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Ganesh Chaturthi

Date: 5th Sep, 2016

The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is devoted to Lord Ganesha and also known as ‘Vinayak Chavithi’. Hindu religion and folklores states that the God Ganesha is the symbol of good luck and wisdom and he needs to be invoked and venerated before starting any good work. Hindus offer prayers to Lord Ganesha to get success in any new work. It is said that to fulfill the dreams and wishes of all those who worship Lord Ganesha in a sincere way.

Celebrated in the month of Bhaadrapada (August - September), this Hindu festivity is rejoiced by people with full devotion, fervor and mirth for 10 days. Gnash Chaturthi has several mythological tales, which are worth knowing about. Below mentioned are some of the popular legends that are connected with the auspicious occasion of Ganesha Chaturthi.

Legend of Birth of Lord Ganesha

As per this mythological saga, once the wife of Lord Shiva Goddess Parvati made a petite statuette from the dough she used to take bath and breathed life into that figurine. This is how the birth of Ganesha took place. One day, Lord Shiva came to meet the Goddess Parvati, but Lord Ganesha did not allow him to enter the home. This incident made Lord Shiva infuriated and he beheaded Ganesha with his trident. Later on, when he came to know the truth that Ganesha is his son he fixed the head of an elephant. Lord Shiva apologized and affirmed that Ganesha would be revered before all deities.

Legend of Ganesha and Kartikeya

This is another famous folklore connected with Ganesha Chaturthi. One day, Ganesha was invited for a sumptuous feast in Chandralok. He ate a lot of laddus, after this he got up and walked after having a big meal. Suddenly he lost his balance and all the ladoos eaten by him came out from his huge stomach. Moon saw this, he started laughing, and this made Lord Ganesha angry. He curses moon and said that you will disappear from the universe. Due to the absence of moon, entire world began to vanish. All the Gods pleaded to Ganesha and apologized for his bad behavior. Finally, Lord Ganesha changed his mind and said to moon that he would disappear once in a month.

Ganesha Chaturthi Customs and Rituals

The followers of Lord Ganesha observe fast on this day to seek the blessings of the God. Artists before the main event make the attractive idols of Ganesha. These statues are made up with clay and decked exquisitely with sequins, colors, ribbons, and other decorative items. To greet the God, people clean their homes and a platform is prepared to perform Puja. After the completion of home decorations, the figurine of Ganesha is kept on a cleaned and adorned platform.

All the family members congregate around the holy idol and the priest performs a holy aarti. This aarti is convoyed by chanting of holy mantras like Ganpati Bappa Morya, sound of bells, and cymbals. The entire environment reverberates with this holy sound. The priest in the meantime offers fruits and sweets to the worshippers.

On the last day of this grand festivity, the idol of Lord Ganesha is carried in a procession and submerged into water and it is believed that that Lord Ganesha would take their pain with him and come back next year to bless them.