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Simple Ganesha Prayers and Mantras for Ganesh Chaturthi

Here are few simple Ganesha Prayers and Mantras you can chant during Ganesh Chaturthi

OM Sri Ganeshaya Namah

Prostrations to the Great Lord Ganesha

OM Sri Maha Ganapataye Namah

Prostrations to the Great Lord Ganapati.

Shuklaambaradharam Vishnum
Shashivarnam Chaturbhujam
Prasannavadanam Dhyaayeth

He who is attired in a white garment
Who is all-pervading and has the complexion of the moon
Who has four arms and a bright and gracious countenance
On him we meditate for the removal of obstacles.

Varkratunda Mahakaya
Surya Koti Sama Prabha
Nirvighnam Kurumedeva
Sarva Karyeshu Sarvada

O Lord, with a twisted trunk and immense body,
Radiant with the effulgence of a million suns:
O Lord, may all our endeavors
Always be accomplished without obstacles.

Ganesha vachanam shruthva pranathaa
Bhakthi bhaavathah
Paprachchustham punah shaanthaa
Gnyaanam broohi Gajaanana

Listening to the words of Ganesha
With prayer and devotion we ask again-
Teach us the knowledge of peace, oh Gajanana!


Book – Historic Temples in Pakistan – A Call to Conscience

Historic Temples in Pakistan – A Call to Conscience documents HinduTemples and pilgrimage sites in Pakistan through 400 photographs. The book is the result of the combined effort of writer Reema Abbasi and photographer Madiha Aijaz.
The book chronicles various Hindu scared pilgrimage sites like Hinglaj, Katas Raj, Kalka cave temple, Panchmukhi Hanuman Mandir and Shivala Mandir located in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh in Pakistan.
The book is published by Niyogi Books.
From the flyer
Historic Temples in Pakistan: A Call to Conscience makes a case for keeping ancient emblems of faith alive and for pluralism in a land of irony that has been home to multiple ancient faiths yet stands besieged by unpalatable extremism. It also aspires to enshrine the ideal of liberty.  By framing an all-inclusive piety, this book sets out to ignite a discourse and the collective conscience of a nation numbed into silence, fear or the false conviction of the supremacy of a singular rel…

It Is True Money Cannot Buy Happiness – But Still We Need Money

It is true that money cannot buy happiness. The statement that richest people are not necessarily the happiest is also true. But still, we need money to manage our day-to-day affairs. Being spiritual and religious does not mean we should criticize wealth and those who are rich or are making money.
Being spiritual and religious means understanding the Truth that happiness lies inside and it cannot be found outside in another living being or materialistic things.
Make money but always remember that it cannot give you happiness. You are happiness itself and for that, you need not look outside – it is within you.
Money creates a problem when we allow it to dominate us. When we allow it to decide what we are. Never allow money to be the criteria in making friends, relations, decisions and social relationships.
We should control money and not the other way around.
Again we should never be attached to the wealth we make. Use it wisely.
When wealth is accidentally lost see it as an opportuni…

Why is Ganesh Chaturthi So Important in Maharashtra - The Reason for the Prominence of Ganesha in Maharashtra

Talk about Ganesh Chaturthi and the first thing that comes to mind is the celebrations in Maharashtra. Ever thought why is Ganesha one of the most popular deities in Maharashtra? Even though Lord Ganesh is one of the most popular gods in Hindu pantheon, in the state of Maharashtra in India Lord Ganesh has an edge over other deities.
Adi Shankaracharya in ninth century AD popularized the panchayatana - the worship of five major deities in Hindu homes. Shiva, Vishnu, Surya, Shakti and Ganesha were the five idols that Adi Shankara asked people to worship at home. In tenth century AD, Ganapataya Sampradaya, a religious movement with Lord Ganesha as the supreme deity, gained momentum among Marathi speaking people. The sect equated Ganapati with Brahman and believed that Ganesha is the visual representation of ‘OM’ – the very first sound or Vaak.
The Bhakti cult that revolved around Ganesha produced several famous saints like the Moraya Gosavi who lived at Morav near Pune in early seventee…