What may be the best offering in Ganesha Chaturthi Puja?[This entry wins the 3rd prize for the creative story writing contest]
It was the day of 'visarjan' ( immersion) of the 'murti' (idol) of the God Ganesha after 5 days of 'sthapana'. Preparation had almost been completed for the ' visarjan aarti'. All the five elements of the offerings i.e. 'deep' (oil lamps), 'pushp' (flowers), 'dhoop' (incense), 'gandh' (fragrance) and 'naivedya' (food) to the God Ganesha had been arranged properly in front of the God.
Suddenly the lamp boasted that - 'I am the best among all the offerings to be made to the God. I emit light and remove the darkness of the world'. It continued that - 'I represent the knowledge and education which removes the darkness of ignorance and enable the devotee to adopt the right path to tread ahead'.
The flower said softly to the lamp that - 'It is not like that. All of us have our respective roles and responsibilities and without me, no 'puja' is considered complete. I am the only object among all the offering which has color and fragrance both. I find a place which directly touches the body of the God and considered very close to him'.
The food quipped without giving any chance to the incense and fragrance to speak by saying that - ' It is me who nurture and sustain the creatures. Without me there will be no life. I am the truest representative of the God as I give life unlike all of you who remain busy in cosmetic activities'.
Both the incense and the fragrance intervened almost simultaneously ridiculing their companions observing that - 'Without us the world will no longer remain a livable place. We cleanse the udesirable foul smell from the air and make the atmosphere pure to be inhaled by the living creatures to sustain their life'.
The discussion went on without any conclusion or end result. Finally, they mutually agreed to seek the intervention of the God Himself promising to each other they will abide by the verdict of the God Ganesha and will never resort to quibbling on the issue.
Thus, they prayed to the God to give His verdict. The God Ganesh who is the Lord of success and destroyer of evils and obstacles and worshiped as the god of education, knowledge, wisdom and wealth, smiled and enlightened the various elements of the offerings by observing that - 'I become pleased with the devotees most who offers their 'ahankar' (ego) as an offering to me'.
While performing my 'visarjan' (immersion) of my'murti' (idol), the devotees should immerse their ego too.
Regarding the 'puja vidhi' of Ganesha Chaturthi, the readers may visit my following article -
How to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi at home
(Ganesh Chaturthi offerings - creative writing contest)