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Q. Why looking at the moon is prohibited on Ganesh Chaturthi?

Answer: Looking at the moon is prohibited on this day because the moon is the cause of the mind, that is it provokes the mind to operate. However a seeker wants to attain thoughtlessness. In the constellation of planets, just as the moon is unstable as it has phases of waxing and waning so is the mind unstable in the physical body.

Looking at the moon increases the instability of the mind by 1/1,00,000 times. Only when the mind becomes thoughtless does one attain the turiyavastha. On sankashti, after doing spiritual practice the whole day, the moon is viewed at night. This is an indication for the mind to return to the usual state after doing spiritual practice that day.

The story connected with this in the Purans (mythological texts) goes thus. Once the moon ridiculed Ganapati saying, What a big belly You have, Your ears are like sifting pans, that trunk is weird and those eyes are so tiny !’

So, Ganapati cursed it, Henceforth no one shall look at your face. Whoever does so will be accused of theft.’ Accordingly everyone began to avoid the moon. So it could not go anywhere. Living in seclusion is very difficult. Hence, the moon appeased Ganapati by performing austerities and pleaded for mitigation of the curse.

When reducing the intensity of a curse, the main curse should not be destroyed. Both the curse and its mitigation should be present in certain proportions. It is not appropriate for Me to destroy a curse given by Me completely.’ Thinking thus, Ganapati mitigated the curse given to the moon by saying,’ None shall look at you on the day of Ganesh Chaturthi. However on Sankashti Chaturthi, no one will eat their meal without looking at you.’

Ref.: The book ‘Ganapati’ published by Sanatan Sanstha.


Different Types of Rosaries
For the worship and rituals of almost all the gods and goddesses, the Jaap or frequent Chanting of some mantras is compulsory with definite number according to the God and the Goddess each for the fulfillment of desires. In this case Mala is the best means to count beads for counting the mantra. It can be asked why there are only 108 beads in a Mala neither more nor less ?

At first it tells us how many times we have counted the mantra. Secondly a subtle electric current is created in the mind by rubbing of the thumb with finger. This electric current influences the heart through Vegas Veins and makes the mind concentrate deeply. According to astronomy there are 27 constellations (group of stars) in the universe and each constellation (group of stars) has four quadrants (charan) hence there are 24×4 = 108 quadrants in all. The constellation has again been divided into 12 equal parts corresponding 12 signs of zodiac and there are only 9 planets in the universe if we multiply them together the result will be 108 [12×9 = 108]. Thus 108 is the best number to join the Individual consciousness with the Absolute Consciousness.

There are many kinds of Mala used in spiritual and meditation purposes.

1. Lotus-seed Mala (Kamal Gatta Mala) – This mala is used for the worship of the Goddess Lakshmi for Jaap or to Chant her Mantra. There is special importance to chant her Mantra with Lotus and Seed mala.

2. Turmeric Mala – It is used to perform Anusthan (special prayers) and destroy enemies and succeed in law suits. If a man has fallen prey to Jaundice, he should wear garland of 8, 10 beads of turmeric, he would surely be cured.

3. Putra Jeeva mala – It is used in Sadhana for having an off spring in the family.

4. Silver Beads Mala – To fulfill any sacred and virtuous object (aim) silver beads mala is the most effective.

5. Kush’s root (knot) Mala – The mala, made from the roots of kusha grass, is used for all sacred & Virtuous activities.

6. Sandal Wood Garland & Mala – (I) Mala made of white sandal wood is used for peace and empowering rituals and for worshipping other deities. Sandal wood garland is good for welcoming and for giving honour.

(II) Red sandalwood (Rose wood) mala is used in worship of Lord Ganesh and Goddesses.

7. Tulsi Mala and Kanti (Neck Mala) – This mala is regarded as the best for worshipping Lord Vishnu, Ram and Krishna. According to Ayurveda, it is very useful in diseases related to throat . It is also used for the purification of the body.

8. Conch Mala – It is used for special tantrik purposes.

9. Baijanti Mala – It is used by the devotees of Lord Vishnu and for chanting Mantras for worship of goddess Lakshmi.

10. Amber Mala – It is very useful in diseases related to blood and disorder in menstruation.

11. Quartz (Sphatik or Crystal) Mala – It is the best mala for counting beads while chanting Devi Mantras. If it is worn, the mind becomes pacified and quiet. He who wears it, becomes pacified and quiet. He who wears it, becomes favorite of Lord Shiva.

12. Rudraksha Mala – It is very effective and is used in all kinds of rituals while worshipping gods, goddesses and nine planets. If any particular mala is not available, Rudraksha Mala is could be used without any hesitation only with exception of mantras of killing others (maran) and yakshni Sidhi. Thus it is regarded as the best of all rosaries.

13. Kaharwa Mala – It is put around the neck of the patients of jaundice. It cures the disease very soon.

14. Navratna Mala – This is used to pacify nine planets. There are nine precious stones corresponding the nine planets in it. It gives mental peace, when it is worn.

15. Coral Mala – It is used during sadhana or worship of Lord Ganesh, Hanuman, Lakshmi and Mars planet. It is also useful for people who are prone to anemic condition.

Similarly there are many rosaries made of semi precious stones for different planets. For example there are garlands of Garnet, Pearl, Jade, Onex, Sunehla, Blue Sapphire, Topaz Onex, Topaz Zircon, Cat’s eye Emethyst, Rosequartze, Tiger, Agate and Moonstone. These malas are very useful in pacifying the inimical planetary influences in one’s life. Crystal mala in used regarding it as Shiva-Shakti incarnate, Rudraksha as Lord Shiva, Pearl the moon incarnate. Rudraksha-coral mala is worn regarding as incarnate of Lord Shiva and Hanuman. Thus they are used to count Mantras of different deities and are worn to attain peace of mind and happiness.


Why is Ganapati with the right Sided trunk not commonly worshipped?

1. Entire idol: Omkar, the unmanifest (nirgun) principle

2. Trunk: It is a popular belief that an idol with the tip of the trunk pointing towards the right and left are called right-sided and left-sided idols respectively; however this is not the case. One should not decide whether the idol is right-sided or left-sided depending upon which side the trunk is directed. It should be decided depending on the direction in which the initial curve of the trunk points. If the initial curve of the trunk in a Ganesh idol points towards the right and the tip of the trunk points towards the left yet the idol should be considered a rightsided idol. The reason for this is that, the initial curve of the trunk pointing towards the right indicates that the right (that is Sun) channel (nadi) of Ganapati is active.

Right Sided Trunk
Right Sided Trunk

Right Sided Trunk Ganapati
Right Sided Trunk Ganapati

2.1 Right-sided trunk: An idol of Ganapati with the trunk curved towards the right is called dakshinmurti or dakshi­nabhimukhi murti (the idol facing the south). Dakshin means the southern direction or the right side. The southern direction leads to the region of Lord Yama (Yamalok), the deity of death while the right side belongs to the Surya nadi (Sun channel). One who is able to face the direction of the region of Yama is powerful. So also, one with an activated Surya nadi is also radiant. Thus in both senses, the Ganapati idol with the trunk curved towards the right is said to be ‘active (jagrut)’.

One feels repulsed by the south direction because it is in that direction that scrutiny of one’s sins and merits is carried out after death, in the region of Lord Yama. Scrutiny akin to that done in the south after death, begins when alive if one faces the south or sleeps with the legs directed towards the south. The dakshinabhimukhi idol is not worshipped ritualistically in the usual manner because tiryak (raja) frequencies are emitted from the south. The ritualistic worship of this idol is performed by observing all the norms of ritualistic worship meticulously. Consequently the sattva component is augmented and one is not distressed by the raja frequencies coming from the south.

Left Sided Trunk
Left Sided Trunk

Left Sided Trunk Ganapati
Left Sided Trunk Ganapati

2.2 Left-sided trunk: An idol of Ganapati with the trunk curved towards the left is called Vamamukhi. Vam means the northern direction or the left side. The Chandra nadi (Moon channel) is situated to the left. It bestows tranquility. Besides, since the northern direction is spiritually favourable and bestows Bliss (Anand), mostly the Vamamukhi Ganapati is worshipped. It is worshipped ritualistically in the usual manner.

3. Modak (a sweet delicacy)

means Bliss (Anand) and ‘ka’ means a small part. So, modak is a small part of Bliss. A modak is shaped like a coconut, that is it is like the cavity ‘kha’ in the Brahmarandhra. When the kundalini (spiritual energy) reaches the ‘kha’ cavity, the spiritual experience of Bliss is obtained. The modak held in the hand signifies Bliss endowing energy. 

3.2 ‘The modak symbolises spiritual knowledge (dnyan): hence it is also called dnyanmodak. Initially it seems that spiritual knowledge is little (the tip of the modak represents this); but as one starts studying Spirituality, one realises its vastness (the base of the modak symbolises this.) A modak is sweet in taste. The Bliss acquired through spiritual knowledge too is like that.’

3.1 ‘Moda’

4. Goad (ankush) : Destroyer of the energies which are harmful to the mission of acquisition of spiritual knowledge and Bliss.

5. Noose (pash): Worldly bondage. The noose wielded by Ganapati signifies that He will tie the noose around negative entities and take them away.

6. Serpent wound around the waist: The universal kundalini (spiritual energy)

7. Hood of the serpent: Activated (jagrut) spiritual energy

8. Rat: The rat which represents the raja component is within the control of Ganapati.

Reference: ‘Ganapati’, Published by Sanatan Sanstha

Learn about Sattvik Ganesh Idol made by Sanatan Sanstha and spiritual experiences about the idol.

Currently hard copy of reference book is available in: English, Marathi, Hindi, Kannad, Gujrati, Bengali, Gurumukhi, Malyalum, Tamil, Oriya, Telugu

8 Forms of Laxmi

Adi Lakshmi,
Aishwarya Lakshmi,
Dhana Lakshmi.
Dhanya Lakshmi.
Gaja Lakshmi,
Santana Lakshmi,
Veera Lakshmi,
Vijaya Lakshmi.

Question :  31 October 2008

Can my child wear my rudraksha

— In, “bikramjitpandher”
> Guru,
> I have some rudraksha which I use to wear. Now they have been in my
> pooja room. Can I give those to my children to wear them
> thanks
> Bikram


If the beads have been left the puja room and unworn for a long time,
its fine to give them to your children for wearing. However, its
essential to first wash them in very mild soapy water. Then let the
beads dry in a warm area of the home. This may take 2 or 3 days to be
completely sure they are dry outside and inside.

Next pour some oil on a bowl or plate and use a soft toothbrush to oil
the beads. Drain the oil with kitchen paper towels. Perform a simple
puja to Shiva at the altar, asking Him to bless your children. Waft the
beads through incense then let your children each hold the invidual
bead you are giving them. Tell them to recite Om Namah Shivaya 9 times
and then put on the rudrakshas.


Anyone can wear Navratna without worry as it contains all 9 gems
necessary for use in either placating, strengthening or balancing the
planets that are not well-placed in the horoscope. Its believed for
those planets that are well posited, the gem corresponding to that
planet remains neutral or keeps it balanced.

If we were to buy one high quality gem at a time separately for poorly
placed planets, this will amount to high expenses. Also many people do
not want to wear too many rings sometimes. Hence investing in a high
quality Navratna is a good choice. Its also like an heirloom that can
be passed down the generations.

Simple Re-energization Process for Rudrakshas

The easiest method of cleansing the beads is by
washing them with spring water or Gangajal (Ganges Water) and wipe
dry.  Put the beads on a plate to dry in a warm area of the home. 

After they are completely dry in a day or few days, oil the
beads with sandalwood oil mixed with almond, avocado, olive or other
carrier oil. 

Light an oil lamp and some incense. Waft the rudrakshas
around the oil lamp and through the incense while reciting Om Namah
Shivaya at least 9 times.

Om Bholenath

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  • Narasimhaye: I meant do Puja , not pika sorry.