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Ganesh Chaturthi marks the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha. He is also known as “Vighnaharta”, the remover of obstacles from the life. He is an epitome of wisdom, success, and good luck.
This 10-day long festival usually comes in the Bhadra month according to the Hindu calendar, and celebrated with great pomp and fervor throughout the nation. It is extremely popular in the states like Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Gujarat. On this auspicious day, people wake up early in the morning and visits temple to seek blessings of the almighty.
There are various mythical tales that are associated with the birth of Lord Ganesh. As per the belief, Goddess Parvati created Lord Ganesh by taking off the turmeric paste from her own body. So, he can safeguard her in the absence of Lord Shiva.
One day, she went to take a bath and asked Lord Ganesh to guard her. When Lord Shiva came back, he fumed in anger as they don’t know each other. He chopped off Lord Ganesha’s head in rage. This act led to the outrage of Goddess Paravati.
To calm her down, Lord Shiva instructed Devas to search for Lord Ganesha’s head. But, they failed to find the head in spite of their efforts. All they could get is the head of the baby elephant, which Shiva fixed it on the body of Ganesh. This lead to the birth of Lord Ganesh.
On the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, the devotees welcome idol of Lord Ganesh at their homes. They worship and pray to the Lord wholeheartedly for 10 days to bring good fortune in their lives by removing all the obstacles. After the completion of 10th day, the idol is immersed in the water body such as a pond or a river. This is known as “Ganpati Visarjan” which marks the return of Ganesha to his abode.
The devotees clean the place of worship, and decorate their mandirs with beautiful flowers and lights. Then, place the idol of Lord Ganesh over there. They prepare a delicious bhog and sweets (preferably Modak), and sings arti.
Ganesh Chaturthi will be celebrated on 10th September this year, and the festivities will end on 21st September.
Chaturthi Tithi will begin from 10th September at 12:18 am and ends on 21st September at 9:57 pm.