The Great Saint Swami Sivananda On the Ganesh Chaturthi day

Meditate on the stories connected with Lord Ganesha early in the morning, during the Brahmamuhurta period. Then, after taking a bath, go to the temple and do the prayers of Lord Ganesha. Offer Him some coconut and sweet pudding. Pray with faith and devotion that He may remove all the obstacles that you experience on the spiritual path. Worship Him at home, too. You can get the assistance of a pundit. Have an image of Lord Ganesha in your house. Feel His Presence in it. Don"t look at the moon

while praying Lord Ganesha. It will offend Him. Avoid the company of all those

who have no faith in God, and who deride God, your Guru and religion, from this very day. Take fresh spiritual resolves and pray to Lord Ganesha for inner spiritual strength to attain success in all your undertakings. Lord Ganesha is a benign God. He listens to His followers" prayers. May the blessings of Sri Ganesha be upon you all! May He remove all the obstacles that come your spiritual path! May He bestow on you all material prosperity as well as liberation!

This god of wisdom has two wives, Siddhi and Buddhi. Sidlhi is achievement and Buddhi is intellect. These two, together, when fully utilized, lead one towards wisdom. But it is the celibate God Ganapati who is most  popular as god of learning, especially among students. Schooling in India starts with homage to Ganesha and early lettering to kids starts with "shri ganeshaya namah." In his first lesson in the alphabet a Maharashtrian child is initiated into the Mantra of Lord Ganesha, Om Sri Ganeshaya Namah. Only then is the alphabet taught.

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