Basic Details about Ganesh Chaturthi, 2 September 2019
What is Ganesh Chaturthi?
Ganesh Chaturthi is also known as Vinayak Chaturthi and Ganeshotsav. The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most prominent and special ritualistic festivals observed annually. Ganesh Chaturthi is marked as the birthday of elephant-headed God, Lord Ganesha.
Is Ganesh Chaturthi a nationwide holiday?
Ganesh Chaturthi is not a public or gazetted holiday in India. However, in many parts of Maharashtra, many devotees take leave or are granted special leave. Some Government offices, institutions, colleges and-or schools observe a basic event or function on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi.
Where is Ganesh Chaturthi celebrated?
Though Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated across India, it is most popular in the Indian State of Maharashtra. Lord Ganesha is one of the most famous Indian deities. Lord Ganesha is also worshipped in other parts of the world and also in different forms.
What is the basic background of Lord Ganesha?
Lord Ganesha is the symbol of wisdom, intelligence and conscience. Lord Ganesha is also regarded by many as a sign of Nirvana. Lord Ganesha idols and images can be found in most homes and temples, and even along with other deities, especially in Maharashtra.
Lord Ganesha is also known by many other names, such as Kapil, Vinayak, Amit, Balganapati, Gajanan, Shubam, Tarun, etc.
Lord Ganesha’s parents are Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The brother of Lord Ganesha is Lord Kartikeya, the God of War. Lord Ganesha is popularly called and known as the God of remover of obstacles, and the one to bring wisdom, knowledge, and intelligence. Lord Ganesha is amongst the top-most popular Hindu deities. Lord Ganesha is worshipped in Jainism and Buddhism. Kangi-ten is a form of the elephant-headed Lord Ganesha in Japan and in Japanese Buddhism.
When is Ganesh Chaturthi celebrated?
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated every year in the Hindu calendar month of Bhadrapada, in the Shukla Paksha, on Chatur Tithi, the 4th day after the new moon. Shukla Paksha is rising-waxing fortnight phase of the moon in the lunar month. The date of Ganesh Chaturthi can vary every year in the Gregorian calendar. In 2019, Ganesh Chaturthi is falling on the 2nd of September, Monday.
Ganesh Chaturthi falls around end August or at the beginning of September in every Gregorian year.
What is done on Ganesh Chaturthi?
Worshippers and followers of Lord Ganesha perform prayers and devotion to Lord Ganesha on Ganesh Chaturthi. Many devotees observe Vrat, fast on Ganesh Chaturthi. Many devotees carry massive idols of Lord Ganesha in the form of a holy procession. Some idols of Lord Ganesha are very colorful and attractive, done up by Artists. Many Artisans take up to several months in the making of gigantic Lord Ganesha idols for the event of Ganesh Chaturthi.
The preparation of the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi can start weeks before the actual event. The festivity ends with the immersion of the idols in water, normally in larger water bodies, such as lakes, sea etc. The immersion or dissolution of Lord Ganesha idols signifies the return of Lord Ganesha to Mount Kailash. The festivity of Ganesh Chaturthi can last for many days like for 11 days.
Many devotees offer coconuts, flowers, jaggery, sweets etc at the Lord Ganesha temples and distribute sweets in the neighborhood, amongst relatives, friends etc.
One of the best places to witness the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi in full swing is in Mumbai.
A Mantra for Lord Ganesha is -
Om Gan Ganpataye Namah
ॐ गं गणपतये नमः
Date Published : 28 Aug 2019