Sri Ganesa in our temple is called “Siddhi Kamala Ganapathy”. ‘Siddhi’ is a ‘Sakthi’ or ‘Power’. ‘Kamalam’ or ‘Kamalā’ is an aspect of Lakshmi and is a Devata or ‘Ambāl’. Kamalam means ‘Lotus’ flower. Unlike other temples where He is in a Padmāsanā posture, Ganapathy in this temple has one leg folded and the other leg is stretched while in a sitting posture, similar to Sri Rāja Rajeswari, Sri Bhuvaneswari or Sri Dakshināmurthy, and the foot is rested on a lotus flower. The idol is almost 5 feet in height and the trunk, offset on the right-hand side, is holding an ‘Amrutha Kalasam’. As such, He commands greater power or ‘Sakthi’. He is the granter of all ‘Siddhis’ along with the power of ‘Kamala’ and hence the name “Siddhi Kamala Ganapathy”. In the month of Āvani Chathurthi (corresponding to Aug 15- Sept 15, 2010), it is proposed to complete chanting the ‘Moola Mantram’ of Ganesa 400,000 times and conduct a ‘Dasamsa Homam’ during Vināyaka Chathurthi.
About Lord Ganesa :
Ganesa is known as the eradicator of obstacles and god of beginnings. He is considered as the first god to be worshiped. He is worshiped for good luck and is one of the most popular gods in Hinduism. Although Ganesa can be worshiped every day, there are certain days that are more auspicious than others. It is believed that his connection to Earth are strongest on these days.
- Ganesa Chaturthi Festival
Ganesa Chaturthi is not only the biggest Ganesa festival, but it is also one of the most popular festivals in India. The exact date of the festival varies each year and is based off the Hindu lunar calendar. During this time, Ganesa worshipers honor statues of their beloved deity, say prayers and participate in parades. The celebration is most popular in Maharashtra, where Hindus believe Ganesa ruled for a period of time.
- Before Important Events
Ganesa is the bearer of good fortune. Thus, he is invoked before any business transaction or project is started. He is also known as the patron of writers because he is attributed to writing the Hindu epic “The Mahabarata.” Thus, writers will pay homage to Lord Ganesa before beginning a writing project.
- Tuesdays and Thursdays:
In Hinduism, each day of the week is represented by a different god or goddess. Ganesa happens to be worshiped on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Priests will perform a “Puja” or a ceremony dedicated to a Ganesa shrine. Some devout Ganesa worshipers may even choose to fast on these days.
- Sankashti Chaturthi:
Sankashti Chaturthi also known as Sankata Hara Chaturthi is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Ganesha. This day is observed in every Lunar month of Hindu calendar month on the fourth day of Krishna Paksha (dark lunar phase or the waning phase). If this Chaturthi falls on a Tuesday it is called Angaraki Sankashti Chaturthi. Angaraki Sankashti Chaturthi is considered highly important among all Sankashti Chaturthi days.
Sloka for Daily Worship:
Mooshika Vaahana Modhaka Hastha Chaamara
Karna Vilambitha Suthra Vaamana Roopa
Maheshwara Puthra Vigna Vinaayaka Paadha Namasthey.
திருவாக்கும் செய்கருமம் கைகூட்டும் செஞ்சொற்
பெருவாக்கும் பீடும் பெருக்கும்-உருவாக்கும்
ஆதலால் வானோரும் ஆனை முகத்தானைக்
காதலால் கூப்புவர் தம் கை.