Vinayaka Chaturthi The Feast Day Of Ganesha

1782 words, 8 pages

Intro Sample...

The feast day sacred to Ganesha, one of the most worshipped Hindu deities, is called Vinayaka Chaturthi (or Ganesha Chaturthi). It is held on the “brightest fort-night of Bhadrapada,” referring to the time period of August through September (Fuller, 1607). Chaturthi is held in commemoration of his birth, his ability to remove great obstacles from great undertakings and bestow great happiness and fortune (Gupte, 54-55). Ganesha is a very unique and fascinating god, which contributes to his popularity. He is the elephant-headed god, with a trunk and one broken tusk, short and stout stature, a round belly, pale colored, and four arms. He is usually riding on a rat and in each hand he holds a water-lily, conch shell, revolving disc, and a... View More »

Body Sample...

The Brahman was so excited at this surprising fortune and took a sensible amount of both home to his wife, filled with pride. After his wife worshipped, Ganesha blessed their family with success and happiness. (Mukerji, 16-18)

The second story linked to the festival is considered fairly crude but the lesson very meaningful. There were two neighbors, one was rich, the other poor. One day the poor man was suddenly extremely wealthy and his rich neighbor asked him how this had happened. The poor man told him that his wife had decided to worship Ganesha on the night of Ganesha Chaturthi. The god had been so pleased with their modest offering of a handful of sesamum and sugar that he personally visited their home and bestowed riches upon them. That night, the poor man and his wife were awakened from sleeping in their room by a voice in their small closet where the offering and puja—worship or religious ritual—had just been carried out. The wife thought it was a vandal, so she alerted her husband, and they both listened to the voice of, what sounded like, a madman. The voice said, “I am very pleased with you,” and even introduced himself as Chauth Gosain—another name for Ganesha—but the couple continued to think it was a crazy person in their closet. He then said, “I want to ease myself,” and “I want to make water,” and “I want to weep,” and “I want to laugh.” All to which the couple responded the same way, trying to humor him by saying, in a “semi-sarcastic” tone, that there were four corners in the little closet that he could do each of those things. The couple was kept ...

Read More

Related Essays on Vinayaka Chaturthi The Feast Day Of Ganesha

  • Ganesh Pooja Essay

    1008 words, 5 pages

    On September 15th, I attended Ganesh Puja at the Durga Temple located in Lorton Virginia with my family. Although, the event mainly focused on one of the Hindu God named Ganesh, I came to learn that people with all Hindu faiths worship at the same temple. In addition, the temple also offers a variety of educational and cultural activities to the people at the local Hindu community. A warm welcome by the event coordinator at the door step made us more curious about the ceremony which we have never experienced before. Before attending the Ganesh Puja ceremony, I to

    View Document »

    World Literature

    2984 words, 12 pages

    Sirisha Jala Dr. Norris World Literature 23 July 2013 Role of Women in the Knight of the Lion vs. Role of Women in Mahabharata Laudine, Lunete, Draupadi, and Satyavati displayed that the truly powerful do not cling to power. The ladies Laudine, Lunete, Draupadi, and Satyvati knew when and how to wield power but also, even more important, to when not to use it. In King Arthur’s court represented in the “Knight of the Lion,” women play a centrally important role. Not only do they often influence the heroes of such stories in many ways, they even exert a strong

    View Document »

    New Atlantis

    13707 words, 55 pages

    WE sailed from Peru, where we had continued by the space of one whole year, for China and Japan, by the South Sea, taking with us victuals for twelve months; and had good winds from the east, though soft and weak, for five months' space and more. But then the wind came about, and settled in the west for many days, so as we could make little or no way, and were sometimes in purpose to turn back. But then again there arose strong and great winds from the south, with a point east; which carried us up, for all that we could do, toward the north: by which time our victual

    View Document »

    Romeo And Juliet

    1774 words, 8 pages

    In the streets of Verona, another brawl breaks out between the servants of the feuding noble families of Capulet and Montague. Benvolio, a Montague, tries to stop the fighting, but is himself embroiled when the rash Capulet, Tybalt, arrives on the scene. After citizens outraged by the constant violence beat back the warring factions, Prince Escalus, the ruler of Verona, attempts to prevent any further conflicts between the families by decreeing death for any individual who disturbs the peace in the future. Romeo, the son of Montague, runs into his cousin Benvolio, who had earlier seen Romeo mo

    View Document »

    Country House Poems

    1741 words, 7 pages

    Historically, in the time period these pieces were written in Country Houses were seen as a symbol of power and wealth. It was clear that the more land you owned the more power you had. This is why the country side quickly became a more popular place for the rich and powerful, because there was a surplus of land up for grabs. Power and wealth are two of the more probable reasons why Ben Jonson, Aemilia Lanyer, and Andrew Marvell wrote their country house poems. Because, by complimenting the country estates, they also gave compliments to the owners and proprietors who would likely give them fa

    View Document »


    1763 words, 8 pages

    The history of Judaism begins. The topics that we will be discussing are: the relationship with God/Taroh, the history of the keys sacred texts. We will be learning about the Ten Commandments and the city of Jerusalem. We will also talk about the nation of Israel and the different divisions of Judaism. We also go find out what the meaning of the Holocaust and what it meant to this religion. I will be describing their sacred practices and holidays, along with where Judaism is today. If you have any questions please feel free to ask. The Torah is the teachings or

    View Document »

    The Concept Of Christmas

    1332 words, 6 pages

    “To Celebrate Christmas” “About two thousand years ago, in the town of Nazareth, there lived a young woman named Mary. She was engaged to be married to Joseph, a carpenter. One day an angel appeared before her and told her she had been chosen to have a special baby. The baby would be God's son and she must call him Jesus. Mary and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem. Mary was very tired and needed a place to stay. At each inn, the story was the same. There was no room for them. Eventually, one kind innkeeper said he had a stable where he kept his animals. They were welcome to stay there. Mary gave

    View Document »

    History Of Great Britain

    13454 words, 54 pages

    1. Great Britain: General Facts The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) is located on the British Isles. The British Isles consist of two large islands, Great Britain and Ireland, and about five thousand small islands. Their total area is over 244 000 square kilometers. The United Kingdom is made up of four countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Their capitals are, respectively, London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast. Great Britain itself consists of England, Scotland and Wales and does not include Northern Irela

    View Document »

    Arima Dial

    1739 words, 7 pages

    Arima has always been regarded as the home of the Amerindians. Although it is difficult to find a 'pureblood' Amerindian within the district of Arima, or anywhere else in Trinidad, there is still evidence of their existence and the lingering impact of their cultural influence. Like many other regions in Trinidad, Arima, which emerged on the banks of what is known today as the Arima River, in fact received its name from an Amerindian word which means water. Situated in North-central Trinidad it has been, for more than a century, the most easterly settlement in the interior of Trinidad. Nestl

    View Document »

    Research Paper

    1462 words, 6 pages

    William Shakespeare is one of the most famous authors in history. He has written many famous books such as Romeo and Juliet or Much Ado About Nothing. In the history of literature, his name would be on the top part of the list. William Shakespeare was baptized on April 26, 1564in the parish church of Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire England. The exact date of his birth is unknown and many people use his baptized date as his birthday. Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor. William was the third child of John and Mary Shakespeare. Of William’s seven siblings, only one of his

    View Document »

More Popular Essays

Research help is just moments away!