Festivals at Sri Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple
Sri Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple celebrates Chaturthi as a major festival. More details as below.
Chaturthi is a day of importance for Lord Vinayagar and is considered auspicious to initiate any new endeavors. This occurs twice a month - during the growing moon period and then during the waning moon period.
One of the Chaturthi related stories from Hindu Mythology goes as follows…
Once while sitting in the Chithra Mandapam, Lord Shiva and Goddess Shakthi saw an elephant in ‘Omkara’ form. It is when Lord Vinayagar came into existence under their blessings to protect the Gods. Incarnated as the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Shakthi, Vinayagar was asked by Lord Shiva to be the leader of all Apostles (ganangal). Henceforth he became to be named as Lord Ganesha.
Lord Shiva also blessed that devotees who worship Lord Ganesha, will be gotten rid of their obstacles (vignangal) in life. We celebrate this occasion as ‘VINAYAGAR CHATURTHI’ – the day he was born.
Significance of worshiping Lord Vinayagar on Chaturthi day
The Apostles, Rishis and Asuraras – all fast for many months starting from the day of Vinayagar Chaturthi and in return get bestowed with boons such as good health, peace and divine life. According to myth, at the end of fasting all of them attain mukthi (no more reincarnation or rebirth) at the feet of Vinayagar. The same way, fellow humans get blessed if they start fasting on this auspicious day.
Lord Vinayagar is the first god of Hindus and in order for us to be successful in our life it is a practice to pray to Lord Vinayagar before we commence any action. Few examples for this could be building a new house, house warming, education, new job or an initiative and so on.
There are many forms of worship and devotees can choose from the following.
- Offer prayers on the day of Vinayagar Chaturthi
- Circle around Sanctum (Pragaram)
- Offer voluntary service in the temple
- Offer flowers and light lamps
- Participate in Poojas and Yagam
- Offer food or Prashadam (Anna Thaanam)
- Chant Vinayagar Namam
- Offer ‘SahashraNama’ Archanai using Arugam pul (a form of grass)
- Listen to chanting of Vinayagar Namam
The Chaturthi which falls during the growing moon period, is known as Shukla Chaturthi and the Chaturthi which falls on waning moon period, is known as Sankatahara Chaturthi.
While the Shukla Chaturthi that falls during the growing moon period bestows devotees with peace and prosperity, prayer during Sankatahara Chaturthi will help us get rid of our problems.
Sankatahara Chaturthi – Sankatam in Tamil language means problems and it is assumed that prayers offered on this day will get us rid of our problems. It is believed that Chandran, one of the Navagraha (Moon, one of the 9 Planets) who was cursed by Lord Vinayagar attained salvation on that day. For the same reason those who offer prayers to Lord Vinayagar and Chandran on this day will have all their Sankatam’s resolved. Lord Vinayagar also offered one Sthanam (a position) to Angaraka one of the Navagraha (Mars, one of the 9 Planets).
Special importance is attached, if the Sankatahara Chaturthi falls on a Tuesday. According to Vinayagar epics, those who start fasting from that day on the Tamil month of Masi for one year will be blessed with children, peace and prosperity.
The main Chaturthi called Vinayagar Chaturthi occurs during the month of September in the growing moon period and is celebrated with pomp and splendor in Bombay, Madras, Pune, Calcutta and other parts of India. During this festival large decorated idol of Vinayagar are drowned in rivers and lakes to mark the occasion.