Ganesh Chaturthi is a Hindu festival that marks the birth anniversary of the God of the Gods, Lord Ganesha. It is a 10 day celebration and this festival commences on the fourth day of the Hindu month of Bhadrapada and ends with Ganesha Visarjan on Anant Chaturdashi.
Ganesha Festival 2017 will be celebrated between 25th August 2017 and 5th September 2017 this year amidst great joy and happiness across India.
How is Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrated?
Ganesh Utsav commences with the ‘Pran Pratishtha’ of the idol of Lord Ganesha in our homes or offices on the day of Ganesha Chaturthi. It is then followed by offering prayers and sweets for 10 days. Uttarpuja is the next ritual that is done right before the idol of Lord Ganesha is taken for Visarjan. Lastly Ganpati Visarjan in which the idol of Lord Ganesha is taken for immersion in rivers or sea amidst a grand scale procession. Vinayak Chaturthi celebrations can last till 1.5, 3, 5, 7 or 11 days depending upon family tradition and rituals.
Ganesh Visarjan is an extensively magnificent procession especially in Mumbai. It is attended by thousands of Ganesha devotees which include celebrities, politicians and other noted personalities. It is also an emotional day for all the devotees as they bid adieu to their beloved god with a hope and promise that he will visit them next year. This festival is celebrated as a public event organized by Ganpati Mandals.
Importance of Ganesh Chaturthi
In Hindu religion, it is the only festival that pays reverence to both the forms of the almighty – the physical form as well as the spiritual form (formless). Lord Ganpati is regarded as the God Of good beginnings and is believed to take away all the obstacles of the house and the family with him at the time of Visarjan. It is probably one of the most preeminent festivals that is eagerly awaited by every section of the society.
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