Ganesh Chaturthi is a religious festival observed by Hindus to celebrate the birth of deity Lord Ganesha (the son of Lord Shiva and Parvati). According to the mythological anecdotes, Lord Ganesha is worshipped as the god of good fortune and prosperity. This Hindu festivity, also popularly known as Vinayaka Chavithi or Vinayaka Chaturthi in many places, commences in the month of Bhaadrapada that kicks off on the shukla chaturthi and last for 10-12 days. Celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi usually falls between 20 August and 15 September every year, and this year, Ganesh Chaturthi 2012 will be observed with fervor and zeal on September 19. It is an important festival and observed with fervour in the states of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh and South India.
Lord Ganesha is easily recognized for his elephant head irrespective of his other attributes. About his birth there are numerous myths and traditional stories.
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with great enthusiasm by the devotees across India by offering prayers and preparing sweet dishes. Markets are embellished and skilled artisans start crafting clay models of Lord Ganesha in various poses, a few months earlier of the mega-event. People install Ganesh idols in well decorated mandaps and mount fascinating Ganesh Chaturthi photors [sic] or pictures in their houses or localities to offer their prayers and celebrate the festival in the best way possible. People and devotees also install images and statues at their homes and offer prayers on this auspicious day.
I decided to go a little downtempo this morning, by selecting the Wah! piece (above) rather than offerings from MC Yogi: “Elephant Power (feat. Bhagavan Das),” “Ganesh Is Fresh (feat. Jai Uttal)” or “Ganesha (Sound The Horn)” from his new album, “Pilgrimage.”
I have written about Ganesh before. Classically, he is considered “the remover of obstacles,” but also the one who guards the threshold. His stories inspire yogīs to the extent that they speak to the crossing of thresholds in one’s own practice, one’s own development. I am especially mindful of the stories to the extent that I find myself on a threshold, not only seasonally, but also in being about to embark on my yoga teacher training with Sara Davidson Flanders.
May we each find inspiring stories as we cross important thresholds in our lives. May we mark these crossings with ceremony, thoughtfulness, dignity, and devotion.