding). They are prepared by the dozens on the Ganesh Chaturdashi day and placed before his idol, before they are consumed by the devotees.

Ganesha’s importance in the Hindu pantheon is underlined by the fact that no prayer in Hindu religion can be performed without first invoking his name. ‘Om’ the chief mantra of Hindu religion, in fact, refers to Lord Ganesha. So even Vaishnavites (devotees of Lord Vishnu) worship him before starting any prayer.

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