When Lord Ganesha’s idols are immersed in various water bodies on the 10th day after Ganesh Chaturthi, many chants of Ganapati Bappa Morya fill the air.
Significance of Bappa Morya
“What is the significance of the word Morya in “Ganapati Bappa Morya”?
Devotees chant Ganapati Bappa Morya all the time to sing the praises of Lord Ganesha. But how many of us know what the word Morya signify?
Morya, a devotee of Ganesha
The word Morya refers to a famous devotee of Lord Ganesha in the fourteenth century called Morya Gosavi, originally from village called Saligram in Karnataka, where his devotion was looked upon as madness!! He later travelled and settled in Chinchvad, near Pune and invoked the Lord with severe penance.
He attained siddhi (special powers and blessings) at Shree Chintamani and his son built the temple to commemorate the event.
It is said that Moryaji also performed penances at Siddhi Vinayak temple in Ahmedabad and in Moreshwar/Mayureshwar at Moregoan where he also built the temple. Overwhelmed by the devotion of Moryaji, he was blessed by Lord Ganesha to fullfill any of his wish. Morya asked to be remembered forever on this earth whenever anyone remembers his Lord, as his ‘Param Bhakt’. Thus this depicts the inseparable relationship between God and his devotee.”
Bappa as mark of respect
The word Bappa meaning father, is added as a mark of respect.
Always remember this when you say ‘Ganapati Bappa Morya’.