Gauri Pooja and its celebration before Ganesh Chaturthi

Gauri Pooja and its celebration before Ganesh Chaturthi

One of the very important festivals celebrated in many parts of India is the Gauri festival. It is celebrated one day before the celebration of the famous Ganesh Chaturthi. This festival is known by many other names in different states like Gauri Ganesha or the Gowri Habba in the state of Karnataka. The married women are the ones for whom this festival has major importance. If we look at the Hindu calendar, this festival is celebrated on Bhadrapada Shuddha Tritiya. From the just next day, the eve of Ganesh Chaturthi starts and this day according to the Hindu calendar is called Bhadrapada Shuddha Chaturthi.

Jyeshtha Gauri Pooja

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So as to promote out their interests, all the married women celebrate the Gauri festival. It is a common saying that on this day whomsoever ladies celebrate this festival; goddess Gauri bestows her kind blessings over them. Their husbands are blessed with a long and prosperous life along with beauty and fertility. This festival is same as the Varamahalakshmi Vrata with the only difference that on this day worship of Goddess Lakshmi is done instead of Goddess Gauri.

Who are Gauri and Ganesha
Goddess Gauri is the wife of Lord Shiva. It is said according to the mythology that Goddess Parvati also known as Goddess Gauri created Lord Ganesha with some small amount of turmeric power with the help of her body. The occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi and is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha.

Lord Ganesha is considered to be very auspicious God and he is considered as the lord of wisdom and prosperity. This festival is celebrated in the Hindu month, Bhadrapada. So as to please Lord Ganesha and to celebrate their birthday, Indians all over the world celebrate the festive occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. The entire festival is of ten days. For initial three days, two beautiful idols of Goddess Gauri are brought home and are worshipped with proper ceremony and rituals. It is the significance of health, prosperity, happiness and wealth. The idols of Gauri are considered to be the sister of Lord Ganesha. In the region of West Bengal, Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswati are taken as sisters of Lord Ganesha whereas many legends also say that these two are the wives of Lord Ganesha called as Riddhi and Siddhi respectively.

It is said that Goddess Gauri is the creator and the mother of Lord Ganesha and hence she should be worshipped before celebrating the birthday of Lord Ganesha.

Tale of Goddess Gauri and Lord Ganesha

The mythology has a beautiful legend behind the Lord Ganesha and his creation in the universe. It is said that Goddess Parvati used to be alone in the Kailash which is said to be the abode of Lord Shiva. In her lonely time, she created a statue from the dust of her own body and put life into that statue. This statue was given the name Ganesha in love by Goddess Parvati. When she went to take bath, she ordered Ganesha to guard and not to allow anyone to enter the cave. When Lord Shiva came there, he was not aware that Ganesha is the son of Goddess Parvati.

He asked Lord Ganesha to get aside so that he could enter the cave but when Ganesha did not allow him he immediately chopped off the head of Ganesha in his anger. When Goddess Parvati came to know all this, she became very angry and in all this, the head of Lord Ganesha got lost. Then Lord Shiva ordered his people to get the head of the very first animal they find in their way and this was the only way to save Lord Ganesha life. The first animal being found was a white elephant and his head were bought for Lord Ganesha. This is the reason why Lord Ganesha is having the face of an elephant.

Rituals and the procession followed by Gauri Festival

Goddess Gauri is ideally worshipped with full devotion and love by the women. Gauri is called as incarnations of the Adi Shakti which mean the ultimate and the main source of the power. On the occasion of Gauri Pooja, an idol of Goddess Gauri is made from the turmeric powder and then further Goddess Gauri is placed at a sacred place in the home. The idol is placed over the handful of rice or some other cereals. In some cases, women also make a canopy out of the banana and the mango leaves. Once the idol of Goddess Gauri is being worshipped, the next day Lord Ganesha is brought and for the next 10 days, he is being worshipped.

This way, both of the festivals are celebrated with great fun, joy and happiness thus spreading good powers and thoughts everywhere.


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