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Why is Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrated?

Why is Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrated?

Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi is a Hindu festival celebrated every year. On this auspicious day, Lord Ganesha was born and hence, this day is celebrated as Lord Ganesha’s birthday. The fourth day of Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapada month according to the Hindu calendar (mid-August-September) is celebrated as Ganesha Chaturthi. Lord Ganesha is considered to be the God of wealth, knowledge, wisdom, and prosperity.

As per the Shiva Purana, Ganesha, after getting back his life with the elephant head, was blessed by Lord Shiva with a boon that he would be worshipped first before the start of any new work. Hence, he is worshipped first so that he may destroy any obstacle that might arise. Ganesh Chaturthi is observed for 10/11 days. The elephant-headed God, Ganesha is Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati's youngest son and is known by 108 names.

Lord Ganesha is depicted by the red color usually. His elephant-head, huge ears, one broken tusk, characteristic pot belly, four hands holding a pasam, laddus and a pot of rice and make him easy to identify among millions of Hindu Gods and Goddess. Ganesha's ‘vahan’ i.e. vehicle is the MUSHAKRAJ means mouse which is seen as a companion at his temples.

According to one of the stories, once Goddess Parvati created a cute child from sandalwood and gave life to it to guard her door as she took bath. However, when Lord Shiva came home and was denied entry to his home by Ganesha as the guard, Shiva was furious and he cut the head of the guard who was Lord Ganapati.

Afterwards Lord Shiva knew that the guard was created by Goddess Parvati and HE was our son. Lord Shiva repented also. Lord Shiva then asked his team or ganas to get the head of the first living creature they see at the gate. The first such creature was found at gate was an elephant and the ganas brought elephant’s head to the Lord Shiva.

Then, Lord Shiva replaced the elephant's head on the human body of Lord Ganapati Deva and brought Lord Ganapati Deva back to life, thus name was given to him Ganesha or Ganapati & chief of Lord Shiva's ganas or team. "Ganpati Bappa Morya" If you hear these chants on the streets, at homes and wherever you go, then you are in Mumbai or Maharashtra, during the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, the Utsav (celebration) that lasts for 10/11 days. The festival that commences with the arrival of Ganapati Bappa on the Chaturthi Tithi during the Shukla Paksha in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada culminates with his visarjan (farewell) after eleven days, i.e. on Ananta Chaturdashi.

During the festival, colourful pandals (temporary shrines) are setup and the Lord is worshiped for 10/11 days.Devotees can bring Ganesha home for 1 day, 3 days, 5 days, 7 days or 10 days. Once the Ganpati Sthapna is done at home, devotees must take SATVIK FOOD. Devotees must keep home clean with devotion. Stotram and Arati must be done twice a day. On 1st day i.e. On the day of Ganesh Chaturthi, Lord Ganapati must be offered LADDU as prasadam. Laddu is the favourite food of Lord Ganapati.

One night, Lord Ganesha went for a ride on his mouse. The tiny mouse could not bear his weight and tripped. The moon started laughing at the funny sight. Ganesha got angry and cursed the moon saying that anyone who looks at the moon on the night of the Ganesh Chaturthi will be falsely accused. Depending on Chaturthi tithi, it is advised to avoid to see the moon. This is said that If anyone sees the moon on Ganesh Chaturthi, the person comes under Dosha. He or She may get some wrong allegations.

This year, Ganesh Chaturthi date is on 22nd August, 2020, Saturday. Ganapati Visarjan is on 1st September, 2020, Tuesday.


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