Saturday, September 29, 2012

Kunti Devi's worship of Lord Ganesha on Vinayaka chaturthi

In ancient times, ladies used to worship Lord Ganesha on chaturthi by performing a gaja pooja. A real elephant was brought and worshipped in a systematic way and offered the best of delicacies.

Pandavas and Kauravas were staying together in Hastinapuri and Ganesha chaturthi approached. Both Kunti and Gandhari asked their sons to get elephants for the gaja pooja. The sons wanted to get the best elephant around  for their mothers. However, kauravas were the first to spot the best elephant and what pandavas could find was mediocre. Kunti devi was disappointed.

Arjuna consoled her saying he would get for her Airavata, Indra's elephant itself. He sent message to Indra. Indra readily obliged, but who would provide a ladder from heaven to earth for Airavata to come down ?. By this time Airavata started peeping through between the clouds. Arjuna started making a ladder with arrows. With every heavy step of Airavata, the arrows started breaking to pieces and Arjuna went on filling the gaps by shooting more arrows. Finally, Airavata arrived and Kunti Devi was able to perform worship of Lord Ganesha through the best symbol available in all worlds, the Airavata itself.

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