Ganesh Chaturthi- Facts and Importance of the Festival

Ganesh Chaturthi

Wish you Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to everyone.

Ganesh Chaturthi is also known as Vinayak Chaturthi. It is a holy Hindu festival that worships Lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha is considered as the son of God Shiv and Goddess Parvati.  The festival is on Shukla Chaturthi of the Hindu month of Bhadra which typically falls in the month of August or September. This year, Ganeshostav commences on September 13.

Ganesh Chaturthi is fourth and auspicious day of 10 days long festival Ganesh Utsav. This Festival is also celebrated as the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha.  On this day Lord Ganesh is worshiped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune.

Why we celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi

The celebration of this festival was publicly witnessed in Pune, Maharastra since the era of Chatrapati Shivaji (Founder of the Maratha Empire, 1630-1680).  This festival is celebrated by worshiping the Lord Ganesha as the God of new beginnings and remover of obstacles.  On this day Lord Ganesh is worshipped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune.  People believe that this festival brings new blessings and opportunities in their life. This festival is celebrated on a large scale across the India.

How Ganesh Chaturthi is Celebrated

In this festival huge Ganesha idols are installed at pandals in certain colonies. People also worship smaller idols at home and conduct pujas with prayers and Vrata. People chant Shlokas from Ganapati Upnishad and they distribute Modaks and other Prasaads, since Modaks is considered to be the favorite sweet of Lord Ganesha.

Even though Ganesh Chaturthi is observed across the nation, states such as Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa, Telangana, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh see special celebrations.  Mumbai is famous for organising some of the most famous Ganpati festivals and mandals.  Even the Bollywood celebrities come together and celebrate this festival. The Ganeshotsav, as it is also known, ends after 10 days on Anant Chaturdashi which is also known as Ganesh Visarjan day. People who live far away from their home often go back to celebrate and have a nice get together with their families. Even those who live far away, partake in the festival by sending wishes to their loved ones.

Lord Ganesha is the elephant-headed god with small eyes, large ears and four hands. He holds an axe in the right upper hand (to cut off all bonds of attachments), a rope in the upper left hand (to pull you nearer to the highest goal). The lower right hand signifies blessings (protecting the spiritual path of the supreme), and he holds a modak in his lower left hand (rewards for meditation).

Nowadays, people are very conscious about their Ganesha idols being eco-friendly. They prefer to purchase the Ganesha Idols made of mud and clay,instead of  made of plaster of Paris. Idols made of Plaster of Paris causes water pollution when it emerged in water.  The sales of eco-friendly Ganesh idols have seen a sharp rise this year in the city. We all should celebrate all the festival in eco-friendly way in order to keep our environment safe and healthy.

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