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Om Ganapathaye Namaha

Ganapathy or Ganesha holds a very important place in all hindu rituals.He is the god who can destroy all “Vighnas” (hurdles) in what ever task you are going to undertake.

This makes him a “Star” among gods and millions are doing his worship.In olden day’s there was even a religion or sect called ” Ganapathyam” with Ganapathy as the main deity of worship.

Doing his pooja everyday can bring you prosperity , fame and will decrease ill effects of bad “dashas” (Phases) in your horoscope.

But in today’s hectic life style we cannot dedicate many hours for this daily ritual.I have compiled here few “Mantras” , which can be chanted with in about 10 minutes.

Preparation :

Ganesh pooja to be done preferably in the morning.Take a shower and wear clean/washed cloths.

Can offer your prayers to a Ganesha photo or idol based on availability.

Keep some fresh flowers if they are available.

Starting Pooja:

Take a deep breath and chant ” OM……. ”

Offer a flower to the idol , placing or touching it at bhagavan’s feet.[If you are not having flowers offer a “Sankalpa” pooja by imagining about offering flowers to him.]

Close your eyes and imagine his presence with you , while breathing in and out slowly.(2 minutes)

Open your eyes and start reading/chanting the following Slokas :

Dhyanam :

Param Dhaama param brahma paresham Parameeshvaram / Vighna nighna haram shantham pushpam kanthamananthakam / sura surendri sidhendra sthutham sthoumy paraltparam

Surapadham dinesham cha ganesham mangalayanam / Idam Stotram mahapunyam vighna shoka haram param / yah padheth pratharuthaya sarva vighnath pramuchyathe /

[Offer flower]

Vidya Ganesha Ashtotthara Shatham :

[Offer flowers after completing every 2 lines of this sloka]

Vidya ganapathir vighnaharo gaja mukho avyah / Vigyanathma vichathkayo vishvakaro vinayakaha

Vishvasrik Vishvabhuk vishvasamhartha vishvagopanaha / Vishvanugraha sathya shivathullya shivathmajaha

Vichitra narthano veero vishva santhosha vardhanaha / Vimarshee vimalacharoo vishvakaroo vinayakaha

Swathanthra sulabha swarcha sumukha sukhabodhakaha / sooryagni sashidrik somakalachooda sukhanasanaha

Swaprakasha swadhavakthra swayamvyektha smrithi priyaha / shaktheesha sankara shambhu prabhur vibhurumasuthaha

Shantha shathamakharaadhya shchathura shchakra nayakaha/kaalajith karunamoorthy ravyektha shashvatha shubhaha

ugrakarmodinanandi shivabhaktha shivantharaka / chaithanya dhrithira veygya sarveancha sarva shathru hrit

Sarvagra samaranandi samsidha gananayakaha / samba pramodako vajree manaso modaka priyaha

Eaka dantho bruhathkushchir deerkha thundo vikarnnakaha / Brahmanda kanduka schitravarnna schitra radhasanaha

Thejeswee theekshna dhishana shakthi vrinda nishevithaha /Para parascha pashyanthi prananadha pramatha hrut

Sumklipshta madhyama spashto vaikharee janaka suchihi / dharma pravarthaka kamo bhoomi sphuritha vigraha

Thapaswee tharunollasee yoginee bhoga tatparaha / Jithendriyo jayasreeko janma mrityu vidaranaha

Jagath gurura meyatma jangama sthavarathmakaha / namaskara priyo nanamatha bheda vibhedakaha

Nayavith samadrik shoora sarva lokaika shasanaha / vishudha vikramo vridha samvirdha sasuhrithganaha

sarva saakshee sadanandi sarvaloka priyankaraha / sarvatheetha samarasa sathyavasa satham gathihi

After this offer flowers chanting ” Ohm Gam Ganapathaye Namaha” ( 8 Times)

Prostrate infront of the idol or photo and surrender yourself to him.Imagine in your mind all your wishes and pray for the fulfillment of them.

Then being in the same position ask forgiveness to him for any mistakes done (knowingly or unknowingly) during the pooja.

Stand-up, slowly open your eyes and take darshan of the idol again.

I will be posting more detailed Ganesh Pooja with elaborate/complete ritual which you all can do on week ends.

For further clarifications please send me a query through comments section.


Parenting is something which words cannot express.It’s something you have to go through , experience [Smell of hospital, touch of a new born baby, sleepless nights etc.]

Hey!! i am not complaining , after all it is a wonderful life changing experience (not like the one’s management gurus promise you! )

Trying to jot down the sweet memories and my learnings from the innocence of a 1.5 year old boy(my son).

During this period i have learned lot of new terms/vocabulary like :

a)nappy b)rocker c)Size zero ….. terms which i was blissfully unaware earlier!!!

Another set of “luxuries” like Morning newspaper reading ritual, watching TV, Cleanly arranged home etc. vanished from my life during this period.Also found out that all babies have a weakness towards neatly folded clothes,newspaper,crockery etc.!!!

Absence of these privileges are more than compensated by the playfulness of my son.Watching him is like watching a bud becoming a flower.His baby talk is better than any music to me.(Though i am not forgetting his screaming sessions !!!)

I feel the enormous responsibility of guiding him to become a responsible person, assisting him to grow into an emotionally and socially balanced individual.

Watching him is like taking a time machine journey, hours pass by without notice.My spiritual guru ( ) used to tell us in his speeches to be a kid always.True meaning of that is unfolding infront of me through my son.Take a small scenario like below :

He will ask for something which cannot be given(Like sharp objects or medicine packs).we will deny it and he will start crying and throw a big tantrum.Sometimes he will scold us,with both his little hands raised, and in a language which is known to him and god only.The very next moment something else which is silly to us (read grown ups) , will catch his attention.With tears rolling down his cheeks , he will start smiling.Smile, which is like the first ray of sunlight on a cloudy day.This will be followed by a loud laughter which touches your soul.

For a moment he is crying, the next it is all smiles.He is living in the moment.He has left his unhappiness and embraced his pleasant self with ease.Compare this with us adults , we will take bad remarks/incidents into our memory,store it there for long(Some times for a whole life time!!!) and brood anger against the person who made the remarks.If only we can be kids at mind, we can have much less burden to carry with us.

Recent research also shows that a kid smiles 400-500 times in a day but when he or she grows up it becomes 10-15 smiles per day! (I know people who are even below this range on being happy !!!) . So try to be a kid in your mind.Live in the moment.Don’t keep anger or ill feeling in your mind.It is garbage.Throw it out as early as possible.SMILE more often.

All said and done , our little kid is like a sun, lighting-up our lives with his innocence and making us thankful to god everyday, every moment…………

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