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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Ganesha Chaturthi September 8/ 9, 2013.

Dear Members:

Schedule of Vinayaka chaturthi celebration this year

Vinayaka Chaturthi is to be observed on September 9, 2013 in middle-East countries, India, Srilanka, Maldives, and other countries to the east of India like Myanmar, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New zealand, etc.

Those living in USA, Canada, and other countries of American continents, and U.K. and European countries must observe this on September 8, 2013 itself since Chaturthi thithi begins for these places before Noon on September 8, 2013. (check if Chaturthi thithi operates between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at your place and based on that celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi on Sept 8/ Sept 9, 2013)

Though every Chaturthi thithi of every month is auspicious for worship of Lord Ganesha, Vinaayaka Chaturthi that falls in Sravana month sukhla chaturthi is of special significance. Worship of Lord Vinaayaka on this auspicious day will bestow capacity to overcome all obstacles in life, accomplishment of all tasks with perfection, intelligence, and countless benefits from both materialistic and spiritual points of view.

It is customary to offer pooja to a clay image of Lord Vinaayaka (Vinaayaka is the Presiding Deity for Moolaadhaara chakra for which the element is Earth!), and then immerse it in water bodies on subsequent days (avoiding Fridays, Tuesdays for the purpose). But, please avoid keeping "plaster of paris" idols for pooja and doing the ceremony of immersing those environmentally incompatible images in water bodies....It is a great sin to do like that. If you are keeping "plaster of paris" images of Vinaayaka for pooja, just keep it in a safe place in your house and avoid immersing it in the sea or other water bodies. It is my request to all our members.

On a different note, members whose close relatives are in the family way should avoid immersing the clay idols kept in Vinayaka Chaturthi pooja till the child is delivered safely. Once the child is born, the clay idol can be immersed later on an auspicious day. This is consistent with time-hallowed traditions.

Those who know Tamil can recite "Vinaayagar Agaval" "Vinaayakar Kaarya siddhi maalai", "Vinaayakar kavacham(by Kapila Muni)", etc. Recital/ listening to Ganapathy Atharvaseersham is very auspicious. Our Paaraayanam group members can listen to Ganapathy Mangala Maalika sthothram, Vakrathunda sthothram (that has powerful beejas in it), etc. on that day from our files section.

Those who find it difficult to perform elaborate poojas can please Lord Ganesha by simple recital of His Holy Names like

"Om Kshipra Prasaadanaaya namah" (Salutations to Thee who art pleased easily)
Om Gananaathaaya namah (Salutations to Thee who art the Leader of all Living Beings).
Om Vignavinaasanaaya namah (Salutations to Thee who Removes all obstacles).


We are planning a Grand Homam on Vinaayaka Chaturthi day this year also. The homams will be done with the Vaancha Kalpa Ganapathy mantra , Durga Ganapathy mantra, Ucchistha Ganapathy mantra, Ganapathy Atharvaseersha mantra, and Panchamukha Ganesha mantra in an elaborate way praying for Universal welfare.

Those who wish to participate as general sponsors in the austerities are most welcome to do so by clicking the links below:

Different pooja sponsorships (please click the drop-down menu for your choices)
Enter name, nakshatra, gothra

Please note that we will not be dispatching the homam holy ash or other prasad to anyone by post; those who can attend this in person at our residence at Villivakkam are most welcome; regarding the others, inclusion of your name/ nakshatra and gothra during the sankalpam is deemed "in-absentia" participation and the results will accrue as per doctrines of dharma shastra in this regard.  Of course, the Holy Ash is preserved at my residence and you may collect that anytime later also - whenever you can come and meet me at my office cum residence (even months later!).

My best wishes to everyone. May Lord Ganesha - the Destroyer of obstacles - Bless us all.

Blessed be.

Astrological and Remedial consultant

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