Ganesha Chaturti Festival, 9 September, Dehra Dun
Ganesha Chaturti festival falls on the 4th day of the bright side of the lunar calender from mid-August to mid-September, known as Bhadrapada month according to Hindu calender.
Traditional stories tell that Lord Vinayak was created by goddess Parvati, consort of Lord Shiva. Parvati created Vinayak out of sandalwood paste that she used for her bath and breathed life into the figure. She then set him to stand guard at her door while she bathed. Lord Shiva returned and, as Vinayak didn't know him, he didn't allow him to enter. Lord Shiva became enraged and asked his follower-ghosts to teach the child some manners. Vinayak was very powerful, being born of Parvati, the embodiment of shakti (or power). He defeated the ghost-followers (called "Ghanas") and declared nobody was allowed to enter while his mother was bathing. The sage of heavens, Narada, along with the Saptarshi (the seven wise rishis) sensed a growing turmoil and went to appease the boy with no results. Angered, the king of Gods, Indra, attacked the boy with his entire heavenly army but even they didn't stand a chance. By then, this issue had become a matter of pride for Parvathi and Shiva.
After the devas were defeated, the trinity - the controller, preserver and destroyer of the universe - launched an attack against Vinayak. Amidst the fighting, Shiva severed the head of the child and brought on Parvathi's rage. Seeing her son dead, Parvathi revealed her true self, as the Adi-shakti, the prime energy that fuels the universe and sustains matter. Taking on a terrible form, she vowed to destroy the universe where her son was killed and re-create a better one. The Gods prostrated before her and Shiva promised that her son will live again. The trinity hunted the world for a head and came across a mother elephant crying for her dead baby. They consoled the mother and fixed the head of the baby elephant in place of Vinayak's head. Lord Shiva also declared that from this day the boy would be called as "Vinayak" (Gana-Isha, Lord of the Ganas). In this way, Lord Vinayak came to be depicted as the elephant-headed God.
The Divine Supreme Consciousness is worshipped as remover of all obstacles. Vighna is obstacle. Vighneshwara is Lord of obstacles. So He removes all obstacles. Amongst all the concepts of Hinduism six main concepts are Brahma (Consciousness arising to create), Vishnu (created imaginations sustained or protected widely) and Shiva (withdrawal of all that is created back into the real Self). The other three are the concept of Mother Compassionate (the presence of energy in Supreme Consciousness), Kartikeya (commander of all Divine forces) and Ganesha (remover of all obstacles). One God - many forms and names. As the needs arise humans would like to pray to The Divinity to manifest and bless in that form.
Ganesha is widely popular amongst all Hindus all over India and other parts of the world. However this festival is more celebrated in a big way in Maharashtra, South India, Odissa.
Monday 9 September, Dehra Dun
In the Dhyana Mandir Of Dehra Dun
Ganesha Chaturti is being celebrated
in the benign presence of Shri Shivarudra Balayogi Maharaj
from 10am with special Meditation and puja.
Mangala Arati will be performed at 12 Noon which is considered as auspicious moment of birth of Lord Ganesha.All are welcome to come and receive Shri Shivabalayogi Guru Maharaj's blessings