Gauri Priya Nandanaa Gajaanana

Sindoora Vadanaa Baala Gajaanana

Gauri Priya Nandanaa Gajaanana

Siddhi Vinaayaka Hey Dukha Bhanjana

Buddhi Pradaayaka Parama Niranjana

Jaya Shiva Nandana Jaya Shiva Nandana

Ashta Vinaayakaa Girijaa Nandana

Meaning:

O Lord Sri Ganesha, Thou art The Most Beloved, Elephant-Faced, Divine Child of Mother Gauri. Mother Gauri is The Most Magnificient Supreme Divine Mother of The Entire Cosmos. O Vermillion-Faced Lord Sri Ganesha, Thou art The Bestower of Virtues and Accomplishments and art The Destroyer of obstacles. Thou art The Bestower of Knowledge and Intellect and art Immaculately Pure. O Ever-Victorious Lord Sri Ganesha, Thou art The Beloved Divine Child of Lord Shiva, Who is The Supreme Divine Lord of The Entire Cosmos. Thou art The Beloved Divine Child of Mother Girija and art worshipped as The Ashta Vinayaka. (There are eight temples in Maharashtra, dedicated to Lord Sri Ganesha. They are related to various episodes from the Puranas and other legends and these Deities are collectively known as Ashta Vinayaka. It is a must-do pilgrim for Ganesha devotees. Ashta means eight and Vinayaka is one of the names of Lord Sri Ganesha. The famous eight Lord Sri Ganesha Temples located in western Maharashtra, are known as sacred places and millions of devotees visit these Ashta Vinayaka temples. Each temple has its own individual mythology and history, each idol in these temples are distinct from each other and are known by a different name in each temple. These idols are ‘Swayambhu’ which means sculptured by nature and are housed in the temples created ages ago at the places where the effigies were first identified.) (In The Satya Yuga there lived a ferocious demon called Sindurasura who was extremely powerful and he troubled The Gods so much that They could not defeat him. The Gods sought Refuge in Lord Sri Narayana and prayed to HIM to release Them from the power of Sindhurasura. Lord Sri Narayana assured The Sages that HE would Incarnate as the Divine Son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati to destroy Sindurasura. After some time Mother Parvati got pregnant and Sindurasura came to know about it. He knew that now his end had come and so he took a tiny form of Sukshma Swarupa and entered the womb of Mother Parvati and chopped off the Head of The Divine Child and disappeared. After nine months Mother Parvati gave birth to a Son. It was born without a head but since HE was an Incarnation of Lord Sri Narayana HE was Full of Life. Mother Parvati saw HER Child and cried but Lord Shiva assured HER that HE would do something about it. HE sent HIS attendant Veerabhadra and ordered him to go all around the earth and whichever creature that was asleep with its feet facing southwards to cut off his head and bring it to Him. Veerabhadra went all over the world but could not find anyone asleep in that position, for the scriptures tell us that the South is the abode of Lord Yama, The God of Death. As Lord Yama resided in the South one did not sleep with one’s feet towards the South for that meant that one was going towards the abode of Lord Yama. In those days people had great faith in The Scriptures and they observed the teachings in their daily life. Hence he did not find any human being but he found an elephant in that position and got his head which Lord Shiva placed upon The Body of HIS Divine Child and brought HIM back to Life. Mother Parvati was disappointed and unhappy but Lord Shiva Blessed that The Divine Child would be known as Vidyapati i.e. The Bestower of Knowledge, Wisdom and Intellect. Then as Lord Sri Ganesha grew up and was still quite young the time had arrived for the purpose for which HE had come to be fulfilled. HE fought a long fierce battle on the banks of the river Narmada and emerged victorious having killed the demon with the weapon called Parshu. The demons blood splashed upon The Body of Lord Sri Ganesha. That is why Lord Sri Ganesha is depicted as being red signifying the nothingness or illusion of evil when confronted by goodness. After the battle Lord Sri Ganesha rested on cool green grass called Durva and HE blessed the grass that whosoever worshipped HIM with Durva Grass HE would Bless them).

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