Ganesha Chaturthi is celebrated on the birthday (rebirth) The belief lays in the story of the birth of Ganesha,
of Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi finds its origin
in the Maratha reign, with Chatrapati Shivaji starting the festival.
the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Although there are many stories attached to his birth.
Goddess Parvati was the creator of Ganpati.
She, in the absence of Lord Shiva,
used her sandalwood paste to create Ganesha
and put him to guard while she
had gone for bathing. While she was gone,
Lord Shiva got into a fight with Ganesha
as he did not allow him to enter,
due to his mother`s orders.
Enraged, Lord Shiva cut off Ganesha`s head.
When Goddess Parvati saw this sight,
she took the form of Goddess Kali and threatened
to destroy the world. This worried everyone
and they requested Lord Shiva
to find a solution and calm the rage of
Goddess Kali. Shiva then ordered all his followers
to immediately go and find a child whose mother has her back
towards her child in negligence and bring his head.
The first child seen by the followers
was that of an elephant and they, as ordered, cut his head
and brought to Lord Shiva.
Lord Shiva immediately placed the head
on Ganesha`s body and brought it to life again.
The rage of Maa Kali was calmed
and Goddess Parvati was overwhelmed,
once again. All the Lords blessed Ganesha and the day
is today celebrated for the same reason
Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations last for around ten days
(from Bhadrapad Shudh Chaturthi to Ananta Chaturdashi).
On the first day a clay idol of Lord Ganesha
is installed in homes.
Homes are decorated with flowers.
Temples witness the visit of large number of devotees.
Poojas are performed and bhajans are chanted.
Often, families gather together to celebrate the festival.
Localities organize and arrange for pandals
and install large idols of Lord Ganesha to
celebrate the festival with friends and family.
On the final day of the celebrations,
the idol of Lord Ganesha is taken on the streets.
People exhibit their enthusiasm and joy
in the form of dancing and singing
on the streets along with the idol.
The idol is finally immersed in the river or sea.
The day witnesses a large number of devotees
expressing their happiness and offering their prayers.
Ganesha poojan starts from installing a
clay idol of Lord Ganesha in your home.
Various dishes are cooked for offering (bhog).
The idol is given a bath with pure
water and then decorated with flowers.
Jyoti is lit and then the aarti begins.
Various bhajans, and mantras are chanted at this time.
It is believed that chanting the mantras with
complete devotion brings life to the idol.
It is also believed that during this period,
Ganesha visits the home of his devotees
and brings prosperity and good fortune with him.
For the same reason the day is observed as a very auspicious day.
Modak is known to be the lord`s favourite sweet and
is therefore one of the main dishes made on this day.
Other dishes include Karanji, ladu, barfi and pede.
It is believed that Lord Ganesh bestows his presence
on earth for all his devotees during this festival.
It is the day when Ganesha was born.
Ganesha is widely worshipped as the god of wisdom,
prosperity and good fortune and traditionally invoked
at the beginning of any new venture or at the start of travel.
The festival, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi
("festival of Ganesha") is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada,
starting on the shukla chaturthi (fourth day of the waxing moon period).
Ganesh Chaturthi in 2018 is on September 13
The festival lasts for 10-11 days,
ending on Anant Chaturdashi (fourteenth day of the waxing moon period).
Anant Chaturthi (or Anant Chaturdashi) is the last day of the “Ganesh festival”.
It is the tenth day after Ganesh Chaturthi which falls
on the 14th day of the bright Bhadrapada (the sixth month of Hindu calendar).
The day follows the immersion of the idols of the beloved Lord
but to be welcomed the next year with equal fervor.
Some people observe a vow in honour of Lord Vishnu,
which if kept for 14 years is supposed to bring wealth.
On the day of Anant Chaturdashi, the idols of Lord Ganesha
installed at home and various “Mandapas” (display place) are taken to
a pond, lake, river or a sea in great procession with
slogan: “ganpati bappa morya, agle baras to jaldi aa”
("father Ganpati, come again next year").
On this day, people travel to the water front with the idols,
big and small, dancing and singing in large procession
. The 10 day long festival comes to an end after the immersion ceremony is over.
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