Ganesh Chaturthi is a vibrant festival in India that brings people of all ages together in a happy union to herald the merciful Lord Ganesh. On Ganesh Chaturthi, Lord Ganesh is worshipped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. Ganesh Chaturthi brings people of all religion, caste and creed together. He is honoured at the start of rituals and ceremonies as he’s considered the God of beginnings. The nation is set to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi on 13 September 2018.
When is Ganesh Chaturthi celebrated?
The festival is celebrated on the fourth day of Hindu luni-solar calendar month Bhadrapada. Usually, this falls in the month of August or September.
Why is Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrated
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in honor of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati’s younger son Lord Ganesha who is known by 108 different names. Also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi marks the birthday of Lord Ganesha.
How Is Ganesh Festival Celebrated? Rituals
* During the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations, people make idols out of clay at home trying to be eco-friendly.
* The streets are filled with people dancing and celebrating.
* The idols of Lord Ganesh are worshiped every day, with an aarti in the evening.
* The chanting, “Ganapathi bappa moriya,” can be heard all over.
* Modak is the primary sweet dish made on all the ten days of the festival. The sweet is offered to the God and also distributed among devotees.
There are four main rituals during the festival –
- Pranapratishhtha – the process of infusing the deity into a murti or idol.
- Shhodashopachara – 16 forms of paying tribute to Ganesha.
- Uttarpuja – Puja after which the idol could be shifted after it’s infusion
- Ganpati Visarjan – immersion of the Idol in the river. This act signifies that the devotees of Lord Ganesha are sending him back to his parents on Mount Kailash.
Don’t look at the Moon on Ganesh Chaturthi!!
It is believed that one should not sight the moon on Ganesh Chaturthi. Sighting moon on Ganesh Chaturthi creates Mithya Dosham or Mithya Kalank (कलंक) which means false accusation of stealing something.
The day has several stories associated with it
It is commonly believed that Lord Ganesha was given birth by Goddess Parvati from dirt. According to mythology, she was taking a bath and created him to guard and keep a check that no one entered the room. Unaware of this, Lord Shiva apparently tried to enter and was angry to see an unknown boy standing outside his wife’s chamber. When he tried to enter, as per Parvati’s instructions, Ganesha tried to stop him. Enraged with his guts, Lord Shiva severed Ganesha’s head.
When Parvati heard this, she came outside to see the headless Ganesha and explained what had transpired. As it was not possible to join his original head back, another head of a living creature had to be used. In Ganesha’s case, the head of an elephant was used. This gave birth to the beloved Lord Ganesha as we know him. According to another legend, Ganesha was created by Shiva and Parvati on the request of other gods. They wanted someone to create obstacles for the rakshas(demons).
Wish you a Happy and a Blessed Ganesh Chaturthi 2018!
Ganpati Bappa Morya!!
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