Ganapati Bappa Morya!

We Indians are blessed with many Gods and Goddesses but I think I can safely say that the cutest and most adorable of them is the Elephant-headed pot bellied four armed single tusked Lord Ganesha. Although on second thoughts Krishna in his childhood avatar is probably equally adored and cute 🙂

Lord Ganesha is also the Lord of beginnings and the Remover of all obstacles. This Ganesha Chathurthi I wish you all new auspicious beginnings and share a beautiful mosaic of the God made by our own dear friend and artist Ferdi (Ilfordian). She appears to a bit underweather d these days but I would like to request her to share some details about her artwork and thank her for allowing me to share it with you all 🙂

Image (c) Ilfordian

Don’t miss the tiny mouse at the bottom – never fails to amaze (and amuse) me how Lord Ganesha manages to sit on the mouse (although some believe it is a rat or a shrew) without squashing it 😀 But then legend has it that there was a celestial musician Krauncha who accidentally stepped on the foot of Muni Vamadeva who was infuriated enough to curse Krauncha to become a mouse. The curse turned Krauncha into a massive mouse who ended up damaging everything and anything. Once he made the mistake of destroying the ashram of Maharishi Parashar where Lord Ganesha was also staying. To teach the destructive Krauncha a lesson, Lord Ganesha looped a noose around his neck and subdued him. Krauncha begged pardon and requested salvation. Lord Ganesha forgave him and accepted him as his vehicle which Krauncha gratefully accepted. But then the Lord was too heavy for Krauncha so taking pity on him, the Lord became lighter so that Krauncha could easily support him.

The other angle is that as the Destroyer of all obstacles with a mouse as His vehicle, Ganesha is able to enter into all nooks and crannies with ease and gives Him Omnipresence. Alternatively, the mouse is the destroyer of a farmer’s crop and by subduing it, the Lord removes their obstacle. There are many other stories of Ganesha like this one here which explains why Ganesha has a single tusk. Well one of the versions anyway!

I have always wondered what the chant “Ganpati Bappa Morya” meant and this time I exerted myself to google it. Ganpati is a combination of two words – Gan is group and pati is ruler or lord (Like really? Oh well I guess I better not go there...) and Bappa is Father or Lord. Morya is a bit tricky with two explanations. The more popular one is the one which speaks about a 14th Century saint Morya Gosavi who was a crazed devotee of Ganpati and did severe penance to please his Lord. Pleased, Ganesh asked him to choose his boon and all he wanted was to be forever associated with him and hence the chant Ganpati Bapppa Morya.

The other explanation is that Morya is a combination of two words – Mhora ya which means come ahead and bless us. I personally prefer this explanation as it makes more sense but then again, both explanations could be right!

Ganesha Chaturthi greetings to one and all 🙏

वक्रतुण्ड महाकाय सूर्यकोटि समप्रभ
निर्विघ्नं कुरु मे देव सर्वकार्येषु सर्वदा

1: (I meditate on Sri Ganesha) Who has a Curved Trunk, Large Body, and Who has the Brilliance of a Million Suns,
2: O Lord, Please make all my Works, free of Obstacles, always.

Ganapati Bappa Morya!


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53 thoughts on “Ganapati Bappa Morya!”

  1. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi Dahlia. Thank you for the explanations and the stories. I hope you noticed a Thaal of modak (laddus ) in his hand. The mosaic was made using different coloured stained glass pieces.
    I pasted a picture of Lord Ganesha on a hard board and stuck the glass pieces on the picture. To get a crazy mosaic effect I had to cut them in different sizes and shapes. There are some rules to follow in mosaic making but followed my heart and Bappa wanted. The border was easy . I bought some blue and gold mirror tiles. Took a long time but managed to finish it for end of the year exhibition.
    Thank you for making it a part of your story.
    Saw some beautiful Sunrises in Chennai but within 5 minutes the sun was blazing and hot. In contrast it is a beautiful sunny morning but sizzling days are long gone.
    Have a great day Dahlia.

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    1. Thanks Ferdi for sharing the art process, you make it sound so easy! Yes I saw the modaks and the mouse looking greedily at them 😀 I loved it and really appreciate you letting me share it! Hope you feel better soon 🙂

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      1. Thank you, Dahlia. Making mosaics are easy. These days complete kits are available in the market to get you going.
        I am still not feeling better. It is taking longer to recover. I am hoping to see my GP tomorrow. Hope he can prescribe something to hasten the recovery.
        Good Night Dahlia

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  2. Best wishes Dahlia! What am interesting legend of how Muni turned into a mouse. It is a lovely artwork by your friend. Mosaics look like they need a lot of attention 😊 Hope you’ve been well. Haven’t seen you around lately for burger and fries 😁

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    1. Hi Mabel! Happy to see you 🙂 I have been well thank you, just that life has been to busy and hectic for burger or fries. 😀 Hopefully manage to catch some soon 😉 I see you have posted too, be along in a bit to sample some 😛
      The artwork is grand isnt it? I have been waiting for a special day to showcase it for a long time now 🙂 And we have so many interesting legends which I can never get enough of! And nowadays I enjoy the variations to the ones I have been brought up on.

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      1. The artwork is indeed great. One of a kind by a great artist who you know 🙂

        It is good to hear that you are busy…maybe busy with life and taking photos for all of us 😀 I don’t post that often because well, busy, but I did post recently and when you have some time you can come over for burger and fries 🍔 🍟😀

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  3. Me too, prefer the second explanation of Morya!! Such interesting stories… .. makes me wonder how everything has deeper meanings behind it. .. the essence is the same , and that is, the good always wins over evil.

    Lovely piece of artwork… and that is so much of pleasurable work!! Kudos to you, Ferdi!!!

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