In the Rig Veda, the first hymn is in praise of Lord Agni. Lord Agni is a divine messenger.
In Vedic literature, there are hymns in praise of different Lords which are called Mantras. Who are these Gods? They are the ones who give us material benefits in life such as wealth, prosperity, education, marital bliss, happiness etc. and also spiritual strength to get off the cycle of rebirth.
Lord Ganesha (elephant faced God) is always worshipped before starting any Pooja or Homa. Lord Ganesha removes all obstacles. Lord Ganesha is also known as ‘Vigneshwara’
There are many mantras to propitiate Lord Ganesha. By and large there are 56 different postures and mantras for Lord Vinayaka. In Shilpa sastra, all the 56 positions are described elaborately.
The following Ganapathy Homas are performed generally by many even now.
• • Ganapathy Homa.
• • Maha Ganapathy Homa
• • Vallabha Ganapathy Homa
• • Lakshmi Ganapathy Homa.
• • Vancha Kalpalatha Ganapathy Homa (based on the system of Sri Vidya)
• • Uchishta Ganapathy Homa
• • Sankata-hara Chathurthi Homa (performed in the evening of Krishna Chathurthi Day – The thithi Chathurthi in the evening).
Ganapathy Homa should be performed in the early morning and Poornahuthi to be offered during sunrise, unless any other time is specifically mentioned to suit the particular purpose.
There are two ways of performing Homas, Vedic and Tantra.
In the Vedic way of Homa, all rituals are performed as per Vedic texts. In tantra, sometimes “Vama prayog” is also done to safeguard the native from enemies and adversaries. It also produces adverse effect on enemies Normally only Vedic way of Homas are performed.
To perform Ganapathy Homa the following materials are essential.
Ghee, Modhaka (a kind of sweet prepared with coconut, gur and rice flour or wheat flour), durva (a kind of grass).
Mahaganapathy Homa is performed with Ashta Dravya (a mixture of eight materials) 1.Coconut, 2.Banana, 3.Honey, 4.Sugarcane, 5.Ghee, 6.Modhaka, 7.Jaggery, 8.Puffed rice.
In Sankatahara Chathurthi Homa, apart from ghee, we can use all varieties of flowers, fruits, sweets, etc., which may count upto 108 dravyas (materials) except tulsi leaf.
Note: Tulsi leaf should not be offered to Ganapathy.
(Please refer Shri Mahaganapathya Atharva seersham) This mantra is recited normally while performing Ganapathy Homa. The benefits of the mantra’s are described in these last three mantras.
By chanting these mantras, one can live peacefully, without any hindrance. He who wants to become a good orator should do “Abhishekam’
If any one is running Ketu dasa or bhukti or there is some dosha of Ketu in the horoscope, he can perform Ganapathy Homa and get-relief.
Ganapathy Homa should be performed on all auspicious occasions. Performing Ganapathy Homa once every year will give prosperity, health and wealth. Ganapathy Homa should be done on Shukla Chathurthi day of Bhadrapad i.e. the birth day of Lord Ganesha.
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