In India, Lord Ganesha is worshiped before the commencement of almost every task. He is worshiped first in almost all rituals of Hinduism. In fact, Lord Ganesha is almost synonymous with the beginning of any work. Ever wondered why is it that we worship Ganesha first? Let’s find out.
What The Scriptures Say
According to the Ganapati Upanishad, Lord Ganesha appeared even before the creation of nature (prakriti) and consciousness (purusha). This is an important link as to why Lord Ganesha is worshiped before beginning any task. According to this scriptures, Lord Ganesha is eternal and He appeared even before the process of creation.
Once Goddess Parvati instructed Lord Ganesha to guard the gates and not to let anybody enter. As Ganesha stood on guard, Lord Shiva came and headed towards his room. When He was prevented from entering the house by Ganesha, Lord Shiva became furious and chopped off Ganesha’s head. Hearing Ganesha’s scream, Goddess Parvati came running and on seeing Ganesha’s plight she became furious. She pledged to destroy the world if Her son was not brought back to life. Then Lord Shiva replaced Ganesha’s head with an elephant’s and brought Him back to life. Seeing this condition of Her son, Parvati became extremely sad. So, Lord Shiva bestowed Ganesha with divine powers and declared that no puja or good work will ever be deemed complete without invoking Lord Ganesha’s name and blessings.
Hence, Lord Ganesha became the ‘pratham pujya’ or the one who is worshiped first.
According to the yogic principles, our material life as well as our spiritual journey starts from the ‘Muladhara’ chakra which is controlled by Lord Ganesha. Hence, to complete our life cycle without any obstacles, we need the blessings of Lord Ganesha.
Since He is the one who gets rid of all the obstacles from our lives, we worship Lord Ganesha before beginning any important work.
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