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Monday Mantra to Lord Ganesha

Today's Monday Mantra is to Lord Ganesha, the remover of obstacles, in honour of Ganesh Chaturthi taking place later this week. On Ganesh Chaturthi, the anniversary of Lord Ganesha's birth, he is also worshipped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. This mantra can also help resolve inner conflicts that we might project onto external situations.

Lord Ganesha produces order in the outer world. The tangible effects can often seem like a sudden, almost magical disappearance of obstacles.

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Ganesh Chaturthi celebrates the anniversary of Lord Ganesha’s birth - or more specifically, how he came to have the head of an elephant. This story always fascinated my students when I was teaching Hinduism GCSE.

Ganesha was the son of Parvati and Shiva. Parvati created him in human form, entirely out of clay and gave him life. At this time, Shiva was away in battle. Parvati asked her son to guard the bath house whilst she bathed and not to let anyone in. Shiva returned from war and tried to enter the bath house, but was denied entry - neither Shiva nor Ganesha knew who the other was. Shiva was furious at being kept from his own bath house and fought with Ganesha, eventually cutting off the boy’s head.

When Parvati left the bath house and saw that her husband had killed their son, she too was furious. Shiva was no fool, and knew he had to fix his error or incur his wife’s wrath, so he sent his men out to bring back the head of the first creature they found. The men came across an elephant who willingly sacrificed his head for the honour of bringing back to life the son of Shiva and Parvati.

Shiva bought Ganesha back to life and his story is considered to be one of rebirth and regeneration. He is worshipped as a bringer of luck and prosperity. He was also the God to help the gods and humans in keeping balance by bringing obstacles to block the progression of evil and removing obstacles from the paths of goodness.

Om Gum Ganapathayei Namaha

ohm goom gunna-patta-yay nam-a-har

Om and Salutations to the Remover of Obstacles

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