If you are having Ganesha made of Turmeric powder, soft clay or Kozhukattai dough, pour water and other abhishekam items only in spoons else Ganesha will dissolve in water. You can chant this Ganesha Gayathri mantram while doing Abhishekam. Take all the abhishekham items in a plate as shown in the picture. Keep a bowl full of water. Keep some flowers in a plate. Keep an incense stick and a camphor ready.
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September 16, - H. Why do we break a co-co nut in front of Pillaiyar? He asked his father to sacrifice his head, as a punishment for not knowing the answer to the question he had posed. When you sacrifice some thing, it should be valuable. You should not present or give to others, what you do not value yourself. So the highest sacrifice is — Self Sacrifice. To show that you are prepared for such noble deed, you sacrifice a co-co nut, which has three eyes as Shiva has.
While sacrificing a co-co nut, it is thrown powerfully against a hard surface, so that it breaks in to small pieces, scattering in all directions. Only children have a right over the scattered pieces. I came to know of this from a child in At that time, I was in Nagappattinam conducting Chaturmasya Vratam, four months period of abstinence. Children used to crowd there in such density, that one could hardly find place to break the co-co nut fruits.
Looking at his authoritative tone and clarity of natural right, I was convinced that what he said was perfectly correct. The offerings to a child-god must go to children first. There is no God more obese than Ganapathi. His head is the Elephant head. He has a big tummy. Big ears. Big body. He is like a mountain. Still he is only a child. What is attractive about a baby? It should eat well and look chubby.
It should not look puny and under nourished. A Sanyasi or hermit should not eat too much and should not look fat. As you get older, it is preferable to fast at night.
But a baby should be well fed and look rolly-polly. Every animal has some special body part. Similerly the Elephant keeps its two front molars ivory tusks, sharpened finely and clean white, by rubbing them against tree trunks. By sacrificing a tusk, the Tusker shows that Justice and Dharma are more valuable. A capable man does not need special weapons or instruments.
At one time He killed a rakshasa or asura with a tusk. Then it was a mighty weapon. Then he used it to write the Epic Maha Bharatha. So it was used as a mighty Pen. You can never get tired of looking at the moon, oceon and elephant. As you keep on looking at them, for however long, an endless happiness over whelms you. So this Child God, to make you happy whenever you look at him, has assumed the form of a Pachyderm.
That is bliss personified. It depicts the ever lasting Love principle. He was born of Love. When the Mother Goddess was fighting Bhandasura, he had defended himself by interposing the Vigna Yantra. At that time Parameswara looked at the Mother with a smile. She smiled back and Pillaiyar was born, who shattered the Vigna Yantras or obstacles.
So the son of Parvathy Parameswara, that is Pillaiyar is also called Vigneswara or the destroyer of impediments or obstacles. Before you pray to any God, you are required to get his approval. In front of Ganapathy, the devotees catch hold of their ears crosswise, and do sit-ups, three times.
This is known as Thoppukkaranam. There is a story that this tradition started from Maha Vishnu. Pillaiyar as only a child can do, cought hold of the Sudarshna Chakra of Maha Vishnu and put it in his mouth. Maha Vishnu realised that it is impossible to get it back from Pillaiyar, by force or by requesting.
He thought, may be by doing something funny, you could make the baby laugh and the Sudarshan Chakra may fall out and he could grab it. So using his four hands he got hold of his ears and did some sit-ups, while dancing and pirouting.
The baby-God burst out laughing. The Chakra fell out and Maha Vishnu grabbed it. So this over time became Thoppukkaranam.
This beautiful Baby God, removes impediments and hurdles. By praying to Him, let us look forward to a life of happiness and fulfilment.
Vinayaka Chaturthi Vrata Puja Vidhanam
Also known as Vinayaka chavithi, Vinayagar chaturthi or Pillayar chaturthi, is one of the most celebrated festivals in India. Lord Ganesha, the God of wisdom, prosperity, the remover of obstacles and sorrows is welcomed with much devotion for the 10 day celebrations. Though Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in Andhra, Karnataka,Tamil nadu, Maharashtra and many other parts of India, Prasad or Naivedyam recipes or foods differ slightly from region to region. It is said that Lord Ganesha loves modaks and ladoos, hence a wide variety of these are offered in most regions during the puja. I have put together more than 16 easy Vinayaka chavithi recipes for naivedyam that I personally offer at home with a plus or minus. For Ganesh Chaturthi pooja, I usually try to make naivedyam dishes in the count of 5, 7, 9 or sometimes if I have time and patience 11 and sometimes I even go with 3. I have shared how we celebrate or follow the naivedyam making procedure towards the end of this post as many readers had asked me to share it.