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Ganesh Chaturthi – When, Why and How

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India is the land of festivals and celebrations. Now a days, the people of India is celebrating the festival of Ganesh chaturthi.It is the main festival of Maharastra, Tamil Nadu,Karnatak, Andra Pradesh and many parts of the country.This festival is dedicated to the Lord Ganesh also known as “Ganpati”.Let us discuss its celebration and importance.

When it is celebrated:

It is celebrated  on the fourth day of the moons bright fortnight, or period from new moon in the lunar month of Bhadrapada. It generally falls in the month of August or September.It is continue for five, seven or eleven days.

Why it is celebrated:

Ganpati

Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated on the occassion of  birthday of Lord Ganesh (Ganesha), the god of wisdom and prosperity.According to the mythology, he is the son of Shiva and Parvati, brother of Kartikeya – the general of the gods.  There are numerous stories in Hindu mythology, associated with the birth of this elephant-headed god, whose vehicle is the Mooshak or rat and who loves Modaks (droplet shaped Indian sweet).

How it is celebrated:

Ganesh chaturthi is the ten day festival which is celebrated in every part of the country.The idol of Lord Ganesha is set up in the homes for worship, people have their fast, distribution of sweets are the common aspect of the festival of Ganesh chaturthi.

Ganesh chaturthi is so popular that the preperation start before a month in advance. Before the ten-day ceremony begins, people  attain an excellent state of purity by cleaning the houses, especially the place where the idol is to be placed. The place of puja is decorated with lots of lightings, flowers etc.At the time of evening,devotees do their prayers and aarti.

On the other hand, big idols of  Lord Ganesh is set up in the pandals.The idol is worshiped in the morning and evening with simple recitations of the, devotional songs, offerings of flowers, sandal woods and diyas.On the last day, the idol of Lord Ganesh is immersed in sea ar any other holy river. Thousand of devotees participate in the immersion process by dancing, singing the devotional somgs and drum beats. Shouts of “Ganapati Bappa Mourya” meaning “Oh Lord Ganesh come again early next year” resound all around. This is the last stage and the end of  ten day festival.

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