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Ganapati 2011 – Photos of Unique Ganesha during Vinayaka Chaturthi 2011

This is a collection of photos of Ganapati during Ganesh Chaturthi 2011. Majority of the pictures are of eco-friendly Ganeshas that were installed during Vinayaka Chaturthi.

About Hindu God Ganapati – Mahaganapati, The First To Be Worshipped

This article is written by Dr. A V Srinivasan on the auspicious occasion of Ganapati festival. Ganapati or Ganesha is the remover obstacles in Hinduism and everything begins after offering prayers to him. There isn’t a Hindu who does not recognize instantly the most revered God Mahaaganapati. Irrespective of the region of India, irrespective of one’s special affiliation to any aspect of Hindu religion, Hindus offer their first prayer by invoking and worshipping Mahaaganapati, the Lord of obstacles, before any auspicious tasks are undertaken. Even westerners who have little exposure to Hinduism know the “elephant-headed” God. It is a common Hindu belief that the first prayers must be offered to Mahaaganapati seeking His blessings to proceed so that the rest of the mission may proceed smoothly and without incident. For example, most concerts of Indian classical music begin with a composition in praise of Mahaaganapati. Lord Ganapati occupies a very special place in the hearts of Hindus a…

Jal Jhulni Ekadasi – Jal Jhulani Ekadashi

Jal Jhulni, or Jal Jhulani Ekadashi, is observed during the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Bhadrapad month and is dedicated to Sri Krishna. Jal Jhulni Ekadasi 2016 date is September 13. This Ekadasi is of great significance in many temples in Rajasthan.
The popular belief is that Sri Krishna took Gopis in Vrindavan for boating on YamunaRiver and in return demanded yoghurt. So people donate and share yoghurt on the day.
As part of puja on the day, an idol of Krishna is taken to a lake or river and worshipped. The idol is also taken on a boat ride on the river. 
Some temples in Rajasthan conduct special pujas and processions on the day.
This Ekadasi is known as Jal Zilani or Jal Jhilani Ekadasi in Gujarat. In other regions it is also known as Parivartini Ekadasi.

Watch Ganesh Chaturthi 2011 Live Online from Pandals in Mumbai

Ganesh Chaturthi 2011 Live online from pandals in Mumbai is a unique attempt by the Bappa Morya website which is presenting onlinecharaja in 2011. You can see Ganesh Aarti, Atharvashirsh recitals, prayers, rituals and all other programs as they happen form important Ganesh Mandals in Mumbai.
LinkGanesh Chaturthi 2011 Live Online
Alternative Link – Ganesh Chaturthi Live

Musings on Ganesha – Sathya Sai Baba

What is the meaning of the name Ganapati? Where are the Ganas? What is their form? When you investigate this, you find that the five organs of perception and the five organs of action are the Ganas. The mind is the master over these ten organs. Buddhi or intellect is the discriminating faculty above the mind. The ten senses, the mind and the intellect together constitute the Ganas.
Ganapathi is the Lord of the intellect and the higher knowledge. The question may be asked: Are the intellect and the higher knowledge present in the external world or are they to be found within man? The answer is that He is present within each human being. There is no need to seek for him in the outside world. Ganapathi dwells in every human being in the form of intellect and wisdom.
Ganapati has the appellation Vinayaka because there is no master above him. He is all powerful and independent. Without recognizing the esoteric significance of the Vinayaka principle people look only at the external form and o…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – September 1, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on September 1, 2011 – Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or fourth day of waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi from 2:01 AM on September 1, 2011 to 11:31 PM on September 1. Before 2:01 AM on August 1, 2011 it is Shukla Paksha Tritiya tithi or the third day of the waxing phase of moon. After 11:31 it is Panchami tithi. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Hasta or Hastham or Atham Nakshatra till 8:05 AM on September 1, 2011. Afterwards it is Chitra or Chithira or Chithira Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi till 7:36 PM. Afterwards it is Tula Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Ganesh Chaturthi. Vinayaka Chavithi. 12-day Ganeshotsav begins
Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Chaturthi or fourth day of the light phase of moon in Bhadrapad month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Chaturthi or fourth day of the light ph…

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