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all about lord ganesha the superior god in the universe.

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  1. 1. By suraj.d Chennai surajswapna1977@gmail.com
  2. 2.  Ganesh Chaturthi • How did Lord Ganesha get a broken tusk? > Main Article > Story 1 > Story 2 > History > Origins • Ganesha and the Moon  Stories • Ganesha goes around the world  The Birth of Ganesha • Gajasura • Ganesha and his mouse > Part 1 > Part 2 > Part 3
  3. 3. Gajananam Bhootha Ganadhi sevitham Aindhu karathanai aanai mugaththanai Kavitha jamboo palasara bakshitham indhi ilampirai polum aeyitranai Umasutham shoka vinayasha karana nandi magandanai nyana kozhndhinai pundhiyil vaithu adi potrugindrome Namami vigneshwara pada pankajam paalum theli thenum paagum paruppum Mooshika vahana modhaka hastha ivai naangum kalandhunakku naan tharuvein Shyamala karna vilambitha soothra kolam sei thunga karimugathu thoomaniye nee enakku sangathamizh moondrum thaa Vaamana roopa maheshwara putra vigna vinayaka pada namasthe Theeyiyum veyyon punalinum thaniyon aayinum eesan arul arivar illai Agajanana padmarkam gajananam akarnisham seyinum nallon aniya nall anbarkku aneka dantham bhaktanam eka dantam upasmahe thayinum nallon thazh sadayone Vakra thunda mahakaya suryakoti samaprabha Thiruvaarkkum sei karumam kai koottum - senjol peruvarkkum peedum perukkum uruvakkum adhalal nirvigram kurme deva sarva karyashu sarvatha vaanorum aanai mugathonai kaadhalal kooppuvar tham kai. shuklam baratharam vishnum shashi varnam chatur bhujam prasanna vadanam dhyayet sarva vigna upashanthaye
  4. 4.  Ganesha Chaturthi is the day that we celebrate Lord Ganesha.  It is celebrated on the birthday of Lord Ganesha.  This celebration normally lasts 10 days.  Ganesha is the god of wisdom and the remover of all obstacles.  There are many stories associated with Lord Ganesha.  I will show some of them in the stories section of this presentation.  Back to Contents
  5. 5.  Ganesha Chaturthi is one of India’s most celebrated holidays.  It usually starts on the forth day of the waxing moon period (usually between August 20 and September 15).  The festival usually lasts 10 days.  Almost all families in India celebrate this holiday.  They decorate statues of Ganesha lavishly and do poojas dedicated to him.  People make sweets to offer to Lord Ganesha.  The sweets normally consist of ladoos, rice pudding, and different foods depending on where you live.  Temples normally make statues to be released into a nearby river.  Back to Contents
  6. 6.  The first public Ganesh Chaturthi was first celebrated in 1989 in Pune, India.  This celebration was put together by Bal Gangadhar Tilak.  Before that the Ganesh Chaturthi was celebrated by everybody in their own homes.  Back to Contents
  7. 7. Stories About Lord Ganesha
  8. 8. The Legend is that Lord Ganesha was created by Parvati using turmaric powder. Parvati wanted a son that would be loyal to her. So she shaped the powder into the shape of her wanting, strong and beautiful, and then brought him to life. Later when Parvati was going to bathe she gives Ganesha a staff and tells him to not let anybody in without permission. After a while Shiva comes and wonders who the mysterious boy was, as he tries to enter Parvati’s living quarters Ganesha stops him. Shiva tries to explain him that Parvati is his wife but Ganesha ignores him and refused to let Shiva into his home. Shiva becomes furious and tries to battle him, Shiva realizes that he was no ordinary boy so he sends his followers to try to defeat the boy, but instead they were defeated by Ganesha.  Back to Contents
  9. 9. Shiva asks the boy who he was and he replies by saying that “I am the son of Parvati and says no one can enter here without my mothers permission”. Shiva then grow furious and sends his entire army to fight the little boy and yet Ganesha prevails with the help of Kali and Durga. After that Shiva asks Vishnu to come and help him. In the battle Shiva goes furious that he throws his trident as Ganesha and beheads him. Parvati grieves for Ganesha’s death and she decides to destroy the world but Brahma asks for mercy and to not destroy the world. Parvati agrees but only under two conditions, that her son comes back to life and that he is worshipped before any other god. Shiva apologizes and the sends Brahma to go North and bring him the head of the first animal they encounter. Brahma soon returns with the head of an elephant.(The head of Gajasura)  Back to Contents
  10. 10. Brahma fitted the head of the elephant to the boy and sprinkled water on him. Ganesha awake with the head of an elephant on his shoulders. Parvati goes and embraces her son. Shiva then confronts Parvati and announces that from then on the boy shall be named Ganesha, the chief of Shiva’s Ganas, and Vigneshwar, the remover of all obstacles. Shiva also says that Ganesha will be worshipped before any god.  Back to Contents
  11. 11. While Shiva went to go and rest in his room, he told Ganesh to keep guard. After a while Purshuram a pupil and a devotee of Lord Shiva came and asked entrance so he may speak with Lord Shiva. Lord Ganesh obeying his father did not let Purshuram in. They started to fight using words as their weapons, but finally Purshuram had enough and he throws his ax at Ganesh. Ganesha did not want to fight back on the respect of knowing that the ax was a gift that Purshuram had gotten from his father. The ax hit Ganesha on one of his tusks and broke it off. In the commotion Shiva and Parvati come out and see what Purshuram did. Purshuram asks for mercy and forgiveness. After Ganesha is revived by his father he forgives Purshuram.  Back to Contents
  12. 12. When Sage Ved Vyasa comes up with the idea of Mahabharat he looks around to find someone who would write the story down as he recited them. He decides to ask Ganesha to do it for him. Ganesha agrees to do it. To write the script Ganesha breaks off a tip of his tusk.  Back to Contents
  13. 13. Lord Ganesha loved to eat sweets, especially pudding and ladoos. On one of his birthdays he goes around getting as many sweets as he could. After he ate to his full Ganesha set off to his house on his loyal companion, his mouse. On the way home the mouse sees a snake and gets frightened. Because of this Lord Ganesha slips off of the mouse and falls. Because of the fall Lord Ganesha’s stomach bursts open allowing all of the pudding and ladoos to fall out. Lord Ganesha puts all the sweets back into his belly and ties the snake that had scared the mouse around his belly. The moon who had seen all of this happen laughed. Lord Ganesha got mad at the moon and hurled one of his tusks at the moon. He then put a curse on the moon, saying that whoever looked at the moon on Chaturthi day, Ganesha’s birthday, would get bad luck.  Back to Contents
  14. 14. One day Kumaraswami, Ganesha’s brother, comes to Shiva and gives him a fruit and tells him to give it to his favorite son. Shiva decides to give them a test to decide who was his favorite son. He tells them both to go around the world as fast as they can. Kumaraswami instantly hops onto his steed, a peacock, and sets off. When he comes back he finds that Ganesh had already finished the task. Kumaraswami knew that Ganesha was slow and asked him how he had finished before him. Ganesha replied by saying “My mother and father are my world, they are my universe, I just went around them”.  Back to Contents
  15. 15. Gajasura was an elephant demon. Gajasura was also a great devotee of Shiva. So one day he started to pray to Lord Shiva to get a boon. After some years Shiva appeared to grant a boon. Gajasura asks that Shiva reside inside his stomach, and Shiva accepted. Later Parvati started to get worried because she did not see Shiva anywhere. Parvati went and asked Lord Vishnu to go and search for Shiva. Vishnu disguised himself as a street player and took Nandi, Shiva’s steed, to go and search. After a long time they finally found Gajasura and asked him to release Shiva. Gajasura accepted but only if Vishnu gave him one more boon. He asked Vishnu to make him immortal, and Vishnu agreed. Later when Ganesha lost his head Shiva sent them to get the head of the first animal they encounter knowing that it would be Gajasura the elephant. When Gajasura’s head was attached to Ganesha became immortal granting the boon he had asked for.  Back to Contents
  16. 16.  Story 1 Gajamukha, a demon, did prayer to Lord Shiva and got a boon that would make him invincible. Gajamukha started to terrorize the heaven. The gods not knowing what to do sent for Ganesha. Ganesha starts to do battle with the demon by growing big. After a while Ganesha realizes that Gajamukha couldn’t be defeated so he turns him into a big mouse and makes him his steed.  Story 2 Once in the court of Indira, the king of Devas, Krauncha insulted the sage Vaamedeva and for that he was cursed and turned into a mouse by the sage. Then Krauncha went and wrecked havoc in the dwelling of the sage Paraashara. Paraashara asked Ganesha to come and save his house. Ganesha came and brought the mouse under his control and made him his steed.  Back to Contents
  17. 17. The Remover Of Obstacles
  18. 18. Oh Ganapati! One with a curved trunk, a large body, and a brilliance equal to millions of suns! O Lord, please make all my undertakings free from obstacles always.
  19. 19.  One of the most revered Gods in Hinduism  Considered as the remover of obstacles  The God of domestic harmony and success  Always involved first in any Hindu ceremony or festival  Known by various names  Ganesh  Ganapati  Vinayak
  20. 20. Lord Shiva is His father Goddess Parvati His mother Lord Kartikeyan is His brother Mouse is His vehicle Intelligence is His power
  21. 21.  Shiva Purana  Parvati creates Him out of clay  A battle with Shiva  Loses His head and Parvati laments  Shiva replaces the head with elephants head  Brahma Vaivarta Purana  Parvati observes a fast to appease Vishnu  When Ganesha is born, all Gods and Goddesses are invited  Shani refuses to look at Ganesha  Finally looks and thus severs Ganesha’s head  Vishnu fixes an elephants head
  22. 22.  Parashuram goes to visit Shiva  Ganesha again blocks Parashuram’s way  Parashuram throws an axe which breaks Ganesha’s tusk  While scribing Mahabharat, He broke His pen  To coninue, He broke his tusk and used it as pen  While riding His mouse, He fell and broke His tusk  Moon laughed at Him and got cursed
  23. 23.  Known as Omkara as His body mirrors the embodiment of the cosmos
  24. 24. Think Big Listen more Concentrate To cut off all worldly bondages, removes To pull you nearer obstacles towards the goal Talk less Retain good throw bad, sacrifice Blesses & protects on Adaptability path to elevation Continuous pursuit of Peacefully digest all knowledge good and bad of life Keep desires and mind under control Discover sweetness of Aatman
  25. 25.  The end  Suraj.d from chennai  surajswapna1977@gmail.com  www.suraj.d.8k.com/lord ganesha/surajlordganeshapage.html  Thanks for downloading my presentation.  Expecting your reply and views soon.