Maha Ganapati

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Tuesdays are dedicated to worship Lord Ganesha and visit near by Ganesha Temples and seeks blessings. Recite Ganesha Purana, Mudgala Purana which helps in connecting with Lord Ganesha spiritually.

Lord Ganesha is the lord of success and wisdom and is believed to be the remover of obstacles. One of the most popular deities among Hinduism, Lord Ganesha graces devotees with knowledge, spiritual success and power. He is in fact one among the five prime deities of Hinduism. The other four are – Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and Durga. According to Hinduism, it is believed that before beginning any auspicious work Lord Ganesha should be worshipped.

Shloka

ॐ गणानां त्वा गणपतिं हवामहे
कविं कवीनामुपमश्रवस्तमम् ।
ज्येष्ठराजं ब्रह्मणाम् ब्रह्मणस्पत
आ नः शृण्वन्नूतिभिःसीदसादनम् ॥
ॐ महागणाधिपतये नमः ॥

Om Gannaanaam Tvaa Ganna-Patim Hava-Amahe
Kavim Kaviinaam-Upama-Shravas-Tamam |
Jyessttha-Raajam Brahmannaam Brahmannas-Pata
Aa Nah Shrnnvan-Nuutibhih-Siida-Saadanam ||
Om Mahaa-Ganna-Adhipataye Namah ||

Om, O Ganapati, To You Who are the Lord of the Ganas (Celestial Attendants or Followers), we Offer our Sacrificial Oblations, You are the Wisdom of the Wise and the Uppermost in Glory, You are the Eldest Lord (i.e. ever Unborn) and is of the Nature of Brahman (Absolute Consciousness); You are the Embodiment of the Sacred Pranava (Om), Please come to us by Listening to our Prayers and be Present in the Seat of this Sacred Sacrificial Altar. Om, our Prostrations to the Mahaganadhipati (the Great Lord of the Ganas).

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Astrologically speaking Wednesday is the best day for worshipping Lord Ganesha. Wednesday is the day of planet Mercury – the planet for success and Lord Ganesha is also the lord of success. Astrologers believe that if Mercury is weak in your horoscope you must worship Lord Ganesha whole heartedly on Wednesdays for fruitful results. By doing so Lord Ganesha would bless you with luck and fortune.

Hindus offer their prayers to the elephant-headed God before conducting any Puja or beginning a new project. Even in wedding invitation cards, the lord’s name is first mentioned so as to prevent obstacles during the ceremony.mahaganapati

Devotees take shower in the morning. Then, pray the Ganesha with Red flowers, incense stick and offer fruits and modak as naivedyam. Devotees end the fasting after making offerings to the deity. Chant any ganesha mantra and pray with dedication to receive the blessings of Lord Ganesha.

However, some communities might be worshipping other deities on Tuesday. For example, in South India the day is dedicated to Skanda or Murugan or Kartikeya. But in most regions Tuesday is dedicated to Ganesha and Hanuman. So devotees visit any Ganesha Temple nearby and offer Modak, Dhruva grass, Calotropis flower but donot offer Tulsi leaves to Ganesha.

Mahaganapati (Sanskrit: महागणपति, mahā-gaṇapati, literally “Ganesha, the Great”), also spelled as Maha Ganapati is an aspect of the Hindu god Ganesha. He is the representation of Ganesha as the Supreme Being and is the most important deity of the Ganesha-centric Ganapatya sect. He is one of the most popular of the thirty-two forms of Ganesha.


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