Kizhakkencherry Sree Mahaganapathy
Significance of Ganesha Worship
There is a significance behind each and every aspect associated with Lord Ganesha. Do you know why we offer coconut to Ganapathi? Lord Ganapathi is pleased to receive the utmost offering and hence once he even asked his father to offer his head to him. The coconut has three eyes which represents Lord Shiva. Offering the coconut thus signifies that we are ready to offer our maximum. The offering of breaking the coconut (citharu thengai) is found only in Tamilnadu. Children are first eligible to receive this offering and even has the right to take this prasadam once it is offered to Ganapathi.
Pillaiyar has a big body and the vehicle for the Lord is quite opposite in size which is the smallest mouse. Even though he is very big in size he however makes is body light while seated on his mount. This aspect signifies that he can be easily kept in the hearts of his devotees. Every animal has some specialty with them for e.g. for peacock its feathers are special likewise the specialty for an elephant is its tusk. For the purpose of writing the great epic Mahabharata the Lord even broke his tusk. This goes to prove that the Lord is willing to sacrifice a thing which gives the beauty and pride, for a supe-rior cause.
Devotees of Ganesha also offer Dhorbi Karanam‟ or Thoppu Karanam‟ in front of the Lord. The word Thoppu Karanam is derived from the Sanskrit words “Dhorbi” meaning with two hands and “Karanam” means Ears. Thoppu Karanam is performed as a prayer before Lord Ganesha by holding the hands crosswise across the chest with the fingers holding the earlobes and bending down and then getting up. The offering of „Thoppu Karanam‟ was originally taught to us by Lord Vishnu. Once Ganesha deprived the Sudarshan Chakra of Lord Vishnu and put it in his mouth. Lord Vishnu then de-cided to retrieve the Chakra in an indirect way and applied Thoppu Karanam in front of Ganesha. Ganesha upon seeing Vishnu performing Thoppu Karanam started laughing and the chakra which was inside his mouth came out.
Before the start of any new activity, the Lord Ganapathi needs to be worshipped. Even for worship-ping any other deity also first we need to pray to Lord Ganesha so as to complete our worship with-out any hindrance. The sect which worship of Ganapathi as the prime deity is known as „Gaanaapathyam‟. Let us all worship Lord Ganesha and seek his blessings to carry out all of our tasks without any hindrances.
Why do we gently hit our forehead with closed fists
While praying to Lord Ganapati we invoke the Lord with the mantra ―Suklam Baradaram while doing so we hit on both sides of our foreheads with closed fists. This is done to stimulate our brain. That small vibration stimulates the brain to bring focus and concentration to our brain.
This you can corroborate as while somebody when they forget any information, by nature, they first hit their forehead to recol-lect the information.Thus whenever we em-bark on any rituals we first invoke Lord Ganapathi so that we are at peace and concentrated in carrying out the task such that the activity will be complete without any hindrance.
Why do we do “Thoppu Karanam”
One can observe that while crossing a Ganesha / Pillayar temple on the road, most peo-ple in Tamilnadu, stop, take off their footwear and perform “Thoppukaranam” and then resume their journey. Many people do Thoppu Karanam as part of their prayer in their homes. The word Thoppu Karanam is derived from the sanskrit words “Dhorbi” meaning with two hands and “Karanam” means Ears. The legend behind “Thoppu Karanam” is that Lord Vishnu per-formed this “Thoppu Karanam” in front of Lord Ganapathi to re-cover his “Sudarshan Chakra” which was snatched by Ganapathi. Thus, Thoppu Karanam is performed as a prayer before Lord Ganesha by holding the hands crosswise across the chest with the fingers holding the earlobes and bending down and then getting up.
Interestingly, the “Thoppu Karanam” has now attained international status thanks to fellow Americans who now call this as “Super Brain Yoga”. They have found through medical research that doing these special kind of sit ups while holding the opposite earlobes stimulates the brain power and in-creases the memory power. I hope they will not charge us while we perform Thoppu Karanam.
Kizhakkenchery Kamakshi Amman
The worship of Feminine Divinity
The Feminine Divinity has enshrined in many places on earth with Thousands of different names. In India, She takes upon the name of Kamatchi in Kanchipuram, Meenakshi in Madurai, Vishalatchi in Kasi, KanyaKumari in Cape Comorin, Bagavathy in Kodungallur and so on. This doctrine of female divinity has established Divine as firm roots among Hindus. The worship of the Divine as Mother evokes motherly traits of tenderness, generosity and love.
Three most important and popular form of Divine Mother
One is her powerful of all embracing grace and opulence and properity, in the form of Sri Lakshmi. Mother Lakshmi is a mother of prosperity, peace and illumination. Without Her grace one can’t have inner peace or perennial joy.
Second is her profound capacity for knowledge and self expression, in the form of Sri Saraswati. Goddess Saraswati manifests to create the universe through pulsation (Spanda), which animates the mind as subtle thoughts, and emerges on the physical plane as speech. All of material creation is also embodied in the subtle vibrations of this divine speech, and mantras, which encapsulate these energies, when properly pronounced, can actually recreate material reality.
The third form is her splendid strength, her warrior mood and her world-shaking force, as in Kali, Durga, Saptamatrikas, Mahavidyas and Prathyankara Devi. She is the Hindu Warrior queen, the one which all the Devas and even Asuras meditate upon just to get a mere glimpse of her as a blessing before any great battle. As Sri Parvati Devi, She is the whole left side of Lord Shiva, her consort in the form of Ardhanarishvara.
The meaning of her name; Sri Kamatchi or Kamakshi Amman
Mother Kamatchi has very special eyes, as portrayed in her name itself. The word ‘Kama’ can be refered to as Love, wanton or attractive, magnetic pull. Thus, the name means one who has a beautifully dazzling and captivating eyes. But the word ‘Kaa’ also means means Sri Lakshmi and ‘maa’ means Sri Saraswati, as in Kamatchi, the Supergoddess with Sri Parvathi, Sri Lakshmi and Sri Saraswati as her eyes. She blesses all that dedicate themselves to her.
Om Kizhakkencherry Maha Ganapathaye Namah