Why Do We Worship Lord Ganesh And Goddess Laxmi Mata Together on Diwali / Tihar Festival of Hindu?


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Reasons Why Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesh are Worshipped Together!!

Reasons Why Do We Worship Ganesh And Laxmi Together on Diwali or Tihar or Dipavali festival of Hindu: – Goddess Laxmi and God Ganesh are both highly worshipped god in the Hindu culture. Every household celebrating Hindu culture has idols or photos of Goddess Laxmi as well as God Ganesh.

Both Gods are well worshipped together and one after another at various other festivals and especially at Diwali it is almost a well establish ritual to place them together and worship them together to ensure the successful completion of the ritual.

It is believed that placing and worshipping these both together will bring prosperity in the house and it will ensure that blessing of the God is forever remains with the household.

You might have also seen people worshipping both the gods at their new shops or new venture. You might have also seen a producer thanking God Ganesh and Laxmi in their new production.

The interesting part of this ritual is that Goddess Laxmi and Ganesh both are very different God representing different aspects of our lives and taking care of humanity in their own ways.

The lord with the curved trunk and a mighty body,

Who has the magnificence of a million suns?

I pray to you Oh Lord, to remove the obstacles

From all the action I intend to perform

!! Shree GaneshayaNamah!!

Ganesha; Sanskrit: गणेश, or else called Ganapati, Vinayaka, and Binayak, is a standout amongst other known and most worshiped divinities in the Hindu pantheon. His representation is found all through India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Nepal and also other countries who follow Hinduism. Hindu factions revere him paying little heed to affiliations. Devotion to Ganesha is generally diffused and stretches out to Jains and Buddhists.

Despite the fact that he is known for many reasons, Ganesha’s elephant head makes him simple to identify. Ganesha is generally worshipped as the remover of a hindrance, the supporter of expressions and sciences and the deva of judgment and intelligence.

As the divine force of beginnings, he is respected toward the begin of rituals and services. Ganesha is additionally summoned as a supporter of letters and getting the hang of amid composing sessions. Several writings relate legendary accounts related to his introduction to the world and misuses and clarify his particular iconography.

Ganesh is one of the sons of Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati. He was born with a normal head but at and small age during an argument with his father, Lord Shiva known for his blind anger decapitated Ganesh and after realizing his mistake Lord Shiva took the head of a baby elephant and placed it on the neck of Ganesh reviving him from the dead.

However, the head still appears to be like that of an elephant. Ganesh is believed to be the remover of the obstacles and is worshipped for his great wisdom and wit. He has in many stories proven his worth of being worshipped.

see Also: 10 Reasons Why Do We Worship Goddess Laxmi on Diwali

Ganesha likely rose as a god as ahead of schedule as the second century AD, however unquestionably by the fourth and fifth hundreds of years AD, amid the Gupta period, despite the fact that he acquired attributes from Vedic and pre-Vedic antecedents.

Hindu folklore distinguishes him as the reestablished child of Parvati and Shiva of the Shaivism convention, however, he is a skillet Hindu god found in its different customs.

In the Ganapatya convention of Hinduism, Ganesha is the preeminent divinity. The main messages on Ganesha incorporate the Ganesha Purana, the MudgalaPurana, and the Ganapati Atharvashirsa. Brahma Purana and BrahmandaPurana are other two Puranic kinds all-encompassing writings that arrangement with Ganesha.

Whereas, Goddess Lakshmi, is the Hindu divinity of riches, destiny and wealth. She is the consort and Shakti (power) of Lord Vishnu, one of the major divinity of Hinduism and the utmost life form in the Vaishnavism belief. Lakshmi is as well as an essential goddess in Jainism and is establish in Jain sanctuaries.

Lakshmi is also known as a deity of profusion and wealth for Buddhists, furthermore was symbolized on the oldest surviving stupas and cave sanctuaries of Buddhism. In Buddhist factions of Tibet, Nepal and Southeast Asia, deity Vasudhara emulate the distinctiveness and qualities of the Hindu deity Lakshmi with negligible iconographic variation.

Lakshmi is also known as Sri or Thirumagal, for the reason that she is gifted with six propitious and celestial persona, or guns, and is known to be the heavenly potency of Lord Vishnu.

In Hindu creed, she was conceived from the agitating of the primeval marine (Samudramanthan) and she picked Lord Vishnu as her perpetual husband. It is believed that, When Lord Vishnu descended on the Earth as the avatars of Rama and Gopal, Lakshmi descended as his relevant life.

In the prehistoric scriptures of Hindu manuscripts, all women are acknowledged to be an incarnation of goddess Lakshmi. The wedding and association among Lakshmi and Vishnu as consort and spouse is the example for rite and ritual for the bride and groom in Hindu matrimonial. Lakshmi is deemed as the further portion of the similar superlative deity belief in the Shaktism belief of Hinduism.

Divinity Lakshmi is worshipped for her power of providing wealth and prosperity to humankind. It is believed to be one of the most beautiful Goddesses and extremely kind and loving towards her devotees. Commemorating her birth, Diwali a very popular festival among Hindus is celebrated. She is also known for her incarnation as Sita and various other forms constantly protecting and helping humans from evils or from poverty.

The deity Lakshmi is portrayed in Hindu sculpture as gracefully clothed, wealth-bringer, the golden-colored lady with an owl as her means of transportation, suggestive of the significance of financial activity in continuation of being, her capability to stir, labor and succeed in puzzling shadow.

She naturally stands or seats similar to a login on a lotus podium and clutches lotus in her hand, a representation of destiny, understanding, and divine deliverance. Her iconography demonstrates her with four hands, which symbolizes the four aims of person’s life measured significant to the Hindu practice: dharma, kāma, artha, and moksha.

It seems as these two Gods do not seem to have any common so why are they worshipped together? There are various mythical stories that support the idea of why these two gods (Deity Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha) are worshipped together.

Reasons Why Do We Worship Ganesh And Laxmi Together on Diwali / Tihar Festival of Hindu

  1. Due to Blessing received by Lord Ganesha:

It is common in Hindu tradition to worship Lord Ganesha way before worshipping any other deities and ceremony. However, there are two prevailing myths regarding, why Lord Ganesha is worshipped earlier in every ceremony.

As per the first myth, Lord Ganesha is worshiped before any auspicious occasions, to show tribute to his intelligence. In Hindu Tradition, Lord Ganesha is deemed as the God of intelligence.

There is a myth that the Lord Ganesha has been blessed by his parents, “God of gods, the creator and the destroyer, death of deaths,” Lord Shiva and his mother, “the Himalayas daughter, death of deaths” Deity Parvati for his absolute smartness.

According to old legends, Lord Ganesha and his brother Lord Kartik had a dispute regarding each other preeminence, their quarrel shook whole of Kailash. Kartika the elder brother claimed his seniority and told he is preferred among people.

They went to their parents to settle the row. To, bring the dispute to conclusion lord Shiva arranged a competition between the brothers to prove each other’s preeminence.

The competition was designed in a such a way that whoever would complete the task earlier will be declared the greater in the eyes of their parents, gods and in the eyes of the people.

The competition was simple, to the young deities, to circle the world for a mere three times, and whoever returns first, is deemed to be the superior one.

Kartikeya also well-known as subrahmanya is the deity of combat and he is furthermore the commander in chief of God’s military. His means of transportation is a peacock. Being a true combatant or deity of combat lord Kartikeya took this dare very gravely and begun his voyage around the globe with his strong and fast Vahan Peacock, and a few moments later already completed more than half of the universe.

On the other hand, Lord Ganesha who is the deity of intelligence, knowledge, painting, and amputation of barrier knew splendidly that he is no competition to his brother Kartikeya in this race. Lord Ganesh with his Vahan as a rat and being heavy and fat he was also very slow.

One of the other names of Ganesha is ‘lambodara’ which implies the ‘enormous bellied lord’. Lord Ganesha means of transportation is mouse/musakraj (in a few stories, Ganesha vehicle is also shown as a peacock).

Thus, Ganesha acknowledges that with this enormous belly and sluggish means of transport, mouse, he could not overcome his elder brother Kartikeya. The game turned to his disadvantage right away.

Worried that he might lose the game, Lord Ganesh started contemplating the ways to win the race. After some time he remembered what his mother has previously said to him. He then rushed back home and asked his mother to sit beside his father.

When the race began, Kartikeya flew over his peacock to circle the world thrice, with a speed of light. However, the mighty Ganesha, lord of wisdom, astonished the crowd of gods, by circling his parents thrice and worshipping them. With the completion of each circle, he bowed his head to his parents and again went around them circling them.

Astonished by his action Lord Shiva and deity Parvati asked him, why was he not circling the world, and instead of wasting his time circling them?

Lord Ganesha replied that for him, his parents were his whole world and thus, he was circling his world. To Mighty Ganesha, his parents were very dear. And thus, in everybody’s life, anything that is very dear to one becomes the centerpiece of one’s life and all your energy and wealth goes into it. Ganesha truly loved his parents. Ask any minute infant, for the toddler his/her whole cosmos is his mother.

So for Ganesha, his whole world orbited in the region of his parents and the supplementary world to which Kartikeya was circling was shallow to him. Ganesha, at the moment, explained that, his mother was the land and see that covered the surface and which fed him and who taught him to walk and live while his father was the sky and space and heaven who protected him and taught him to be independent and reach out for more and big.

His, intelligence overwhelmed various deities present in the chilling Himalayas. Even Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati were contented with the case presented by the Ganesha. Both Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati were very pleased to hear such words from their son.

Right then Kartika came claiming he has completed the race before Ganesh. Karktike was very proud of his accomplishment, he was sure he won it.

But then Parvati declared to his shock that Ganesh as the winner of the competition. She then said it was wit of the Ganesh that won the race. He was able to overcome his disadvantage and with his wit turn it into the advantage. He was able to do an undoable task by himself. This showed a true sign of leadership and godship. Kartika was unable to say a word.

Thus, at that moment, he was blessed by Lord Shiva that, he shall be remembered before any auspicious occasions and no occasion shall be deemed fruitful without his presence. He blessed that Ganesh will be first worshipped by followers of any god.

Any temple or ritual must include worshipping of the Ganesh in the commencement of the ritual. Ganesh was also blessed that he would be the remover of an obstacle to all of the human kind like he removed his obstacle in the race with his wits.

Thus, it is still in Hindu practices, to establish and worship Ganesha before any auspicious function. Even during the normal course of worship, Ganesha is worshiped prior to any other god or goddess. So this might be another reason why Lord Ganesh is also worshipped at the time of Diwali.

2. As per the second myth,

Once, Lord Shiva left his dwelling on Mount Kailas in the Himalayas to contemplate in a peaceful cave. On his absence, Parvati’s associates recommended her to have her own assistant (gana) as they were not contented with Lord Shiva’s ganas. Therefore, she used her heavenly cloud and conceived a child. She named him Vinayak and commanded him to guard the door, as she takes a pleasing bath.

When Lord Shiva returned abode, Vinayak did not permit him to cross the threshold, as he was commanded not to let anyone in by his mother. Following a succinct dispute, Lord Shiva, in anger, beheaded Vinayak with his Trishul.

When Parvati took notice of this unpleasant incident, she howled in misery over the slaughtering of her son. Her, anger Shook the entire universe and was in a verse of collapse.

Thus, as an approach to soothing Parvati, Lord Shiva sent his men to the jungle and instructed them to salvage the skull of an infant, whose mother is sleeping, facing opposite direction to her toddler and the infants head must be facing north.

Brusquely, his men returned with the skull of an infant elephant. By means of his heavenly command, Lord Shiva placed the infant elephant’s skull over his son’s body. In a few seconds, Vinayak came back to life. After this episode, Vinayakcame to be known as Gajaanan, which shoots from the root word ‘gaj’ implying elephant.

Lord Shiva sanctified him with a boon and explained that natives would initially tender their adore and attachment to Ganesha prior to any promising doing.

3. Hindu new year:

We all know that New Year is celebrated on the first day of January. And we all make it a day to remember; however, it is believed that Hindu New Year starts from the beginning of Diwali.

People with love, commemorate Diwali with immense blissfulness and begin their days with fresh anticipation and contentment. A person always wishes to attain immense pleasure in their lives, however, they don’t prefer to struggle.

They fail to remember that not a soul accomplish to reach a peak without, once or twice fall. The moral of life is to struggle to achieve, what one desires, hence, trying should never stop; it should always continue for the purpose of continuity, constant struggle and hard work even make the hole in a stone.

The everyday process of doing work assures the victory for the reason that there exists no battle and hindrances which cannot be overpowered subsequent to continuous Struggle.

Thus, I believe it is a perfect moment in time for taking the pledge to be the triumphant person. And furthermore taking the dedication to not to hurt others heart wordlessly. Hurting others becomes the obstacle for achieving the learning goal.

The elegance helps us to get rid of the obstacle and attain the peak of accomplishment faster. Thus, during Diwali, people pray to goddess Lakshmi for wealth and prosperity, whereas worship Lord Ganesha to provide wisdom so that they can guide wealth towards prosperity.

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Jitendra Sahayogee

I am Jitendra Sahayogee, a Writer of 12 Nepali Books, Director of Maithili films, Founder of Radio Stations, Designer of Websites and Editor of Some Nepali Blogs.

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