November 22, 2008

Ganesh puja - Details - Part -3 -GANESH STORIES

(Hold akshathas throughout the vratha kadha, after completion, these akshathas are to be put on your head)

In ancient days, Dharma Raj - belonging to Chandra dynasty, lost all his property and kingdom due to his cousings foul games. Along with his wife and brothers, he stayed in forests. One day in the forest he reached “Naimisaranya” where he met sage “Sootha” who was preaching epical secrets to his co-hermits like “sounak”. Dharma Raj saluted the sage and told his difficulties including losing properties and kingdom. Dharma Raj prayed Sootha to guide about any pooja or vratha that can enable him to regain all his property and kingdom. Pleased by his obedience, “sootha” told Darma Raj, that he can get back all his properties, if he performs the “vinayaka vrath”. He explained the vratha kadha as follows:

Once, kumaraswamy visited lord Siva and requested “Oh father! Please tell me a vratha, that can fulfill all the aspirations of mankind, flourish their families, and enjoy their lives peacefully”. Lord siva replied , “Oh my son! There is a pooja called vinayak vrath and on performing this pooja, people will be blessed with prosperity, with increase in their life span and they can achieve all their goals”. This pooja is to be perormed on ‘chavithi’, the 4th day in the month of ‘Bhaadrapadh’, as per Telugu calendar , by getting up early in the morning ,finishing their regulars, and taking oil bath.

An idol of ‘vinayaka’ is to be made either with gold, silver or clay depending on their capacity. This is to be placed in the north side of the house, on a prepared portico (mandapa), this portico is to be prepared with rice upon which a rangoli of eight leaved flower (Ashta Dala Padmam) is put . Now pooja is to be performed with akshatha, folwers and leaves, Dhoop and deep (jyothi) .

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Sugar cane,Black-plum(neredu), wood-apple(velaga)- 21 fruits of each of these varieties is to be offered. The pooja is to be concluded with devotional songs, dances, and music recitations. Pandits and priests to be honoured. After wards, feast to be had along with relatives and well wishers. Next day in the morning again after finishing bath, pooja is to be re-performed(punah-puja) and priests are to be honoured. Who ever performs this pooja, will be blessed by Ganapathi, all their aspirations will be accomplished. This vratha is stated to be the best of all others, and lauded by, gods, hermits and Gandharvas and performed by all of them. This was stated to ‘Kumara swamy’ by “lord siva”. Dharma Raj was advised by Sootha to do likewise to defeat his rivals and to get back all his lost property.Previously Damayanthi the princess of “Vidarbha” was able to marry king “Nala” by performing this pooja. Lord Krishna performed this pooja and blessed with Samanthaka Mani (a powerful gem) along with two virgins Jaambavathi and Satya Bhama. Sootha proceeded to say the story as followed:

In olden days, an elephant-faced demon named “Gajaanana” performed penance (meditation) about lord siva. Pleased by his penance, lord siva appeared before “Gajaanana”. He praised siva and requested him to reside in his (Gajaanana’s) stomach. Lord siva accepted his request and stayed in the stomach. Goddess parvathi started searching lord siva and came to know that, he is in the stomach of “Gajanana”. She prayed lord Vishnu for the rescue of Siva. Lord Vishnu discussed with Brahma and other gods and planned to kill “Gajasura”. They decorated Nandeeswara. Brahma and other gods have costumed as musicians. Vishnu turned him self as main musician to the group. They went to “Gajasura pura” and gave melodious music recitals along with beautiful feats of the “Nandeeswara”. Gajasura came to know about the program and invited them to his place to give a recital. The team presented a very good program, by which “Gajasura” was pleased very much and asked them about their wish if any. Sree Hari approached Gajasura and requested him, this Nandi , the carrier of Siva and came to find where abouts of Siva. They requested to hand over Siva. Gajaasura was stunned by the words of Srihari and came to know that he is the killer of demon and death is inevitable to him.
Decided not to deviate from his promise,Gajaasura prayed Siva who is in his stomach, ‘Oh lord Siva! Please make my head respectable by the universe and please wear my skin. Then he asked Srihari to take out Siva from his stomach. Srihari provoked Nandi and Nandi torn out Gajasura’s stomach with his horns and killed him. Siva came out and praised Vishnu. Lord Vishnu advised Siva that you should not give boons to the evil doers and demons. That is like feeding a snake with milk. Srihari left to vaikuntha after a fare well to Brahma and Siva left to his kailas on his Nandi

Birth of vinayaka

In kailas, Parvathi heard the arrival of her husband and felt very happy. She thought of completing her bath to welcome him. While doing so, unmindedly she prepared a small toy in the shape of a boy. She had given life to that toy with the help of “mantra” which she learnt from her father. She put that handsome boy for watching and went in side. Mean while, lord Siva came. He was halted by the boy, and not allowed to go in. Lord Siva came in a rage, towards the restriction for him in his house itself. He cut off the boy’s head and went inside. Parvathi came to know the event that took place and felt sad of it. Siva also felt sorry for the untoward incident and immediately he joined the head of ‘Gajaanana’ that was available with him. He also attributed the foreverness and respectability from all over the universe. Ganesh became the loved one of Siva and Parvathi. After wards kumara swamy was born to Siva &Parvathi.

Vigneswara’s Domination

Once upon a day gods, hermits and human praised Siva and prayed him to give a leader of obstacles. Gajaanana (Ganesh) appealed father to give leader ship to him, since he is the elder son. Kumara swamy claimed it should be given to him on the plea that, his brother is not an able one, shorter and incapable. Siva had put a competition to both his sons that “who ever take a bath in all sacred rivers and comes to him first, will get the leader ship. Kumara swamy rushed off immediately to complete the task. But Gajaanana became mum and dull, in a feeling that he is not fast enough to win the competition. He prayed his father to suggest any wayout to win the competition .Pleased by Vinayaka’s obedience and cleverness Siva taught him ‘Narayana mantra’. ‘Naara’ means water ie; water will be under control of ‘Narayana’, in turn in the control of naraayana mantra. Chanting the mantra, Vinayaka started doing ‘pradakshinas’ to his parents Siva and Parvathi. Owing to the effect of mantra, vinayaka appeared of completing bath at every sacred river, prior to the arrival of Kumara swamy. Like wise it so happened in 3 crore 50 lakh rivers. Surprised by the fact, he arrived at kailas, where in he found Vinayaka was standing beside Siva. Making pranaam to Vinayaka he apologized his father and said “Oh father! Not knowing the capacity of brother, I asked for the leadership. Please forgive me and entrust leadership to brother”.

Contributed By Suryanarayana Murthy amrutavakkula & Ramakrishna Payidipalli & Varalakshmi Amrutavakkula

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