Jai Gana Raayaa Sri Gana Raayaa

Jai Gana Raayaa Sri Gana Raayaa Mangala Moorti Morayaa

Sindoora Vadanaa Pankaja Charanaa

Sindoora Vadanaa Pankaja Charanaa Mangala Moorti Morayaa

Jai Gana Raayaa Sri Gana Raayaa

Jai Gana Raayaa Sri Gana Raayaa Mangala Moorti Morayaa

Siddhi Vinaayaka Mangala Daataa

Ashta Vinaayaka Mangala Daayaka Mangala Moorti Morayaa

Jai Gana Raayaa Sri Gana Raayaa

Jai Gana Raayaa Sri Gana Raayaa Mangala Moorti Morayaa

[Mangala Moorti Morayaa (16)]

[Ganpati Baappa Morayaa]

Meaning:

O Ever-Victorious Lord Sri Ganesha, Thou art The Lord of The Divine Forces and Demi-Gods. Thou art The Embodiment of all Auspiciousness. O Lord Sri Siddhi Vinayaka, Thou art The Bestower of Virtues and Accomplishments and art worshipped as The Ashta Vinayaka. Thy face is Vermillon coloured and we Worship Thy Divine Lotus Feet. O Ever-Victorious Lord Sri Ganesha, Thou art The Supreme Lord of all. (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 Lord Sri 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, the 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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