Details About The Grand Ganesh Chaturthi

Lord Ganesha is the cutest God of Indian Mythology and is the favorite of the majority of people. He always stands as the foremost inspiration for Indian children and their parents. Lord Ganesha’s birthday is considered to be very important and a must to do celebration by Hindus.

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Puja Timings Of Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated on Shukla Chaturthi of the Hindu month of Bhadra.
The duration of puja timings which are considered to be most auspicious is for 2 Hours 33 Mins. It will start at 11:06 and continue till 13:39.
The Chaturthi Tithi Begins on 20:27 on 24/Aug/2017 and will end on 20:31 on 25/Aug/2017.

Who Lord Ganesha Actually Is?

 Lord Ganesha is the older son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. He is believed to be the Lord of Good Fortune who provides prosperity, good luck, and success. He is famous for his power of knowledge and hence known as ‘The Vinayak or Vighneshwer’. He is considered to be the attractor of good luck and hence is remembered, in the beginning of any auspicious performance for blessings and auspiciousness.
Goddess Parvati had created Ganesha out of dirt off her body while having a bath and set him to guard her door while she finishes her bath. Shiva who had gone out returned at that time, but as Ganesha didn’t know him, stopped him from entering. An angry Shiva severed the head of Ganesha after a combat between the two. Parvati was enraged and Shiva promised Ganesha will live again. The devas who went in search of a head facing north of a dead person could manage only the head of an elephant. Shiva fixed the elephant’s head on the child and brought him back to life.

Why Celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi?

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Ganesh Chaturthi originates from the heart of Maharashtra and hence is celebrated with a lot of pomp and show there. The festival was celebrated as a public event since the time of Maratha King Shivaji, but a Sarvajanik Ganesh idol was installed first by Bhausaheb Laxman Javale. A change dawned and the festival became publicly observed after Lokmanya Tilak changed the festival from a private celebration to a grand public event “to bridge the gap between Brahmins and non-Brahmins and find an appropriate context in which to build a new grassroots unity between them”.
It is believed that Lord Ganesha is the source of knowledge and prosperity. Worshipping him with all our dedication will make us achieve success to unprecedented heights.

How To Celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi?

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There are four main rituals done by the Ganesh Pandals 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 its infusion.
  • Ganpati Visarjan – immersion of the Idol in the river.
If you want to know on how to perform Ganesh Puja at home, then below mentioned is the procedure.
  • First of all, establish the idol of Lord Ganesha at your home. As per Vastu the northeast corner of the house is associated with bringing prosperity and happiness. Select the northeast corner of your house for Ganesh Puja which should be clean and calm.
  • House is cleaned and sprinkled with ganga water especially in the place where the Idol of Lord Ganesha is to be placed.
  • Arrange a bright dress for the idol and place diyas for the puja.
  • Place the Kalash on the shrine and offer the deity with flowers and different food items.
  • Arrange a puja thali have the below-mentioned contents to perform the puja
    • Red Altar Cloth
    • Brass Kalash with Nariyal
    • Hindu Tilak
    • Gomutra
    • Gangajal
    • Rosewater
    • Diya
    • Ghee
    • Dhoop stick
    • Supari (betel nut), Clove, Cardamom
    • Darbha Grass (single)
    • Puja Coin (German silver)
    • Akshat
    • Panchmeva
    • Janeu
    • Mouli
    • Kapus Vastra
    • Honey
    • Attar
    • Kapur
    • Kharik, Badam, Raw Haldi

Celebrations In Maharashtra

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Maharashtra forms the hub for marvelous pandals and awes striking celebrations of Ganesh Chaturthi. With soaring chants and traditional drum beats, the deity arrives at the place which would be his abode for the next 11 days. It is then followed by ritualistic ceremonies performed to invoke the Lord’s presence in the idol. The offering of a variety of sweets, flowers, rice, etc is made to the deity. Modak – a type of sweet which is believed to be a favorite of the Lord, is a popular sweet that can be found everywhere during this festival. The days to be followed are marked with regular morning and evening ceremonies and special events of singing religious songs, traditional dances and chanting prayers. The Maharashtrians mark this as the most lavish and extravagant festival.

Celebrations In Schools

Schools are the source of education and so is their motto! “To Educate”. Since Lord Ganesha is the symbol of knowledge and the provider of prosperity, schools make sure to arrange puja and feast on this day. Children start preparations a day before and decorate the school.

On the day of Ganesh Chaturthi, children are given a feast and sweets as well. They also attend the puja and pray for their bright future.

Celebrations In Public Communities

Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated throughout India at the individual level as well as the community level. Communities usually arrange huge pandals which are set up by an entire neighborhood and all the people get together to worship the Ganesha idol, with a lot of pomp and show. On the tenth day, all the people go to the river or sea to immerse the idol.

Celebration Abroad

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Ganesh Chaturthi is, in fact, the most widely celebrated Hindu Festival abroad. U.K, Mauritius, France, U.S.A are among the major countries apart from India who enjoys observing Ganesh Puja.

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