Curated By: Nibandh Vinod
Last Updated: September 11, 2023, 18:06 IST
Ganpati Bappa Morya is a popular chant that is used during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival. It is a way for devotees to express their love and devotion to Lord Ganesha, and to ask for his blessings for the coming year. The phrase is a powerful expression of faith and devotion. It is a reminder of the importance of Lord Ganesha in our lives, and of the blessings that he can bestow upon us.
Ganpati refers to Lord Ganesha, who is widely revered as the Elephant-headed God and is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Bappa is an affectionate term for a father or deity. In this context, it is an endearing term used to refer to Lord Ganesha.
Morya is a way of expressing joy, devotion, and reverence towards Lord Ganesha. It is similar to saying Hail Lord Ganesha or Praise Lord Ganesha.
The word Morya has two possible meanings.
It is a Marathi word that means great king or great leader. This is how the devotees of Lord Ganesha address him, expressing their reverence and respect.
It is also a contraction of the words “mhor” and “ya”, which mean “come forward” and “come” respectively. In this sense, Morya is a plea to Lord Ganesha to come and bless them.
In addition to the literal meaning of the word “Morya”, it also has a deeper significance. It is a reminder that Lord Ganesha is the remover of obstacles and the bestower of good fortune. When we chant “Ganpati Bappa Morya”, we are asking him to remove the obstacles in our path and to bless us with success and prosperity.
WHY DO WE CELEBRATE GANESH CHATURTHI?
Ganesh Chaturthi is a festival celebrated to honour and worship Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed God of wisdom, knowledge, and obstacles. There are several reasons why Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated:
- Birth of Lord Ganesha
The primary reason for celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi is to commemorate the birth of Lord Ganesha. According to Hindu mythology, Ganesha was created by Goddess Parvati, and he was brought to life on the fourth day (Chaturthi) of the Hindu lunar month of Bhadrapada. Therefore, this day is observed as Ganesh Chaturthi.
- God of Wisdom and Knowledge
Lord Ganesha is revered as the God of wisdom and intellect. People seek his blessings to attain wisdom, knowledge, and success in their endeavors, particularly at the start of new ventures, examinations, and important life events.
- Remover of Obstacles
Ganesha is also known as “Vighnaharta” or the Remover of Obstacles. Devotees believe that worshiping him can help overcome obstacles and challenges in life, ensuring a smoother path to success.
- Unity and Community Bonding
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with great enthusiasm and as a community event in many parts of India, particularly in Maharashtra. It brings people together to build and worship Ganesha idols in public pandals, fostering a sense of unity and social bonding.
- Cultural Significance
The festival has cultural significance and is an integral part of Indian tradition. It involves various customs, rituals, music, dance, and art forms that reflect the rich cultural heritage of India.
- Environmental Awareness
In recent years, there has been a growing emphasis on celebrating eco-friendly Ganesh Chaturthi. Many people have started using clay idols and minimizing the use of harmful materials like plaster of Paris to reduce the environmental impact of the festival.
- Religious Devotion
For millions of devotees, Ganesh Chaturthi is a time of intense religious devotion. They offer prayers, perform aarti (rituals involving light), and make offerings to Lord Ganesha with a deep sense of reverence and faith.