The 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival, a significant and widely celebrated Hindu festival, commenced on Tuesday, September 19, with households and pandals adorned with exquisite idols of Lord Ganesha across India. This auspicious festival falls in the Bhadrapada month of the Hindu calendar and is observed with great devotion and enthusiasm to mark the birth of Lord Ganesh, the elephant-headed deity of wisdom and prosperity.
Interestingly, Ganesh Chaturthi holds a special significance beyond its religious observance, particularly for couples aspiring to embrace parenthood. Pawan Das Shastri, a distinguished scholar hailing from Ayodhya, shared insights with News 18 Hindi regarding this unique tradition. Shastri emphasized that couples who welcome a newborn boy during the days of Ganesh Chaturthi are encouraged to name their child after Lord Ganesh. This age-old practice is rooted in the belief that such a name bestows the child with the eternal blessings and divine favour of Lord Ganesh. Furthermore, it is believed that boys named after Lord Ganesh are destined for remarkable achievements, carrying the blessings of the deity throughout their lives.
Lord Ganesh, revered for his wisdom, intellect, and benevolence, is honoured with various names and attributes. Among the 108 names associated with Lord Ganesh, a few stand out as meaningful choices for newborn boys:
Advaith: This name, one of the epithets of Lord Ganesha, offers a unique and spiritual choice for parents seeking a name with a sacred connection.
Ameya: A Sanskrit name that means “boundless” or “magnanimous,” reflecting the limitless potential of a newborn’s life.
Atharva: Linked to the Atharvaveda, one of the oldest texts in Indian medicine and the origin of Ayurveda, this name symbolizes the roots of ancient knowledge.
Ojas: Signifying radiance, wisdom, and compassion, Ojas is another name for Lord Ganesh, offering a profound and meaningful choice for a child’s name.
Gana: This name translates to “worthy” and “capable,” reflecting qualities associated with Lord Ganesh’s divine attributes.
Gaurik: A name that connects Lord Ganesh to his mother, Goddess Parvati, who is also known as Gouri, underscoring the family’s deep spiritual connections.
Taksh: Inspired by Lord Ganesh’s distinctive eyes, which are often compared to the beauty of a pigeon’s eyes, this name carries a unique charm.
As the Ganesh Utsav festival unfolds, it will culminate with Ganesha Visarjan on Thursday, September 28. Devotees will have the opportunity to offer their prayers by visiting temples and presenting laddoos as offerings to Lord Ganesh, marking the joyous conclusion of this cherished festival.