The celebration of the festival of Magha Shuddha Chaturthi which is an utsav of Ganesh, is called as the ‘Maghi Ganeshotsav‘.
Importance of Maghi Ganesha –
In the Rigveda, he is referred to as the ‘Brahmanaspati’. He holds the Modak in his right hand, his own broken tooth in left hand, whereas in the rear two arms he holds the weapons, Parshu and Paash. Also, the Swami (Master) of the Muladhara Chakra(Centre) is ‘Shri Ganapati’.
Importance of Maghi Ganesh festival –
Thus, every year, the Magha Shuddha Chaturthi is celebrated as the ‘Maghi Ganesh Jayanti’ utsav with the collective enthusiasm of Shri Anirudha Upasana Foundation, Bharatiya Bhasha Sangam and Shri Aniruddha House of Friends. It holds a distinct significance. Shri Aniruddha Upasana Foundation has been celebrating this festival since the year 2009.
Maghi Ganesh Festival Function –
The function starts with the unfurling of the “Dharma” flag at sunrise. This is followed by the collective poojan of Shree Astavinayak under the vedic procedures (as laid down in the Brahmanaspati Sukta), the ‘Ekadin Saadhya Shree Ganesh Pratistha Yaag and Abhishek on the idol of Shree Ganesh with waters of eight sacred rivers. The Abhishek is performed on the idol of Brahmanaspati with the recitation of the Brahmanaspati Sookta. The Purascharan(the pre-preparation required for the sthapana) of the Ganapati Atharvashirsha is performed. One can seek the darshan of the Ganesh Murti solemnized before the Yagnya.
The Brahmanaspati Sukta is a very sacred creation written by Indra’s son – sage Grutsamad Shaunak in Rigveda. This Sukta is not only capable of being beneficial for a person and a society but also a nation and makes every citizen fearless and competent.
Another important aspect of the Maghi Ganesh festival is the worship and darshan of the Shree Ashtavinayak.
The Ashtavinayak, means the eight holy places of Ganapati – sanctums. Within each living creature, dwells the Parmatma that transforms the Ashtabeej Aishwarya of God into the Navankur Aishwarya. In order for him to be able to take the darshan of the Ashtavinayak and seek the blessings of the Ashtavinayak within his body, the sages performed the tapascharya(asceticism) and revealed the physical locations of the Ashtavinayak,.
An idol similar to the one present in each of these locations of the Ashtavinayak, is prepared for this Utsav. Each shraddhavan can seek the darshan of the Ashthavinayak. Every shraddhavan devotee can offer the Brahmanaspati red flowers and Durva(panicum or the Bermuda Grass) and perform his pooja.
Sadhguru Shri Aniruddha has given the following Bramhanaspati mantra to shraddhavans –
‘ॐ श्रीब्रम्हणस्पतये पार्वतीपुत्राय मंगलमूर्तये गणपतये विश्वघनप्राणाय सर्वविघ्ननिवारकाय नमो नम:।’
‘Om Shree Brahmanaspataye Parvatiyaputraya Mangalamurtaye Ganapataye Vishvaghanapranaya Sarvavighnaniwarakaya Namo Namah|’
Shraddhavans may chant this mantra 72 times on the day of this festival, every Tuesday, on the day of Sankashti Chaturthi and/or also 8 times daily.
Shri Anirudhha, who loves the shradhhavans unconditionally, who wishes that the shraddhavans attain Navankur Aishwarya, and for these eight locations in their body to become correctly operational, organizes the Maghi Ganeshotsav.