Festival greetings to all.
Tomorrow millions of Hindus around the world will welcome into their homes their most beloved Ganesha: embodiment of intellect and wisdom, repository of the Arts & Sciences, musician extraordinaire, [vegetarian] gourmand nonpareil, and an overall great guy to have around.
Verse from Ganesha Pancharatnam, by Adi Shankaracharya, ca. 7th CE.
मुदाकरात्तमोदकं सदा विमुक्तिसाधकं
कलाधरावतंसकं विलासिलोकरक्षकम् |
नताशुभाशुनाशकं नमामि तं विनायकम् ||
Happy – with the modaka in His hands,
Always – a friend on the path to liberation;
The moon on His crest,
the protector of the nāga worlds;
The One without a Lord
The Lord of All;
The slayer of Gajāsura
the inauspiciousness of those
who bow to Him.
To that Vināyaka