Ganesh Chaturthi is a spiritual celebration that is a part of Hinduism.

GANESH CHATURTHI FESTIVAL

Ganesh Chaturthi is a spiritual celebration that is a part of Hinduism, which numerous researchers see as the most seasoned living religion. Ganesh Chaturthi, one of the most sacred Hindu festivals, celebrates the birth of Lord Ganesha - the supreme God of wisdom and prosperity.




Ganesh Chaturthi celebrates the birthday of Ganesha, the eldest son of the gods Shiva and Parvati and one of the five major Hindu gods. With his pot belly and ELEPHANT head, Ganesha is the God who removes all obstacles in the paths of those struggling to achieve both spiritual and worldly success. Practically every Hindu home has Ganesha's picture over the entryway, and he is worshipped at the beginning of every important undertaking, whether it is the building of a new house, the beginning of a marriage, or the opening of a new account book.

Ganesha is known by 108 other names. Vinayak is one among them which is known to all.Lord Ganesha is also known as "Vighna Vinashak", which implies, one who annihilates and expel impediments. Ganesha favors us with peace and flourishing. 

Lord Ganesha, also known as Vinayaka, is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

Ganesh Chaturthi or "Vinayak Chaturthi" is one of the major customary celebrations celebrated by the Hindu people group. It is observed in the Hindu date-book month of Bhadrapada, starting on the Shukla Chaturthi (fourth day of the waxing moon period). Typically, as per English calendar, the day falls sometime between August and September. The festival lasts for 10 days, ending on Ananta Chaturdashi, and is traditionally celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha.

There are different stories about Lord Ganesha’s birth:

One legend portrays that Ganesha was made by goddess Parvati out of the soil and set to protect her security while she had her shower. At the point when Ganesha halted Lord Shiva from entering their home, he got angry and severed Ganesha’s head. Parvati was heart-broken and to appease her, Lord Shiva fixed an elephant’s head on the child and hence, the elephant-headed Ganesha appeared. The other legend says that Ganesha was created by Shiva and Parvati, on the request of Devas. The Devas wanted Ganesha to be a Vighnahartaa (obstacle-averter) to help the Devas from Rakshasas.

The popular sweet dumpling Modak believed to be Lord Ganesha's favorite food and hence during the Ganesha worship ceremony, the puja always finishes up with an offering of twenty-one Modaks to the deity and as Prasad. Modaks made with rice flour shell are favored, for this reason, however, wheat shell version is also used. Apart from Modaks, Puran Poli also makes for one of the major and popular sweets during Ganesh Chaturthi. Like Modaks, Puran Poli can likewise be offered as "bhog" to the Lord and later filled in as Prasad. Apart from these two, others sweets are also offered to the Lord Ganesha.

Ganesh Chaturthi has been praised all through Maharashtra as likewise in different states with extraordinary group excitement and support. Today, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in the states of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and numerous different parts of India. The festival is so famous that the arrangements begin months earlier Days before the actual worship, temples and homes are cleaned.

Small images are used in the home, but life-size ones are often set up on temporary altars in the marquees in Parks and Streets prior to the Puja (worship). Elaborate arrangements are made for lighting, decoration, mirrors, and flowers.

The duration of the Lord's stay varies from place to place; which may be one, three, five, seven and ten days. Once the worship is complete, the statues are carried to immerse in procession to the nearest body of water. This procession and immersion are accompanied with dancing and the sound of exciting drumbeats, devotional songs, and exploding firecrackers. As the holy idol is immersed amidst loud chants of "Ganesh Maharaj Ki Jai!" the festival comes to an end with pleas to the Lord to return the next year "Ganpati Bappa Morya, Aglay Baras Tu Jaldi Aa.”

In few parts of India, Ganesha is the divine force of the harvest, and after the immersion ceremony is over, sand or clay from the riverbed is brought back to the farm and scattered around the barns and storerooms.

Ganesha is also the destroyer of vanity, selfishness, and pride. He is the personification of material universe in all its various magnificent manifestations. Our festivals are the part of our rich culture and traditions. Festivals depict our values and our beliefs. Ganesh Chaturthi is a definitive celebration celebrated over the entire India to adore the God of fresh starts, Ganesha. It is our duty to secure and sustain our customs.

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Sumegha Bhatnagar

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