Ganesh Chaturthi is a 10-day Hindu festival celebrating and revering the deity Ganesh. Throughout this time, statues and images of Ganesh or Ganapati are brought to publish places, and flowers, gifts, food and sweets are placed before him.
Feasts of sweets such as modak (Ganesh’s favourite) are consumed, and at the end of the festival, these statues are immersed in water, and “Ganpati Bappa Moraya, Pudhchya Varshi Lavkar Ya” is chanted (meaning ‘come back soon next year’).
Ganesh Chaturthi is the anniversary of Ganesh’s birth, and this particular deity can have important significance to everyone – Hindu or not.
Ganesh is considered the ‘remover of obstacles’, and he’s often chanted to before journeys, events or festivals, in order to help ‘remove’ any physical, emotional or psychological obstacles may be present. To use this for yourself, try chanting “Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha”, and use this chant to bring your awareness to any obstacles you may be facing in your life right now. How are you handling them? Are you acting or reacting towards them? What can you do to overcome them, and are you perhaps your own biggest obstacle?….