The Lord of Auspiciousness
‘Ga’ symbolized Buddhi (intellect) and ‘Na’ symbolizes Vijnana (wisdom). Ganesh is thus considered the master of intellect and wisdom. He is also the patron of accomplishment and the container of all possibilities. He is the one who destroys all obstacles, challenges the intruder and keeps the unworthy out. He is the granter of boons and the destroyer of vanity, selfishness and pride. He is the personification of material universe in all its various magnificent manifestations.
On the whole, the adorable Lord Ganesh is the most frequently invoked divinity, since he is the Lord of fortuity who provides prosperity and fame and also destroys obstacles of both material and spiritual order. It is for this reason that He is invoked before the undertaking of any task with pious incantations of his name. He is the first god to be worshipped at every occasion, every project, every sojourn and everything of any importance. Throughout India, his idol is the first to be placed in any new home or abode.
The friendliest of gods to ever grace our dwellings, Lord Ganesh represents the perfect equilibrium between force and kindness and power and beauty. He also symbolizes the discriminative capacities that provide the power to perceive distinctions between truth and illusion, the real and the unreal. He absorbs all the negative vibes thus clearing the environs the negative energy. In fact, he is fabled to have a potbelly because he has consumed the accumulated sins of his countless devotees. Moreover, He is associated with the first chakra (energy wheel), that represents the instinct of conservation and survival, of procreation and material well being. Not surprising then that this adorable elephant headed god – Ganesh, finds his abode in the hearts of millions of devotees and continues to permeate their lives in most formidable ways.
Let us invoke and praise this benevolent God Ganesh together through these prayers sung by the melody queen Asha Bhonsle. Let us invite auspiciousness into our space!
Enchanting, enamouring, ecstatic, serene, tranquil, engaging, magical and melodious is what the legendary playback singer of the country Asha Bhonsle is all about. Considered as one of the most talented and versatile singers, Asha Bhonsle is believed to have sung over 20,000 songs in over 14 languages including Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Tamil, English, Russian and Malay, in her career spanning over 6 dcades.
Born in Goar, Maharashtra to the Mangeshkar clan-the famous famil of musicians, Asha started her career at the tender age of 10 and soon became the heartthrob of the entire nation. O.P. Nayyar and ace music director R.D. Burman played a crucial role in realizing her talent and thus Asha stamped the Indian music industry with unforgettable performances in films like “Ek musafir Ek Hassena”, “Kashmir Ki Kali”, “Teesri Manjil”, “Izazat” and “Umrao Jaan”.
Asha Bhonsle’s list of awards and honorariums is as it is impressive. She received the Filmfare award eight times, from 1967 to 1977 and two national awards – one in 1981 for ‘Dil Cheez Kya Hai’ (Umrao Jaan) and the other in 1986 for ‘Mera Kuch Samaan’ (Ijazat). She was the first Indian singer to have been nominated for the Grammy Award in 1977. In 2001 she was felicitated with Dada Saheb Phalke Award and Dayawati Modi Award. She has numerous other awards to her credit such as Nightingale of Asia Award in 1987, Lata Mangeshkar Award by the Government of Madhya Pradesh in 1989, Screen Videocon Award in 1997 and MTV Award in 1997.
What makes Asha Bhonsle special is her ability to innovate condidtently. She regularly rediscovers herself, providing listeners with fresh and unique renditions. Her singing prowess is not limited to any one set genre. Whether it be pop, remix, bhajans, films, qawaali or ghazals, her performance never fails to impress. In “Mangalmurti Ganesh”, she has brought alive the dramatic scenery and spiritual aura associated with the pious Lord Ganesh, adding charm and colour to the celebrations that precede and follow Ganesh Chaturthi. Praise and propitiate the pious Lord of auspicious beginnings with this empress of melody as she sparks the environs with the Ganesh spirit. Clap in tune to the famous Marathi aarti “Sukh Karta Dukh Harta” sung in both Marathi and Hindi. Sing “Bappa Morya Re” with the mesmerizing Asha in her devotional best.
Appease the auspicious lord with Asha Bhonsle!
1. Shlok and Mantras
• Vakratund Mahakay
• Siddhivinayak Mantra
• Ashtavinayak Mantra
2. Sukhkarta Dukhaharta: Hindi Adaptation
3. Shendur Laal Chadhayo
4. Ganpati Chalisa
5. Ganpati Bappa Sunlo
6. Prarthana – Hey Gajvadana
7. Jay Ganesh Deva
8. Sukhakarta Dukhaharta
9. Morya Re Bappa