Every year, as we welcome Lord Ganesha in our lives, we all shout in joy and say, ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya’ but how did this slogan originate? Ever wondered?
‘Ganpati Bappa Morya’ – the chant every devotee chants during the 10-day Ganesh festival across India echoes in our hearts and minds long after. The complete chant that originated in Marathwada goes like this : “गणपति बप्पा मोरया, पुढ़चा वर्षी लॉकर या।” (Ganpati Bappa Morya, Pudhcha Varshi Loukar Ya).
But what does this chant mean? Let’s learn more.
Ganpati – the name used for Lord Ganesha is a Sanskrit word meaning – a combination of two Sanskrit words – gana and pati. Gana means a group of people – in this case humans and pati means lord or master. It is used as another name for Lord Ganesha.
Bappa is a word that says father or lord – a way of respectfully addressing Lord Ganesha who is the father of everyone on Earth.
The third word Morya, has a very interesting story behind it. Morya Gosavi, who lived in the 14th century was a great devotee of Lord Ganesha and a priest of the Hindu Ganpataya sect. Some legends say that Morya asked a wish from Lord Ganesha that his name be associated with the Lord forever. Some say, that Morya is used to denote the never-ending relationship between God and devotees, with Morya being the devotee.
Near the Ganesh Temple in Chinchwad, Maharashtra, Morya Gosavi’s tomb is situated where he took Samadhi. Ever since then, his name is taken with Lord Ganesha.
The second part of this chant – pudhcha varshi loukar ya, is Marathi for come soon again next year. It is a way of welcoming Lord Ganesha once again in the lives of his devotees after the 10-day festival ends.
Did you know this? Share it with your friends. This year, when we you chant ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya’, chant it after knowing the meaning.