Significance of Ganesh Chaturthi for blessings of Knowledge and Education


What is Ganesh Chaturthi?

 Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most awaited festivals of the year in India. It marks the birth of Lord Ganesha who is worshipped before beginning of every event, ritual or venture. This festival falls in the month of Bhadrapada as per Hindu calendar. Ganesotsav is a ten-day long celebration starting from Ganesh Chaturthi. Devotees bring Ganesha idols at home and establish the murti in a decorated space in the home itself. Praan-Pratishtha is performed to invoke the presence of Lord Ganesha in the idol. People gather together to perform Puja and Aarti with great fervor to please Lord Ganesha. The environment is lively because of the excitement and festivities. Streets are lit up with various fancy lights and each area in every city has a Pandaal/Mandal that establishes a Ganesha idol.

 Lord Ganesha is known to bestow blessings of knowledge, intellect, wisdom and success in all endeavors. There are other names of Ganesha like Buddhidata, Siddhidata which actually means the one who imparts knowledge and helps attain Siddhi. Ganesh Chaturthi in particular holds great importance for individuals in the Education sector and students. This is the perfect day to worship Lord Ganesha for wish fulfillment, concentration and excellent memory.

 Significance of Ganesh Chaturthi for Education

 The significance of Ganesh Chaturthi in Education sector is widely known. Lord Ganesha brings the blessings of knowledge to His devotees. One can only go ahead in life through education. It is the ultimate path to reach greater heights of success and lead a prosperous life. Lord Ganesha enhances the power to focus and concentrate while studying. He is called ‘Vighnaharta’ the one who removes obstacles. Devotees often worship Ganpati for removal of hurdles from their way of success. The important of all is that He gives the ability to attain Siddhi i.e. spiritual enlightenment. Ganpati is also known as ‘Vinayaka’ which means the one who has solution for everything. Praying to Lord Ganesha on this special day brings His divine grace and blesses the devotees with the capacity to grasp knowledge.

 Knowledge and Wisdom is the most important assets that one must have. To be knowledgeable is to have the power to mold the world; people and one-self while being wise helps you accomplish your goals. Performing the puja rituals on Ganesh Chaturthi and invoking Lord Ganesha with sincerity brings blessings of knowledge and promotes education. It is beneficial for getting brilliant results and academic success. A person’s life is never complete without knowledge and to be capable of learning, devotees from the education sector worship Ganesha on the auspicious event of Ganesh Chaturthi.

 How Lord Ganesha is connected with Knowledge?

 In Indian mythology, there are different stories associated with Deities. There is a tale about how Lord Ganesha is related with knowledge and wisdom. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati gave the fruit of knowledge to Lord Kartikeya and Lord Ganesha. Unfortunately, only one of them could get it so they decided to test who deserves this fruit. Lord Shiva asked Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikeya to do circumambulation of the Earth thrice. The one who completed navigating around the world thrice and came back first would win the fruit.

Lord Kartikeya circumambulated thrice around the world and returned home. He saw Lord Ganesha was already there near their parents and had won the fruit of knowledge. On asking how, Ganesha told that He circumambulated around Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati as they were His ‘world’. This act of Lord Ganesha appeased them and He received the blessings of knowledge. He was then called the “God of Knowledge”. This story also highlights how our parents should be respected and their position at the apex in our lives.

 Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations in Education sector

Many schools and colleges especially in Maharashtra also bring Ganesha idols for a day and half. Teachers, students and the entire staff dress up in traditional attire to celebrate this wonderful occasion. Various competitions like Clay idol making, singing, dancing, painting, etc. are held in the school premises. Delicious Naivedyam is offered to Ganesha and some institutions also host grand feasts. It is the most joyful time of the year for Ganesha devotees across the world. Celebrate this Ganesh Chaturthi with love, devotion and happiness.

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