Ganpati Bappa Morya! Mangal Murti Morya!
वक्रतुण्ड महाकाय सुर्यकोटि समप्रभ I
निर्विघ्नं कुरु मे देव सर्वकार्येषु सर्वदा II
To the most benevolent Lord of all, he who has a prodigious physique and an arched trunk, he who is radiant like million powerful suns, always keep me and my every endeavor free of all obstacles, it is my humble request.
Ganesh Chaturthi commemorates the rebirth of Lord Ganesha. This holy festival falls in the month of the Bhaadrapada according to the ancient Hindu calendar and between mid August and mid September otherwise. For ten days beautifully decorated idols of Lord Ganesha are worshipped with great gusto. On the eleventh day, these idols are immersed in the sea. But, before Lord Ganesha is sent back to Mount Kailash via sea, these colossal statues are taken through the streets with equal pomp and show. Even though Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated all over India, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Odisha, and Gujrat are few Indian states where the impact is much more.
Some families celebrate Vinayaka Chaturthi at their homes with same rituals and traditions. On a fortunate occasion such as this, it is most excellent to take appropriate gifts when you visit them. Don’t let the gifting dilemma baffle you; here are some ideas which you can use:
Lord Ganesha Idols: No doubt this is the first choice of gifts because with Him comes prosperity and good fortune. These days idols are available in a variety of materials, starting from terracotta to metal; decorated or non-decorated.
Silverware: Silver is considered auspicious which is why, silver utensils are often used for the puja ceremony. Other than that, silverware has a regal feel to it and are great to look at any given day.
Home Décor Items: You can never go wrong with these gifts. Everybody loves to decorate both interiors and exteriors of their houses in new and innovative styles. The choice of items is quite wide so choose wisely. Gifting Good Luck Bamboo is also something you can consider.
Sweets and Dry fruits: No occasion is complete without sweets and if it Lord Ganesha’s birthday you are celebrating, there has to be His favourite modak or ladoos.
Since time immemorial, devout Hindus have been worshipping Lord Ganesha to get deliverance from evil and other hindrances. That is the reason He is also known as Vighnaharta, the defeater of obstacles. He is wise, lover of arts and sciences and so kind that it is believed that nobody goes away empty handed. The one who blesses us before and throughout every new beginning we make!