Ganesha goes hitech With major Ganesh pandals in the city launching their own websites, the Lord gets tech savvy this year

Lord Ganesha will trot the globe on a new ‘mouse’ this year. Following the trend in places like Mumbai and Pune, major Ganesh pandals in Hyderabad too, have made their presence felt on the World Wide Web through their sites. From making online darshans and placing puja requests, to watching live video feed and updated photo galleries, your Ganesh fix this Vinayaka Chaturthi is just a click way!

These sites will only make things easier for Hyderabadi devotees this year, says S Rajkumar, organizing secretary, of Ganesh Utsav Committee, Khairatabad, that was founded in 1954. “Over the last 57 years, the crowd that the Khairatabad Ganesh has attracted is only increasing with each passing year. The serpentine queues grow longer each year and due to the rush, darshans have become shorter. My family couldn’t get darshan for more than a minute or two last year. That’s when I decided to start the website,” he says.

People can watch the live videos of Khairatabad Ganesh and offer prayers at the pandal by just shooting off an email. “If people mail us their names and details of their gotra, etc., we get puja performed for free for them. The site also has a photo gallery with photographs of our Ganesh idols clicked in the last 57 years, including several rare black and white ones. The real time video feed will go online shortly before the festival starts,” he adds.

The website’s home page also gives a sneak-peek into the design of this year’s Khairatabad Ganesh. “The idol will be 50-feet tall and Lord Ganesh will be seated on the garuda vahanam (eagle) perched on a globe,” adds Rajkumar.
Youth and colony associations that install pandals and organize pujas in their respective localities have already launched websites for their associations and respective Ganesh pandals. Take for instance Devi Nagar Youth Association (DNYA) from Kavadigua that has its own website. Tenugu Praveen Kumar of DNYA, says, “On the site, people can view the day’s schedule, pujas, competitions we organize for kids and other events that are part of the festival. Viewers can surf through the photo gallery and even follow us on Twitter. We currently have 353 followers.”

Even the Balapur Ganesh, famous for the laddoo which is auctioned for lakhs of rupees every year, boasts of a website for sending greetings, along with wallpaper and prayer downloads. Besides the pandal sites, there are other sites too that are making an impact. There’s a dedicated page on a social networking site called ‘Ganesh Festivals in Hyderabad and Secunderabad’, which already has 864 followers and shared devotional songs, videos and RSS feeds and blogs on the city’s pandals.

Ganapati associations too, are all for city Ganeshas making their presence felt on the Net. G Hanumanth Rao, chairman, Ganesh Diksha, says, “It is cool to worship the God online and even watch pandal videos . No matter what the medium, devotion is what counts.”

Source from Hyderabad Times

What Swami Sivananda Recommends for Ganesh Chaturthi?

On the Ganesh Chaturthi day, meditate on the stories connected with Lord Ganesha early in the morning, during the Brahmamuhurta period. Then, after taking a bath, go to the temple and do the prayers of Lord Ganesha. Offer Him some coconut and sweet pudding. Pray with faith and devotion that He may remove all the obstacles that you experience on the spiritual path. Worship Him at home, too. You can get the assistance of a pundit. Have an image of Lord Ganesha in your
house. Feel His Presence in it.

Don’t forget not to look at the moon on that day; remember that it behaved unbecomingly towards the Lord. This really means avoid the company of all those who have no faith in God, and who deride God, your Guru and religion, from this very day.

Take fresh spiritual resolves and pray to Lord Ganesha for inner spiritual strength to attain success in all your undertakings.

May the blessings of Sri Ganesha be upon you all! May He remove all the obstacles that stand in your spiritual path! May He bestow on you all material prosperity as well as liberation!

How to celebrate Ganesha festival in anywhere

Ganesha Chaturthi, the great Ganesha festival, also known as ‘Vinayak Chaturthi’ or ‘Vinayaka Chavithi’ is celebrated by Hindus around the world as the birthday of Lord Ganesha. It is observed during the Hindu month of Bhadra (mid-August to mid-September) and the grandest and most elaborate of them, especially in the western India state of Maharashtra, lasts for 10 days, ending on the day of ‘Ananta Chaturdashi’.

The Grand Celebration

A life-like clay model of Lord Ganesha is made 2-3 months prior to the day of Ganesh Chaturthi. The size of this idol may vary from 3/4th of an inch to over 25 feet.

On the day of the festival, it is placed on raised platforms in homes or in elaborately decorated outdoor tents for people to view and pay their homage. The priest, usually clad in red silk dhoti and shawl, then invokes life into the idol amidst the chanting of mantras. This ritual is called ‘pranapratishhtha’. After this the ‘shhodashopachara’ (16 ways of paying tribute) follows. Coconut, jaggery, 21 ‘modakas’ (rice flour preparation), 21 ‘durva’ (trefoil) blades and red flowers are offered. The idol is anointed with red unguent or sandal paste (rakta chandan). Throughout the ceremony, Vedic hymns from the Rig Veda and Ganapati Atharva Shirsha Upanishad, and Ganesha stotra from the Narada Purana are chanted.

For 10 days, from Bhadrapad Shudh Chaturthi to the Ananta Chaturdashi, Ganesha is worshipped. On the 11th day, the image is taken through the streets in a procession accompanied with dancing, singing, to be immersed in a river or the sea symbolizing a ritual see-off of the Lord in his journey towards his abode in Kailash while taking away with him the misfortunes of all man. All join in this final procession shouting “Ganapathi Bappa Morya, Purchya Varshi Laukariya” (O father Ganesha, come again early next year). After the final offering of coconuts, flowers and camphor is made, people carry the idol to the river to immerse it.

The whole community comes to worship Ganesha in beautifully done tents. These also serve as the venue for free medical checkup, blood donation camps, charity for the poor, dramatic performances, films, devotional songs, etc. during the days of the festival.

How to Celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi in a Traditional Way?

Ganesh Chaturthi celebrates the birth of Lord Ganesha, the beloved son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. For believers of Hindu philosophy and religion, Ganesh is considered to be the supreme god of wisdom, fortune and prosperity. While the festival is celebrated throughout India and other parts of the world with much pomp and show, the celebration turns most elaborate in Indian states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

The origin of the festival lies in the holy scriptures of the Hindus. There is a legend that goes behind the creation of Lord Ganesha and why He is worshipped at every auspicious occasion and festival before any other form of God. The Ganesh Chaturthi festival celebrates the creation of Lord Ganesha amidst prayers and chanting of mantras and Vedic hymns from the Rig Veda.

The festival begins 2-3 months prior to the day of Ganesh Chaturthi, when the making of a credible clay model of Lord Ganesha begins. The size of the model varies and may go up to 25 feet. It is placed on elaborated platforms for people to view and pay their homage on the day of the festival. A priest chants Vedic mantras and instills life into the idol, a ritual called ‘Pranpratisththa’.

This festival is widely celebrated for 10 days in Hyderabd & Secunderabad with the devotees praying bhajans for lord ganesha. Some of the popular bhajans are listed below.

  • “Gaja Vadana Gajaanana”
  • “Vinayaganae vinai theerpavanae”

Ganesh Chaturthi Pooja:

Ganesh pooja is done by all the family members on the day of ganesh chaturthi. The pooja is performed with the following items.

  • Idol of Lord Ganesha
  • Flowers
  • Coconut
  • Chandan
  • Agarbathis

The idol of lord ganesh is kept in the raised platform and with the presence of all the family members. Then pooja is performed by praying bhajans.

Ganesha Chaturthi Recipes:

This festival is celebrated along with the preparation of a lot of recipes. Some of the famous recipes that are prepared for the festival are:

  • Kolakattai
  • Ladoo
  • Rawa Ladoo
  • Puliyotharai
  • Sundal
  • Boli
  • Milk Kheer
  • Adirasam

Prospects of Ganesha Chaturthi:

  • Business man who aims for success in his life and business.
  • For curing the health related problems.
  • Blessings to get good education, health and peaceful life.

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