FAQ On Lord Ganesh Part 2
June 20, 2007
1) What are the offerings given to Lord Ganesh?
Devotees usually present their Lord with a garland of red hibiscus flower which is His favorite, a bunch of three blade grass, incense sticks, camphor, coconut and sweetmeats like Modak and Laddoos.
Some also offer garments like shawl, dhotis etc on special festivals.Lord Ganesh only needs sincere and pure devotion from His devotees. So even if thoughts are pure that is all He asks for.
2) What is the special significance of the three blade grass (Durva)?
The three blade grass is considered significant and very specific to Lord Ganesh’s worship. Just as Tulsi leaves are essential for Lord Vishnu’s puja and Bael leaves for Lord Shiva.Lord Ganesha who is also known as Vrikodara which means One who has fire by the name of Vrika in his stomach i.e. One who has great hunger.
Durva is known to have a cooling effect and also contains several medicinal properties which is known to heal wounds. So it is considered as an ideal offering for Him. The reason for offering Durva to Lord Ganesha is that since Lord Shiva had cut Lord Ganesh’s head and put an elephant head in its place. So it is believed that to heal that wound, durva is specifically offered.
3)What is the significance of the term “Ganapati Bappa Morya”?
Devotees chant Ganapati Bappa Morya all the time to sing the praises of Lord Ganesh. But how many of them know what the word Morya signify? The word Morya refers to a famous devotee of Lord Ganesh in the fourteenth century called Morya Gosavi, from Chinchvad, near Pune who invoked the Lord with severe penance.
He attained siddhi (special powers and blessings) at Shree Chintamani and his son built the temple to commemorate the event.It is said that Moryaji also performed penances at Siddhi Vinayak in Ahmedabad and in Moreshwar/Mayureshwar at Moregoan where he also built the temple. Thus this depicts the inseparable relationship between God and his devotee.
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