Lord Ganesha is a popular Hindu deity since He is invoked before the beginning of any auspicious journey. The diety with the countenance of an elephant is synbolic. The head of Lord Ganesha signify Atman or soul and his body suggests Maya or earthly and human desires for pleasures. ‘Ganesha Chaturthi’, thus is a holy day when the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha is celebrated ardently all over the nation. Another name for ‘Ganesha Chaturthi’ is ‘ Vinayak Chaturthi’. It is usually a ten-days festival, that falls in the Hindu month of Bhadra (mid-August to mid-September) and ends on Anantha Chaturdashi.Believers of Lord Ganesha around the world warmly welcome the idols of Ganesha in their houses. They worship the idol for ten days from Bhadrapad Shudh Chathurthi to Anantha Chaturthi. On the eleventh day, Lord Ganesha is dressed up elaborately; and the idol of Ganesha is then set to be transported to a river or a sea. He is raised high on a platform, surrounded by a crowd of worshippers dancing and singing all through the way. This cheerful procession is a farewell to Lord Ganesha to his heavely abode to Kailash, taking away with himself the adversities in human life. The festival ends with the loud chants of the believers: “Ganpati bappa morya, pudcha varshi laukar ya” (Hail Lord Ganesh, return again soon next year).
The festival is celebrated largely in the Indian states of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. People rejoice the festival as it is believed that Ganesha brings home good luck and prosperity. Ganesha Chaturthi is, therefore, considered an opportunity to wish your loved ones loads of good fortune. Greeting cards are a popular choice. Though, people who want to send their messages in no time go for E-greetings on the festival. Also, sending across charming gifts is another way to convey your blessings to your near and dear ones!
Happy Ganesha Chaturthi!