Ganesh Chaturthi Special: My Admiration for Lord Ganesha

September 9, 2013

Gajamukhane Ganapathiye Ninage Vandane
Nambidavara Balina Kalpatharu Nine ||
Since my childhood I have been listening to this devotional song in Kannada praising Lord Ganesha. During the festal days of Ganesh Chaturthi this song is being played again and again. Sri Ganesha a benevolent god is here ready to bless everyone with good health, success, and happiness in return for sincere love and devotion is the content of this melodious religious song. My limited observation and the knowledge I accumulated on Sri Ganesha gives me an impression that Lord Ganesha is loved, worshipped and portrayed in numerous ways. He is adorned in temples and altars, school and offices, homes and public places, calendars and greeting cards.

Who will not admire a murthi of Ganesha with wonder? Along with admiration I was always curious to know the significance of symbolic representation of him. Among the several explanations I was struck by the following explanation which is worth mentioning.

The unique elephant head is filled with significance. The fan-like ears make Sri Ganesha a keen listener. The sharp eyes make him an eager observer. They also signify his ability to discriminate between good and evil. The trunk is that it can not only smell, but equally capable of picking up something as small as a blade of grass, or a huge object like tree trunk. While the two tusks represent the power to discern between good and evil, the broken tusk is symbolically manifests that God is above the pairs of opposites like joy and sorrow that affect mankind. The wide mouth enables Sri Ganesha to swallow and humble the pride and the mighty. The pot shaped big belly is large enough to accommodate all kinds of experiences. And the four hands of Ganesha! In one hand he carries a rope and an axe in another. While the axe is symbol of severing worldly attachments of devotee, the rope represent to pull him closer to the truth. The third hand holds a modak, the symbol of the fruit of devotion and the fourth that blesses, ensures peace, happiness and success to all devotees.

In Lord Ganesha one can see the human imaginations of God. God who is all-powerful, sees, hears, knows, rules, protects and blesses. No wonder he is the presiding deity of auspicious beginnings! He is worshipped as the God of wisdom and patron of learning. He is Vighneshwara – the remover of vighnas (obstacles). He is Ganapathi (Ganesha) lord or leader of people.

One more factor that fascinated me is the immersion or visarjan of murthi of Ganesha made of clay to end the celebrations of Vinayaka Chaturthi. The best explanation given is this: In Sanathana Dharma popularly known as Hinduism, Brahman the One true God is the Absolute and Supreme Reality. This Brahman who is formless has power to manifest Himself in different forms. One among the millions of forms is Ganesha. It is not easy for an ordinary devotee to worship Brahaman who is without form (Nirakara).

An ordinary devotee needs a form (Akara) to pray, to seek help, to cry and receive blessings. Ganesha is made out of clay and water to give form to the formlessness. Each worshipper brings murthi of Ganapati made of clay into his house. Now the Brahman, God the Supreme Power has come home. After the celebration, it is time accept the eternal cosmic law (Rta). That which took form has to become formless again. It is a never ending cycle. Immersion of the murthi of Ganesha gives a message that the Brahman, the formlessness becomes form. This form can change but Supreme Brahman remains the same, unchangeable and eternal.

May the celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi and devotion to him bring peace and happiness in each and every one and our Country. Let him take all obstacles away to prosper!

Happy Feast of Lord Ganesh to all my Hindu devotees….


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By Fr Paul Melwyn, Pamedi, Capuchin
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Comment on this article

  • Fr Joachim D'Souza, Capuichin, Mogarnad/Bangalore

    Fri, Sep 13 2013

    Nice and very informative article Dear Fr. Melwyn. Every Celebration is indeed an experience of the divine. we need to open to the spirit. it is important have a n open mind to accept the realities. all the best.

  • Fr. Manoj D' Souza, Alangar/Ujire

    Fri, Sep 13 2013

    Very good article Dear Fr. Melwyn D' Souza. Happy about good comments on your article but some are disturbed....please tell them that you are also a professor of Philosophy and Religion. Going beyond needs courage...Jesus had you...Keep it up....i admire you...


    Tue, Sep 10 2013

    first of all i wish happy ganesh chaturti to all,

    ganesh feast is my one of the favorite feasts in india, but only 2 times i have attended the function at nerhu maidan,
    shree ganesh is a god of wisdom, love etc. he cares for all.

    well written article Fr Paul.

  • M.Bhat, Udupi, Udupi / Abu Dhabi

    Tue, Sep 10 2013

    Man has to born, live in harmony, spread the peace and love among living being in the way to lead the happy and prosperous life and at last leave this body and become one with the nature. This is the indicative meaning of celebrating the Sri Ganesh Chathurthi. May Lord Ganesh bless the whole human society to live in happy, peace and harmony. Happy Ganesh Chathurthi. Good article, dear Father. Hats up....

  • Irene sequeira, Derebail/queens -NY

    Tue, Sep 10 2013

    Thank you Fr. Paul Melvin for the beautiful and informative article on Ganesha. Wishing all our Hindu friends happy Ganesh Chaturthi. Ganapthi Bappa Morya

  • varun, mangalore/bangalore

    Mon, Sep 09 2013

    Thank you! a lovely and informative article. This is the mangalore/south canara i grew up. No riots, no clashes, and had friends from all religions who used to live friendly and peacefully

  • prashanth, mlore

    Mon, Sep 09 2013

    Very nice article father.
    Many people dosent know that ganeshotsva celebration is started only 100 years before by bala gangadhar tilak .Before that only houses and temple prayers were was main crowd pullar for indian independence strugle.Ganeshotshva united people from all castes including the muslims joining the celebration.Tilak used this unity to form strong patriotic sentiment and freedom movement.

  • drvalarmathy rachel fernandes, canada

    Mon, Sep 09 2013

    Nice and very informative article.. I recommend every one to read this article.. Great work Fr.Paul..

  • Meena serrao Barboza, Tanzania

    Mon, Sep 09 2013

    Dear Rev. Fr. Paul. Thank you very much for this beautiful and informative article on one of the great feasts celebrated by our Hindu People.. Wishing all a very happy Ganesha Chaurthi.

  • Jennet Prescilla, Mangalore Muscat

    Mon, Sep 09 2013

    Dear Rev. Fr. Paul. Thank you very much for this beautiful and informative article on one of the great feasts celebrated by our Hindu bretheren. I shared this article with all my Hindu friends and colleagues who very much appreciated it. Many of them even confided that till they read this article, they were not aware of the significance of the various features of Ganesha Idol nor the tenet behind the immersion of the idol after the Pooja. Thanks once again and May Almighty God Bless you abundantly.

  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Mon, Sep 09 2013

    Dear Fr Melwyn
    Your Description here of Lord Ganapa is known only to the 'Known'. Very well illustrates the fact that knowing is different from knowledge.This writing could come only from a most Rev. Rev. Father.

  • rajesh, udupi

    Mon, Sep 09 2013

    Excellent article! May lord Ganesh bless all and bring peace and prosperity to this land...

  • Glany Fernandes, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 09 2013

    Since my childhood days till now, whenever I see Lord Ganesha, I always feel he is living midst us and making mankind live happily. All the brethren I wish happy Ganesh Chaturthi.

  • Amin Bhoja, Patte / Riyadh

    Mon, Sep 09 2013

    A nice narration .Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to all.

  • nelson, mangalore/kuwait

    Mon, Sep 09 2013

    Thank you Father for the enlightenment. Ganapathi Bappa Moraya.

  • vikram, Dubai

    Mon, Sep 09 2013

    "Ganapati Bappa Morya" What an excellent & very well written article, Thanks Fr. Paul Melwyn, I am sure most of Hindus including myself don't have knowledge about this, but every year we celebrate...

  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mangalore/Mumbai

    Mon, Sep 09 2013

    Wishing all Daijiworld fans a Very Happy and Holy Ganesh Chaturthi!!

    Jai Ganesh Jai Ganesh
    Jai Ganesh Deva
    Mata Jaki Parvati
    Pita Mahadeva.....

  • pramod, kundapura

    Mon, Sep 09 2013

    Respect to Fr. Paul Melwyn Permude! Even I being a Hindu dont have so much knowledge on Ganapati as much as Fr. Permude has..

  • Sonia, Belman/Dubai

    Mon, Sep 09 2013

    Very well written article....keep it up.....

  • Fredrick Correa, Pernal/Mumbai

    Mon, Sep 09 2013

    Excellent explanation. Thank you Fr. Paul Melwyn Permude.

  • pramod, kundapura

    Mon, Sep 09 2013

    Happy Ganesha Chaturthi to all !

  • Vandana D'Silva, Padukone/Kuwait

    Mon, Sep 09 2013

    I swear…even I have grown up listening to this song (Gajamukhane Ganapathiye Ninage Vandane… Nambidavara Balina Kalpatharu Nine) day and night. My parental house is located in a very rural area (Chikkalli-Nada Padukone) and we have one neighbor who is a Bhat…his Name is Karant. Oh God…by 5:00 in the morning he used to ON his mike so loudly…though it used to disturb us so much specially during winter time…as we used to enjoy that morning beauty sleep, yet most of the time we enjoyed our days listening to those Hindu Devotional songs.
    For me Chauty is…going and visiting my hindu friend’s house, who will prepare Maddurgi (Mehndi), and used to get ready for the competition, on whose hand the mehndi color will turn more red. Coz according to hindu tradition, if the mehndi color turns too much red on the palm…that girl’s future husband will love her the most !!!  LOL.
    I swear…those were the most beautiful days of my life…no tension…no pain…!!

    Dear Fr. Melwi…you have shown us the other side (Spiritual) of Lord Ganesh. Very well portrayed…excellent write up. Keep writing 

    Wishing all my Hindu friends Happy Ganesh Chaturthi …I miss their PRASADA (the powdery white color with nuts in it) and bondi laddoo

  • Hindustani, Manipal/Dubai

    Mon, Sep 09 2013


    Nice article Dear Fr.Paul Melwyn Permude!

    Thank u very much!

  • Bollu, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 09 2013

    Sukh karta dukhharta...Varta vighnachi
    Noorvi poorvi prem krupya jayachi
    Sarwangi sundar utishendu rachi..
    Ganapati Bappa Morya..Wish you all 'Happy Ganesh Chaturthi'..
    Festival of Mother Mary and Gauri Pooja fall on same day...

  • Valerian Dalmaida, Mangalore/Abu Dhabi

    Mon, Sep 09 2013

    We are all children of one God. Humanity is our religion. Universal brotherhood is our caste. Love one another is our culture. Respect all is our tradition. Happy Ganesha festival to all.


    Mon, Sep 09 2013

    Nice article , by Fr Paul Permude
    happy Ganesha chaturthi to all daiji world friends

  • Declan, Mumbai

    Mon, Sep 09 2013


    Well written article by Fr.Paul Permude !

  • Mohammed yasin,

    Mon, Sep 09 2013

    Happy ganesh chaturti to all...

  • Raj Shetty, UAE

    Mon, Sep 09 2013

    One more factor that fascinated me is the immersion or visarjan of murthi of Ganesha made of clay to end the celebrations of Vinayaka Chaturthi. The best explanation given is this: In Sanathana Dharma popularly known as Hinduism, Brahman the One true God is the Absolute and Supreme Reality. This Brahman who is formless has power to manifest Himself in different forms. One among the millions of forms is Ganesha. It is not easy for an ordinary devotee to worship Brahaman who is without form (Nirakara).

  • Wilson Saldanha, Shirthady/Kuwait

    Mon, Sep 09 2013

    What a beautiful explanation by a Catholic Priest.....!!!
    Let us find something good in every religion.....
    Instead of finding differences......!!!
    Hat's off to you Fr. Paul Melwyn Permude.

  • Lingappa, Kuppepadavu /Dublin

    Mon, Sep 09 2013

    Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to one and all.


    Mon, Sep 09 2013

    Wishing all my friends a very Happy Ganesh Chaturthi

  • Sudarshan, ganjimut

    Mon, Sep 09 2013

    by looking at Ganesh murthi you are attracted to somekind of ethernal feelings / emotions. Fr.Paul Melwyn , very well written article. Also Clever Ganesha finds the world on Parents feet which is the greatest message to the Man kind. May Lord Ganesha bless you with all the happiness and health.
    Happy Ganesha Chaturthi to all the daiji staff and readers.

  • simple, Bangalore

    Mon, Sep 09 2013

    Wishing all here in this forum as well outside of it a Holy Ganesh Chaturthi. May Ganapathibaba full fill all your aspirations.
    May Ganesha bring joy, happiness and prosperity to every one of you and most of all Peace amongst all of us.

    "Gajamukhane Ganapathiye Ninage Vandane
    Nambidavara Balina Kalpatharu Nine"

    Happy feast.

  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah

    Mon, Sep 09 2013


    Thank you Fr.Paul Melwyn for a wonderful article..Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to all..

  • Homer, Bharat

    Mon, Sep 09 2013

    Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to everyone...Yesterday Christians celebrated 'Monti Feast'....on this occasion, I wish Mangalore once again becomes the place it once was ...'A peaceful, Beautiful and developed Coastal Region'...

  • Ryan, Kuwait

    Mon, Sep 09 2013

    My very favourite hindu devoitional song. Gajapathiye Ganapathiye ninage vandane...Happy Feast to all INDIANS

  • Ashok, Mulky

    Mon, Sep 09 2013

    Vakratunda Mahakaya suryakoti Samaprabha. Nirvignam Kurumedevo Sarvakaryeshu Sarvada. Wishing you all a very happy Ganesh Charurti and with Lord Ganesha's blessings hope peace will prevail in the whole world.

  • Agnello, Mangalore/Muscat

    Mon, Sep 09 2013

    Thanks Father for eloquent brief on Lord Ganesh. Hindu philosophy provides solace to all of us in whatever situations we are and it will stay as our way of life wherever we Indians go
    Ganapati Bappa Morya. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to everyone.

  • Glen Mendonca, Tallur/Dubai

    Mon, Sep 09 2013

    Wish you all happy Ganesh Chaturthi.

  • R.N. Pujari, Manglore - Mumbai

    Mon, Sep 09 2013

    Wishing all my brothers sisters a !! Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!! god bless all.

  • Vasant Raj, Mangalore / Abudhabi

    Mon, Sep 09 2013

    Nice article by our beloved friend. Wishing all a very happy Ganesha Chaurthi.

  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Mon, Sep 09 2013

    Om Shree Ganeshaya Namaha. He Ganesha, please forgive us for the sin we all committed in the name of religion or politics. Please bless us with sign of prosperity which is more wanted in present days in India. Please also bless Fr Paul Melwyn Permude for his wonderful article regarding Ganesha with good health, wealth and wisdom too. I wish all our Daiji World Staff and readers “A Very Happy Ganesh Chaturthi and May Lord Ganesha bless all of us”

  • bhaskar, Udupi/Qatar

    Mon, Sep 09 2013

    Wish you all Happy Ganesh Chaturthi.

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