Anything which is in consonance with the Scriptures is ideal and beneficial. If the Idol of Shri Ganesh is sculpted as per the science under-lying Idols, then the benefit is more. Unfortunately, today Idols are worshiped in various forms and shapes based on liking and imagination without taking into account the under-lying science. This results in the denigration of Shri Ganesh.
Hindu festivals are not meant just for social gathering, but for faster spiritual progress (to obtain God’s grace). Therefore, one should stop evil tendencies from entering the festival.
One should ensure discipline and sanctity at the venue of worship and the Pandal. Workers should be dedicated, service-oriented, who understand the spiritual meaning of religious rituals as well as the Deities and who can assist in the celebrations with an attitude of service unto Sat (Absolute Truth).
Programmes on social upliftment, rekindling Dharma (Righteousness) and national awakening should be arranged for the benefit of devotees. Some examples are :
Discourses on spiritual topics such as Dharma, sadhana (Spiritual practice), Guru, disciple, etc.
Discourses which create awareness amongst the people about corruption, castes, terrorism, regionalism, etc.
Lectures which create awakening amongst the people about tobacco, alcohol, AIDS, etc.
Music and devotional songs : Programmes on folk ballads, classical music and devotional songs of Saints.
Plays and street plays : Based on patriotism or social problems.
Quiz programmes on topics related to protection of the Nation & bringing about awakening on Dharma.
What does a modak signify ?
‘Mod (मोद)’ means Anand (Bliss) and ‘ka (क)’ means a small part. So, modak (मोदक) is a fraction of Anand. Modak is shaped like a coconut, like the cavity ‘kha’ in the Brahmarandhra. When the Kundalini (Spiritual energy) reaches the ‘kha’ cavity, it gives the spiritual experience of Anand. Modak in the hand signifies Anand-bestowing Shakti (Divine Energy).