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  • Why Ganesha is most popular and worshipped God of Hindu religion

    Om Sri Ganeshay nanmah!

    Vakra- Tundda  Mha-kaya Surya- Kotti  Samaprabha II

    Nirvighnam  Kuru me  Deva Sarva- Karyeshu Sarvadaa II”

    The above lines are a ‘mahamantra’ chanted while worshiping the almighty Lord Ganesha. These lines mean “O my Lord Ganesha of curved trunk, large body and the brilliance of million suns you have,pleases  make my work free of all obstacles always.”

    lord ganesha idol for homeLord Ganesha is the god of knowledge and intellectand all attributes are extremely symbolic and direct life of all humans towards a sacred and right direction. Ganesha is a teacher who conveys everything needed for a life directed to truth and goodness.

     Ganesha is most loved and popular Hindu God and all followers of Hindu religion start their prayers with the name of Ganesha as “Sri Ganeshay namah”. This comes from a famous tale in Hindu mythology that once  lord Shiva and Parvati contested a race between  lord Ganesha and Karthikey ( two sons of Lord Shiva and Parvati) to circle the universe . As Lord Ganesha is an epitome of wisdom so he circled his parents as he believed that parents were world to him and hence he won the race and also got blessed by his father Lord Shiva to get worshipped before all gods and goddess’ during any Hindu prayer and rituals.

    Lord Ganesha is known to be a trouble shooter who is all capable to remove all sort obstacles from our lives and so he is worshipped first and most by devotees all over the world. He is called ‘Gajanan’ meaning elephant headed which symbolizes extreme power, intelligence and memorizing power and  devotees worship him as ultimate teacher  with uncountable intelligence and wisdom.

    Lord Ganesha exemplifies discipline and order through another interesting tale, according to which when rishi Ved Vyas called Ganesha to pen thewordsas Ved Vyas would recite to him. Ganesha agreed but with the condition that rishi Ved Vyas should narratecontinuouslyand shall not stop for thinking or resting. The rishi was pleased and understood that all he wanted to convey was the importance of discipline. Students believing in Hindu mythology and religion all over world worship and pray to him before all tasks.

     Large sized Ganesha is known to travel on a very small rat which symbolizes respect for even tiny beings and  alsothat you may possess extreme intelligence and treasure of knowledge be but at times you may be required to use your micro intelligence for trouble shooting.

    His big ears tells all humans to develop a strong hearing capacity and his love for food especially ‘Modak’ (sweet balls made with floor, milk and sugar) symbolizes that you must constantly enjoy life and whatever you get. It is not necessary that attainment of knowledge should be through a boring learning process but it can be relished as a sweet dish if both students and teachers follow the life of Lord Ganesha.

    The Devotees all over world and especially Maharashtra are eagerly waiting to welcome him in their homes on ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’ a festival when God Ganesha idols are brought and special prayers are done to welcome him and after few days the statues are immersed in water to symbolizes his return. Thetradition is good but to save environment worshippers should bring his statues made with soil and organic material instead of POP and synthetic dyes. You can consider buying metal Idols that can be symbolically immersed in water and then establish them in home or offices permanently to get blessed by Lord Ganesha always all time.

  • Ganesh Chathurthi

    Ganesh Chathurthi, also known as Vinayaka Chathurthi is the celebration of Lord Ganesha’s Birthday. The Hindu God Ganesh with the Elephant head is a popular God among the Hindus. He is also known as the God of knowledge, wisdom, prosperity, and good fortune.His birthday falls during the Hindu Month of Bhadra (August-September). This ten day long festival is celebrated with fervour all over the country but more so in the western part of the country, especially Maharashtra.

    The History

    It is believed that Lord Ganesh, son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, was born on the fourth day (chaturthi) of the bright fortnight of the Hindu lunar month of Magh. Thus, the festival dedicated to the worship of Lord Ganesha on this chaturthi day is named as Ganesh Chaturthi.

    Parvati, in the absence of Lord Shiva, used her sandalwood paste to create Ganesha and put him to guard while she had gone for bathing. While she was gone, Lord Shiva got into a fight with Ganesha as he did not allow Shivato enter, as per his mother’s orders. Enraged, Lord Shiva cut off Ganesha’s head. When Parvati saw this sight, she took the form of Goddess Kali and threatened to destroy the world.

    Shiva right away sent out his ganas (attendants) to get him the head of the first living creature they could find. Well, the first living creature happened to be an elephant. As instructed, theganaschopped the elephant’shead and brought it back to Shiva. Shiva placed it on Ganesh’s body, and brought him back to life.All the Lords blessed Ganesha and the day is celebrated as his birthday. Ganesh Chathurathi owes its origin to the Maratha Reign, where Chatrapati Shivaji started the festival.

    The Festival

    Ganesh Chaturthi is a time of immense excitement. People bring home idols of Lord Ganesh and worship it in a special way. The worship cum celebration is done for a day and a half, 3 days, 5 days, 7 days, or 11 days according to the family tradition. It is believed that the Lord brings in good fortune and prosperity with him. On the last day, the idol is taken out in a lively, colourful procession and immersed in the sea. This symbolizes seeing -off the Lord in his journey towards his abode in Mount Kailasas hetakes away with him the all the troubles of man.People of all community celebrate Ganesh Chathurthi Festival.

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    However, today large public pandals (temperoryshrines) are created and large clay idols are installed and worshipped for ten days. Various poojas are performed among the chanting of Vedas. Various kinds of sweets especially Lord Ganesh’s favourite Modaks are offered to him and the devotees. During the ten-day festival, such venues also serve as camps for charity tothe poor.Medical camps, blood banks, dramatic performances etc. can be seen all over the celebrations.

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    Poompuhar offers a wide range of idols and artefacts of Lord Ganesh. Here you will find Ganesh Idols in brass, wood, stone, antique finish and a variety of materials. The favourite deity of millions in various poses will not fail to enthral you.

  • Inaugural function of Ganesh Darshan exhibition

    Photos from the inaugural function of "Ganesh Darshan" exhibition at Shri Sunderbai Hall, Church Gate, Mumbai from 27th August to 8th September.

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  • THE LEGENDS OF LORD GANESHA

    Lord Ganesha is known as the god of wisdom, knowledge, fine arts and worldly success. He is regarded as the eldest son of Lord Shiva and Parvati (Uma), their younger son being Kartikey. Lord Ganesha is treated with a lot of reverence and respect.

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    There are many stories in the Hindu mythology which tell how Lord Ganesha got the head of an elephant. Perhaps the most reliable story is the one taken from the Shiva Purana. According to it, Lord Ganesha was created by Parvati out of the turmeric paste (that she used for bathing) from her body and breathing life into it. She wanted to have someone as ardent and dependable for herself as Nandi (the bull) was to Shiva. So she created a boy and advocated him to be her loyal child. While going to bathe, she instructed the boy to guard the entrance of her house. He was told not to allow anyone inside. When Lord Shiva came to his house, he was stopped by the boy. On being stopped by a stranger, Lord Shiva got furious and after a long war, he succeeded in beheading him. Parvati, on learning this was aggravated and offended and decided to annihilate the entire creation. On being pleaded and persuaded by Lord Brahma, the Creator, she agreed to rehash her plan on the conditions that her son be brought back to life, and, that he be forever worshipped before all the other gods. Lord Shiva acceded to Parvati’s conditions and ordered his servants (Gana) to bring the head of the first creature that they chance upon. They soon brought the head of an elephant which was placed onto Lord Ganesha’s body. Lord Shiva apologized for his haughtiness and announced that the brave boy was his son and that he should be respected like the other gods and should be worshipped before any other God. Lord Shiva, then gave him the name Ganesha, i.e. the chief of his attendants and also Vigneshwar; meaning the remover of all obstacles. After this, Lord Shiva and Parvati once again started living amicably at Mount Kailash in the Himalayas.

    Many years went by, one day Parashuram; a Brahmin warrior was stopped by Lord Ganesha who was guarding Lord Shiva. He felt offended and entered into a fight with Lord Ganesha. In order to stop Parashuram’s axe from hurting him, Lord Ganesha stopped it with his tusk; which broke as a result. After this Lord Ganesha came to be known as ‘ekadanta’, meaning the ‘one toothed’.

    Another story related to Lord Ganesha’s birth is that, once there lived a zealous devotee of Lord Shiva, who was a monster named Gajasura. He in return to his penance of many years, requested Lord Shiva to reside in his belly. His wish was granted. Lord Shiva’s wife Parvati became worried about his whereabouts and requested Lord Vishnu to help her in finding him. Lord Vishnu took Lord Shiva’s sacred bull, Nandi, with him and set out in his search, disguised as a street player. When they reached Gajasura’s kingdom, Nandi (Lord Shiva’s bull) danced so well that the monster asked her for a boon. She immediately asked for Lord Shiva as her reward. Gajasura realized that he could not keep the Lord in his belly forever and so he granted Nandi’s wish and let Lord Shiva out of his stomach. In return Gajasura requested Lord Shiva to make him immortal so that people may remember him. So, Lord Shiva severed Gajasura’s head in order to free him from the cycle of life and death and carried the head with him to his home.

    Back home, on Mount Kailash, Parvati got to know about Lord Vishnu’s victory and her husband’s return. She went to take bath to be able to welcome her husband. There she created a doll like structure out of the dough she was to use for her bath and named it ‘Vinayak’, meaning the one who puts off the obstacles, so as to guard anyone from entering into the palace. When Lord Shiva came to the palace, he was stopped by Vinayak. Lord Shiva became furious and in his fit of fury he beheaded Vinayak. When Parvati got to know about the whole incident, she pleaded with Lord Shiva to bring him back to life. Lord Shiva had brought Gajasura’s head with him; so he put it on Vinayak’s body and the child got back to life. This day is called ‘Bhadrapad Chaturthi’, and Vinayak was blessed with the boon to be invoked before any auspicious occasion and be worshipped by the other gods.

    All the Gods requested Lord Shiva to provide them with a leader. So, in order to select the best one among his two sons, Lord Shiva conducted a test. Both the sons are asked to go round the earth thrice and the one who finished the task sooner than the other was to be made the leader of the Gods i.e. the Ganaadhipati. Wasting no time, the younger son, Kartik set off for the test. Lord Ganesha used his wisdom and instead of taking rounds of the earth, he respectfully paid obeisance to his parents and went round them thrice; explaining his action as valid because his parents encompass the whole universe, so by going around them he had gone around the whole universe rather than merely the earth! Everyone was amused and impressed by the wit and intelligence of Vinayak and therefore, he was declared the winner and the Supreme God of the universe and came to be known as Ganaadhish, Ganapati and Ganesh. Thus, all gods worship him.The devotees celebrate Ganesh chaturthi on the day Lord Ganesha was born with a lot of devotion and passion throughout the country. In fact, in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra the festival continues upto ten days.

    Lord Ganesha is regarded as the remover of disruption and disorder; it is therefore a tradition that marriage invitation cards have the portrait of Lord Ganesha over them, requesting him, in a way, to remove all the hurdles that may come in the way to disrupt the marriage ceremony. It is believed that the secrets of life management can be learned from him. The devotees of Ganapati often consider his elephant head as being indicative of his intelligence and dependability. The large ears are said to be for listening to people calling out to  him for help. His small eyes tell us to have a restrained and logical view about any issue. The long trunk, which is able to smell from even a distance, educates us to judge carefully and cautiously.

  • Ganesha Gift ideas from Poompuhar

    There is always a gift for every occasion but choosing the right one is the thing that matters the most.  Most of our traditional festivals are auspicious events and we believe idols of Gods to bring good luck and prosperity to the receiver. Lord Ganesha, being our most common choice comes in a variety of options. Read further to choose better!

    Royal Bronze

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    Carefully casted and artistically sculpted, Lord Ganesha in different poses is one of the most sought after idol in Bronze at Poompuhar after Lord Shiva. A strong sense of divinity comes from these bronze statues and this royal metal was used mostly to make temple deities for processions (utsava murthis).These artifacts are heavier and come in both polished and antique finish at Poompuhar.

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    Wood carved Ganesh

    Wood carvings are always a great option when it comes to gift options. Carving wood requires precision and patience and wood sculptures are meant to bring prosperity to the place. These wood-carved idols are aesthetically very refined and also come in variety of sizes. A choice of wood like sandalwood, teak, etc. can be chosen and these would make really good gifts.

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    Stonecarved Ganesha

    Stone sculpted Ganesh idols are exquisite artifacts at Poompuhar and all the idols are carefully sculpted to bringing out a Godly essence. Different poses, different styles, different stones like marble, granite etc and in different sizes are available and the choice is yours.

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    Ganesha in Ceramic

    Ceramic figurines border between fine art and decorative and are perfect gift options. The idols in ceramic can be placed anywhere and will go with any kind of decor. Ceramic wares practically require little or no care and their elegant appearance exude fine craftsmanship.

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    In Terracotta

    If you want your Ganesha idol to have a more earthy appeal to it, then terracotta is the perfect choice. Terracotta is comparatively easy to make and comes in different sizes and poses and is also a very good decorative item.

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    Gifts are always a blessing whether you are giving it or getting it. Choose from the different varieties of Ganesh Idols that are available in the market and wish them luck.

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