It’s time again for our favourite festival Ganesh Chaturthi. Celebrations have been rather muted since last year due to Corona pandemic, but thanks to the blessings of Bappa, we continue to celebrate his annual arrival for 10 days of gala festivity with a “ never say die spirit”.
Two interesting bits of information. Ganesha means lord (Esha) of multitude of people ( gana) and no doubt his popularity with masses lives upto its name. Secondly, there are 108 names ( some texts say 1008 names) of our favourite lord. Based on his 8 most popular names, I have composed a prayer to be offered to the Lord for the benefit of the entire mankind.
Oh Gajanan, the elephant God
May you trample all the evils residing in me
Oh Vignahaharta, the obstacle remover
May you clear hurdles enroute my journey
Oh Vinayaka, the son of Gauri
May you keep the childlike enthusiasm alive in me
Oh Bhalchandra, the moon faced baby
May you keep the innocence of a baby preserved in me
Oh Ekdanta, the one-tooth God
May no one ever show teeth unjustifiably to me
Oh Vakratunda, the God with curved trunk
May I negotiate curves in my way successfully
Oh Lambodara, the lord with huge belly
May I always be hungry for more knowledge
Oh Krishnapingaksha, the lord with dark, smoky eyes
May all the clouds of darkness covering my eyes be removed
Ganpati Bappa Moriya! May the next year’s Ganesh Chaturthi be grander and Corona free!