This week begins the global celebration of Ganesh, the most beloved Roop or Vibhuti (representation) of our Creator. Beloved of little children & worshiped by the oldest & most accomplished, Ganesh (Gan-Ish – Lord of the people) or Gana-Pati (protector of the people) converts all of India and the entire Global Indian Diaspora with a radiant happiness that is impossible to describe.
Below is our most favorite photo of what Ganapati means to kids.
The most commonly used attribute of Ganesh is Vighna-Harta (विघ्न-हर्ता – obstacle-remover). It is a part of the ancient invocation:
वक्रतुण्ड् महाकाय सूर्यकोटि समप्रभ निर्विघ्नं कुरु मे देव सर्व कार्येषु सर्वदा
You are of a curved trunk, a huge body and with radiance that is like 10 million suns;
God, please make my path always free of obstacles in all tasks.
In a world suffering from the ravages of CoronaVirus, we pray to Ganesh to remove this enormous obstacle from this world.
स्वस्ति अस्तु भवतु
May You Attain Svasti
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