The priest explained that in Hinduism, no ‘puja’ is ever deemed complete without offering the ‘durva’ to the deity and it considered the second sacred plant after Tulsi. And, it’s particularly an important offering when you perform Ganesh puja.
The word Durva is derived from the words duhu and avam. Durva brings the distant pure spiritual particles (pavitraks) of God closer to the devotee. The durva grass consists of three blades which represent the three principles of the primal Shiva, the primal Shakti and the primal Ganesha.
Durva is said to have the highest ability to attract Ganesha’s aura, which explains why it is an important offering made to Lord Ganesha. Generally, the tender shoots of durva are used in the puja ritual of a deity. These tender shoots have the highest capacity to absorb principles of deities present in the dew drops fallen on their leaves. This benefits the worshipper.
Unlike the normal grass, durva grows long and as a single root above the surface with 3 or 5 nodes sprouting leaves. Once you pluck it out, it sprouts back soon after, representing the powerful symbol of regeneration, renewal, rebirth and fertility.
If durva bear flowers, they are not used in puja ritual, because a flowering plant denotes ripeness. Ripening causes decrease in the vitality of the plant. This further reduces its capacity to attract the frequencies of the deity principle.
Finally, a few sages came with 21 durvas and placed it on Ganesha’s head. Miraculously, the heat evaporated! Thus, Lord Ganesha declared that whoever worships Him with durva grass will forever receive His blessings.
Now, let us take a look at how durva should be offered and what is the importance of durva grass in Hindu rituals. The durva grass should have three or five leaflets to Lord Ganesha. They are known as durvankur. The middle leaflet of durvankur attracts the principle of primal Ganesha and the other two leaflets attract the primal Shiva and primal Shakti principles.
The minimum number of durva grass to be offered to Lord Ganesha should be 21. The Durva is tied together and offer them to Lord Ganesha after dipping them in water. The entire idol of Lord Ganesha, excluding the face, should be covered with Durva. You should begin by offering the durva from the feet of the deity and then moving on to other parts.
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