‘Gan’ means Jan Samooh (general people) and ‘esh’ means supreme or Lord. Lord Ganesh is the supreme deity of the normal man, the guardian of the spiritual world and the first energy to grant access to the higher dimensions, which the allegory depicts. Elephant head symbolises supreme intelligence, the human body with large belly symbolises a reservoir of energy stored in the manipoorak chakra at the navel. Ganesh is the child of Mahadev, the supreme purush, and Adi Shakti, the mother of the creation. Riddhi (prosperity) and Siddhi (spiritual powers) are married to Ganpati, which indicates Ganpati is an energy which bestows spiritual as well as worldly boons, confirming the philosophy given in the shastras, that attainment of worldly pleasures is essential for attainment of higher realms – moksha or liberation.
In tantric siddhant, the first sadhna given to a sadhak is Ganpati sadhna and Ganpati jaap, which opens the doorway to lokas beyond the bhuloka, the physical dimension in creation. Ganesh Chaturthi is the day, when the energy of Lord Ganesh is most easily accessible to human beings. A havan done on this day under the guidance of Guru to aid Creation and for general good opens the doorways to the subtler dimensions and to realizing your hidden potential.
On this auspicious day under the guidance of Yogi Ashwini, Dhyan Foundation volunteers organized simultaneous Vedic havans throughout the country. These havans have the effect of purifying the homes and the karmas of the participants.