Ganesh Chaturthi is an important Hindu festival dedicated to the god of wisdom, prosperity, and good fortune – Lord Ganesh. It is also called Vinayaka Chaturthi. According to Hindu Calendar, it falls on Chaturthi tithi of Shukla paksha in the month of Bhadrapada.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2021 Date: Friday, 10 September
Ganesha Puja Muhurat - 11:03 AM to 01:33 PM
Duration - 02 Hours 30 Mins
Ganesha Visarjan on Sunday, September 19, 2021
Ganesh Chaturthi observes in a special way for a day and a half, 3 days, 5 days, 7 days depending on the family tradition and culture. This varies from place to place. Accordingly, Ganesh visarjan dates for 2021 are
Visarjan on Anant Chaturdashi: Sunday, September 19, 2021
Visarjan on Ganesha Chaturthi: Friday, September 10, 2021
1 and half days visarjan: Saturday, September 11, 2021
3rd-day visarjan: Sunday, September 12, 2021
5th-day visarjan: Tuesday, September 14, 2021
7th-day visarjan: Thursday, September 16, 2021
Contrary to what many people believe, Ganesh Chaturthi is not a celebration of the birth of Ganesha. Ganesha’s birthday observes Magha Shukla Chaturthi in January/February, by the name of Ganesh Jayanti.
Ganesh Chaturthi celebrates the arrival of Ganesha on earth. Parvati or Gauri, was the daughter of the mountain king, Himavaan and Earth. Therefore, she came to the earth alone to visit her parents, leaving her husband and son behind. Shiva couldn’t bear to live without his wife, and so he sent his son Ganesha right behind her to bring her back. Ganesha thus came down to earth; where he welcomed with open arms, and his stay extended to 11 days.
This is the story behind this celebration of 11 days of Ganesh Chaturthi.
There are four main rituals done by the Ganesh Pandals during the festival.
1. Pranapratishhtha – the process of infusing the deity into a murti or idol.
2. Shhodashopachara – 16 forms of paying tribute to Ganesha.
3. Uttarpuja – Puja after which the idol could be shifted after its infusion.
4. Ganpati Visarjan – immersion of the Idol in the river.
If you want to know 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 diya for the puja.
Place the Kalash on the shrine and offer the deity flowers and different food items.
Arrange a puja thali has 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)
- Kapus Vastra
- Kharik, Badam, Raw Haldi
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated all over India as well as abroad. But it is most famous in the Indian state of Maharashtra. In Mumbai alone, around 150,000 statues are immersed annually. As lord Ganesh is the god of knowledge and wisdom; almost every school of India celebrates Ganesh Chaturthi with great enthusiasm.
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.
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated throughout India at the individual level as well as the community level. Communities usually arrange huge pandals that 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.
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 that enjoys observing Ganesh Puja.
Wishing you all a very Happy Ganesha Chaturthi.