Importance of specific
substances in the worship of Shri Ganapati
This word is derived from ‘duhu’ and ‘avam’. ‘Duhu’ means that which is far away and ‘avam’ means that which brings closer. Thus, that which brings the distant Pavitraks (Subtlemost particles) of Shri Ganapati closer is the durva.
In what numbers should the durva be offered ?
Odd numbers are associated with the Shaktitattva (Divine Energy Principle). Durva is mostly offered in odd numbers (minimum of 3 or 5, 7, 21 etc.). This facilitates entry of Shakti into the Idol to a greater extent.
Method of offering durva
The entire body of Ganapati Idol, excluding the face, should be covered with durva. In this manner, the fragrance of durva will spread around the Idol.
Since the Idol is covered with durva, this fragrance will assume the form of the Ganapati Idol and facilitate attraction of Pavitraks of Shri Ganapati to this form.
This is known as ‘awakening the Idol’. To retain the Pavitraks in the Ganapati Idol, durva is changed thrice a day. That is why, ritualistic worship is performed thrice a day.
The complexion of Shri Ganapati is red. Red clothes, red flowers and rakta-chandan are used in His ritualistic worship. The red of these substances attracts Pavitraks of Shri Ganapati that are present in the atmosphere to the Idol to a greater extent and helps in its awakening. Since this is difficult to understand, the subject is concluded by saying that Shri Ganapati ‘loves’ red clothes, red flowers and red sandalwood !
Do not cause harm to Dharma by worshipping Idols of Shri Ganapati which are not made according to the scriptures !
In the scriptural sense, each Deity has its own presence. The energies related to words, touch, taste, form and fragrance reside together. According to this, if we do not prepare the Idol correctly as per the scriptures, we cannot obtain the blessings of the Deity. Thus, a devotee worshipping such an Idol will not obtain any benefit, say the scriptures. At the same time, this act will also amount to a denigration of the Deity.
Sattvik Idol of Shri Ganapati made by Sanatan Sanstha
According to the science of vibrations, the vibrations emitting from every figure change as per the combination of Sattva, Raja and Tama components in it. When the figure is altered, the proportion of these changes too.
So is the case with the Idols of Deities. Even if there is a slight change in the height, size or form of Shri Ganapati, there will be a change in the overall vibrations of the Idol. Hence, we have to understand the subtle vibrations and then sculpt each part.
Sanatan has made such an Idol that attracts 28.3% of Ganesh Principle. (A maximum of 30% can be attracted in Kaliyug to any Idol or picture.)