Lord Ganesh is one of the most famous gods among Hindu deities.
He is the god with an elephant face and human body.
He is also called by other names as vinayaka, vigneshwara, ganapathi etc.
He is considered to be very intelligent and smart.
He is sought after for success and growth in every field.
As per Hindu tradition, he is to be worshiped first (pratham pujy) before any other prayer or puja starts as per wishes of lord shiva.
After writing on how to worship lord hanuman long ago, it took me an year to write on how to pray lord Ganesha.
This is because I wanted to experience the blessings personally before and here are my views.
Lord Ganesh: He is the son of the lord Shiva and goddess Parvathi. But it is said he was not born out of conception. Instead, his mother made him out of clay and gave him life.
He was acting as a watchman to his mother’s home diligently. And when the lord shiva the husband of parvathi came, he did not allow him to enter. Lord shiva tries to convince him but out of innocence, still he does not oblige out of sheer love and respect for his mother. Then out of rage of being disrespectful to him, lord shiva beheads him and burns the head. Learning this goddess parvathi requested to give him life back. Then shiva asks to bring the head of any living being in certain direction and his aides find a dying elephant. This elephant head is brought to give life to ganesha’s motionless body.
So lord shiva gave him life but with an elephant head fixed to his neck.
If you wish to know more details of lord Ganesha, his powers and mantras, then you can go through this devotional book “Loving Ganesha”
Who should worship lord Ganesh
Everyone who believes in lord Shiva and parvathi can worship him. All the Hindus worship him as his idol is found in most temples around the world. But specifically, lord Ganesha help is required for
1. Students perceiving education.
2. Those willing to get out of debt.
3. To improve earnings.
4. To grow up in career.
5. To overcome obstacles in life.
6. To improve savings
When ever you see lord Ganesha photo or an idol in any temple, you will find goddess saraswathi and laxmi beside. This in one way indicates, that for education one needs blessing of lord ganesh besides goddess saraswathi.
So those students perceiving education and willing to score better and go for higher education should pray lord ganesh.
Also those with high debt should pray to Ganesha for relief from it.
If one is into business or freelancing type or self employed, worship to lord Ganesha helps improve income. Since he is also with goddess laxmi, it indicates he helps to overcome poverty.
If you are hindered by politics in office or career then praying to lord ganesha shows ways to move on.
How to worship lord ganesha:
1.Put an pic or idol for worship at home or office.
2. By spelling his slok and reciting his mantra (given below).
3. By offering a dhup or deep and incense sticks.
4. Worship on a Wednesday.
5. Fasting on Tuesday if one is affected by ketu in horoscope.
How to pray lord ganesha for better income:
I knew that praying to lord ganesha previously for education and career would lead to success. But was wondering how to obtain success in rise in income and savings. Then a elderly scholar told me a trick which i am sharing below.
1.Instead of a using ganesh in sitting posture, put a pic or idol of standing ganesha. This standing position is said to be for the purpose of higher income.
2. Then lit a deep with coconut oil and ghee everyday before the picture or idol.
3. Offer Jasmin or other flowers during prayer if you can find around.
4. Spell the vinakaya slok (shuklam bharadaram…)
Shukla-Ambara-Dharam Vishnum Shashi-Varnam Chatur-Bhujham!
Prasanna-Vadhanam Dhyaayeth Sarva-Vighno–pashantaye!
This sloka is for lord Vishnu and then continue as with below sloka.
“Agaja-anana-Padma-Arkam Gaja-ananam Aharnisham!”
“Aneka-Dam-Tam Bhaktaanaam Eka-Dantam Upaasmahe!”
Also one should have determination to achieve things. Unlike other gods vinayaka helps those who make genuine efforts to reach the goal and not lazy ones.
Further the goals should be honest, justified and not problematic to others.
The results may not seem to be appearing fast, but they will be gradual in progress. Further he lets you maintain stability in your progress. That is if you are trying to generate more income, he will do it gradually. Also he keeps it consistent and stable which will give peace of mind.
Besides worshiping lord ganesha, one should also worship lord Shiva and goddess paravathi. This will ensure positive benefits without fail.
He seems to be our companion on the long run. He does not leave you in the middle of experiment.
For students, self employed and business men, prayer to ganesha will be fruitful.
Polite request: If you perform above pooja to Lord Ganesha, you mostly start to reap benefits in a month or two. If so, kindly revert back to share your experiences here in the comments for the benefit of others.