Celebrating the Spirit of Ganesh Chaturthi with Children

Lord Ganesh is coming to visit us again. While we are busy in the preparations for inviting him there are curious minds who want to know more about him…

Everyone in Maharashtra is busy with the preparation for welcoming Lord Ganesha. Similarly, our society is also welcoming him. Unlike the children of Pune, this is my daughter’s first Ganesh Chaturthi and she is very curious about the same. She is looking forward to participating in all the celebrations with much gusto and at the same time, she has a long list of questions as to why there are so many Ganesh idols available these days. Why is there a holiday on this day? Why is there a five-day celebration in our society? What is the whole celebration about?

I don’t want to leave her questions unanswered and thus I came up with a list of easy yet simple facts for her which she can remember. I told her:

  • Like her friends celebrate her birthday, in similar manner devotees of Lord Ganesha celebrate his birthday. Colourful and beautiful idols of Ganeshji are brought home to mark his birthday.
  • His mother’s name is Goddess Parvati and father’s name is Lord Shiva.
  • His favourite sweets are Modak and Bundi Ladoo.
  • The festival lasts for 10 days and people offer him his favourite sweets, gifts and sing songs to him.
  • On the 11th day, his idol is carried all over the city and after a puja, the idol is immersed in water. This is also known as Ganesh Visarjan.
  • Since Ganeshji helps in removing all the troubles and evils from our lives, he is also called Vighnaharta.

As I spoke to her about these facts, her questions were being answered one by one. She started memorising them quickly. Along with the facts I also told her that Ganeshji has distinct features with the head of an elephant and a body of a human. Each part of his body and belongings convey a special message to us. By now she was curious to know more. I started telling her the significance of each.

  • His head, which is like the elephant signifies that he is intelligent, loving and gentle. However, the big head also encourage us to think big
  • Large ears teach us to listen more
  • Small eyes show how we can concentrate more
  • His one tusk guides us on how to throw away the bad feelings and moments while retaining the good ones
  • Small-mouth disciplines us by talking less
  • Ganesha’s trunk signifies how we can prepare ourselves with ease and efficiency to adapt anywhere
  • His large stomach reveals how we should peacefully digest the good and bad in life
  • Om on his hand is the blessing he gives us. He also conveys that he protects us
  • Modak, his favourite sweet is a reward for learning something with dedication
  • Prasad indicates that the world is at your feet and people praise you
  • Last but definitely not the least, Ganeshji’s ride – the mouse signifies desire. If desires are not kept under control they will create a havoc in your life. Thereby, it is important to ride the desires and control them so that they don’t outshine you.

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Ganeshji undoubtedly is one of the most famous deities since people seek his blessings when they start something new. He is also believed to remove all obstacles. I together with my daughter pledge to go beyond the celebrations and attain the qualities which Lord Ganesh symbolises.

Vakratunda Mahakaya Suryakoti Samaprabha, Nirvighnam Kurume Sarve Karyeshu Sarvada

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Shubhra Rastogi Written by:

Well, about me I can say that I am a certified dentist, healthcare analyst, medical writer and above all a mother of a 6-year-old. Most of my day to day activities revolve around her and she is my inspiration to start this blog. As a mother, I experimented with a lot of new things for my little one in a quest to find the best for her. I just want to share my experiences of being a happy and content mum.

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