In the Ganesha Puja Paddhati, after bhuMi pUja and after chanting the Gayatri Mantram, we tell the sankalpam.
Giving the Time and Place, as per Indian Geography and Indian Calendar :
On this good tithi, in this good muhUrta, of the first (day of) brahma, in the second half, in th es’vEta varAha kalpa, in the manvantara of vaiwaswata, in the 28th kaliyuga, in the first pada (of kaliyuga), in jambudwIpa, in bharatavarSa, in bharatakhanDa, in this dEs’a to the south of the gOdAvarI, in s’rI rAma kshEtra, in the present 60 year cycle in use which starts with prabhava etc, in the year names vikRti, in the dakshinAyana (dakshiNa – southern ayana – direction of the sun’s course), in this rainy season, in this month of bhAdrapada, in the bright fortnight, on the fourth day, on sthiravasara (saturday), on this special day…..
Now if you are somewhere else, in Africa, for eg next year.. then you have to modify the sankalpa to take the place and date into account.
Stating the Purpose of the Puja :
For me with my entire family,
for our welfare and stability,
for our victory and health,
for an increase in our prosperity,
for the attainment of the 4 puruSArthAs : dharma, artha, kAma, mOksha,
for the attainment of the fruit of the desire of my (our) minds,
for the quietening of all bad things,
That which is to be done every year,
having kept vara siddhi vinAyaka dEvata in mind,
for the pleasure (delight) of vara siddhi vinAyaka dEvata,
in the method given in the kalpa,
according to my s’akthi (capacity, competence)
dhyAna (meditation/contemplation), AvAhana (invitation) Adi etc
I perform a pUja consisting of 16 upacArAs (services).
In the beginning I do pUja to gaNAdhipati for the uninterrupted completion of my pUja.
- We perform the gaNapati pUja, in the manner explained in the kalpa (a vEdAnga).
- We seek to please Vinayaka through our upacArAs.
- By pleasing Vinayaka, we seek to attain prosperity, long life, good health and attainment of the caturvidha puruSarthAs.
- We believe that by pleasing VinAyaka dEvatA, we will get what we need to live well.
- This idea has also been expressed in Chapter 3 of the Bhagavad Gita : Brahma said that we have to please the dEvAs by our yagnyAs and karma and they will look after our needs. This karma called vedOkta karma has been defined in the karma kAnda of the vEdAs.
- Are there other ways to please vinAyaka dEvata?
- Will VinAyaka, be pleased by our concern for environment and for our fellow human beings?
- Will Vinayaka be pleased by organisations like greenpeace who work hard to create environmental awareness?
- Will Vinayaka be pleased by the efforts of govt. primary school teachers, who work against all odds, to give a little knowledge to children who have no access to it?
- Will Vinayaka be pleased by children, who work hard at mastering the sciences and arts, maths and music?
I think it depends on our concept of Vinayaka. My Vinayaka feels happy when I make an effort at cleanliness, kindness, concern, learning and teaching. He feels pleased when I try to keep my mind pure and my thoughts sweet. He feels pleased when He senses the love in my heart for Him. And thus he grants my manOvAncchAs – the desires in my mind.
Jai Ganesa! On Namassivaaya!
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- Shodasha Ganapati Stotra is chanted for the removal of all obstacles
- Prana Pratishtha – prANa pratiSThA – invoking Ganesha into the vigraha
- Ganesha Puja : Sending out the Rakshasas and the Bhutas, and worshipping the Earth
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- Ganesh Patris – Different leaves offered during Ganesha Pooja (via OM GAM GANAPATHAYE NAMAHA)
- Date of Sri Rama
- Date of the Mahabharata War
- Date of Veda Mantras
- Equinoxes and Dating Vedas
- How many kinds of Sakas (Eras) are there?
- How many kinds of Yugas are there?
- Kalpas, Manvantaras, Samvatsaras
- Saptarishi Calendar
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