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Celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi: The Joyous Festival of Lord Ganesha

Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated as birth anniversary of Ganesh. On Ganesh Chaturthi, Lord Ganesh is worshipped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. It is believed that Lord Ganesh was born during Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapada month. Currently Ganesh Chaturthi day falls in month of August or September in English calendar.

The Ganeshotsav, the festivity of Ganesh Chaturthi, ends after 10 days on Anant Chaturdashi which is also known as Ganesh Visarjan day. On Anant Chaturdashi, devotees immerse idol of Lord Ganesh in water body after a gala street procession.

India, a country that possesses a multitude of festivals that are celebrated with fervor and enthusiasm, is a land full of diverse cultures and traditions.Ganesh Chaturthi is a festival that is both vibrant and significant that holds a special place in the hearts of millions.Observed to honor Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed deity of wisdom and prosperity, Ganesh Chaturthi is not just a religious event but a cultural extravaganza that brings communities together in joy and unity.

Ganapati Sthapana and Ganapati Puja Muhurat:

  • Ganesha Chaturthi on Tuesday, September 19, 2023
  • Madhyahna Ganesha Puja Muhurat – 11:01 AM to 01:28 P
  • Ganesha Visarjan on Thursday, September 28, 2023

As per Hindu time-keeping, the time duration between sunrise to sunset is divided into five equal parts. These five parts are known as Pratahkala, Sangava, Madhyahna, Aparahna and Sayankal. Ganapati Sthapana and Ganapati Puja on Ganesha Chaturthi are done during Madhyahna part of the day and as per Vedic astrology it is considered the most appropriate time for Ganesha Puja.

Historical and Mythological Significance:

The roots of Ganesh Chaturthi can be traced back to ancient Indian scriptures and mythology. According to Hindu mythology, Goddess Parvati created Ganesha out of clay and brought him to life to guard her while she bathed. When Lord Shiva, Parvati’s husband, returned home, he was denied entry by Ganesha. A furious Shiva beheaded Ganesha in a fit of rage. Upon seeing Parvati’s grief, Shiva promised to bring Ganesha back to life. This led to Ganesha being revived with the head of an elephant, symbolizing wisdom, power, and humility.

The Festival’s Preparation and Rituals

Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with immense fervor and excitement in various parts of India, but the greatest celebrations can be observed in the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat.Months before the festival, preparations begin with great zeal. The preparations for the festival typically begin weeks in advance, with artisans creating elaborately crafted Ganesha idols of various sizes.The preparations for the festival typically begin weeks in advance, with artisans creating elaborately crafted Ganesha idols of various sizes.Artisans craft intricate clay idols of Lord Ganesha, ranging from small ones for households to colossal ones for community celebrations.

The Festival’s Celebrations:

The festival spans 10 days, with the most vibrant celebrations occurring on the first and last days. On the first day, devotees bring home the Ganesha idol with joyous processions, singing devotional songs, and dancing in the streets. The idol is then placed in a beautifully decorated pandal (temporary shrine), where it is worshipped with offerings of flowers, sweets, and incense. Cultural events, including music and dance performances, often take place during the festival.

Eco-Friendly Celebrations:

In recent years, there has been a growing awareness about the environmental impact of the festival due to the materials used in making traditional idols, which are often immersed in water bodies, leading to pollution.To address this concern, many communities have adopted eco-friendly practices by using clay idols that dissolve in water and using natural colors for decoration. This shift towards sustainability reflects a harmonious blend of tradition and environmental consciousness.

Unity in Diversity:

Ganesh Chaturthi transcends religious boundaries and brings people of all ages and backgrounds together. Community celebrations involve elaborate decorations, cultural performances, music, and dance.One of the most remarkable aspects of Ganesh Chaturthi is how it transcends barriers of caste, creed, and social status. People from all walks of life participate in the festivities, fostering a sense of unity and communal harmony. The festival showcases the rich cultural diversity of India while celebrating a deity who is beloved by millions.