Ganesh Chaturthi: Why Lord Ganesha Worshipped at the Start of Any Work



Ganesh Chaturthi, an auspicious festival, falls on Friday, September 10. Lord Ganpati followers will undertake a thorough ceremonial puja to honour the Lord on the auspicious day. On this day, people are said to pray to him in hopes of receiving wisdom, fortune, and success.

The day occurs on the Chaturthi tithi of the Shukla Paksha of the Bhadrapada month, according to the Hindu Vedic Calendar known as the Panchang. The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi will be observed this year from August 31 to September 9. In some states, the holiday is more fortunate than in others, yet it is very important to Hindus all over India.

Why Lord Ganpati worshipped at beginning of any puja or auspicious event

According to Hindu mythology, one-day Goddess Parvati asked Lord Ganpati to keep an eye on her chamber. Ganesha, being the dedicated son that he was, did his duty diligently and ensured that no one bothered his mother. Everything was fine until his father, Lord Shiva, expressed his desire to enter the chambers.

Lord Ganpati, who had promised his mother that he would guard the chambers, refused Lord Shiva entry. Lord Shiva became enraged and severed Lord Ganesha’s head. When Goddess Parvati learned of this, she became enraged and told Lord Shiva that if her son was not brought back to life, she would destroy the universe.

As a result, Lord Shiva replaced Lord Ganesha’s head with the head of the first animal head he could get, an elephant. He also gave his words to Parvati, promising her that their son will be worshipped before all other lords.

Another mythological story associated with this is the race between Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikeya. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are said to have told both of their sons to travel the world and return to Mount Kailasha.

The deal, as with all other races, was that whoever won the race would be awarded with whatever they desired. When Lord Kartikeya heard this, he set out to travel the entire world, while Lord Ganesha performed a parikrama around his parents and declared that the two of them are his world. His parents were moved by his love and promised him that he would be worshipped at the start of any puja or auspicious activity.

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