Ganesh Chaturthi

Sukhkarta Dukhharta Varta Vighnachi ||
Nurvi Purvi Prem Krupa Jayachi ||
Sarvangi Sundar Uti Shendurachi ||
Kanti Jhalke Mal Mukataphalaanchi..||
Jaidev Jaidev Jai Mangal Murti ||
Darshan Maatre Man: Kaamna Phurti ||

Ganesh Chaturthi is an auspicious Hindu festival. Celebrated on the birth anniversary of the god of new beginnings, Lord Ganesha. He is a Hindu god of new beginnings and the remover of obstacles both of a material and spiritual order. Lord Ganesha is the god of good fortune. He is the son of Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati. His mother created him using earth which she molded into the shape of a boy. As a reward for his great courage in fighting the demons, Shiva made Ganesha the leader of the bhutaganas.

The festival is particularly popular in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Karnataka. This year Ganesh Chaturthi will begin on September 10 and the 10-day festival will conclude on September 21. An annual festival honors Ganesha for ten days, starting on Ganesh Chaturthi which typically falls in late August or early September. The festival begins with people bringing in clay idols of Ganesha, symbolizing the god’s visit. Some families have a tradition of immersion on the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, or 7th day. 

How it celebrated?

During this festival, the Pran Pratishtha ritual performed to purify an idol inside a temple. On the last day, the entire festival is celebrated with a splash of water on a river.  

The Ganpati Visarjan marks the return of Lord Ganesha to his home. People believed that praying to him helps to end all troubles. That is why he is also known as Vinayaka and Vighneshwara. He is also the god of new beginnings and fresh starts.

According to a legend, Lord Ganesha and his elder brother Lord Karthik once set off to circle the world to see who between them was faster. Ganesha, bestowed with immense wisdom, circled his parents thrice. When asked why he did so, he said his parents meant the world to him. Impressed by the gesture, his mother, Devi Parvati, gave him a modak. That is why the god is offered modak. He believes in knowledge and wisdom of a person.

Devotees, on the occasion, bring idols of Ganesha at their homes. Pandals are also set up where idols are installed during the festival days.

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