Ganesh Chaturthi is usually observed on the 4th day after the new moon in August or September. It is celebrated for a period of 11 days. The celebration ends on 12th day called as Ananta Chaturdasi.
This year Ganesh Chaturthi will begin on 2 September, Monday and end on 12 September, Thursday.
Ganesh Chaturthi, the spectacular festival which commemorates the birth of Lord Ganesh, is one of the most popular festivals in India. Lord Ganesha is known to be 'Vighnaharta', the lord who takes all your pains away. He is worshipped for his ability to remove obstacles and bring good fortune in life.
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|Madhyahna Ganesha Puja Muhurat||11:06 AM to 01:37 PM|
|Duration||02 Hours 31 Mins|
|Time to avoid Moon sighting||08:56 AM to 09:06 PM|
|Duration||12 Hours 10 Mins|
|Chaturthi Tithi Begins||04:57 AM on Sep 02, 2019|
|Chaturthi Tithi Ends||01:54 AM on Sep 03, 2019|
Ganesh Chaturthi is a ten-day long festival and Ganesh Sthapana is usually performed on the first day of the festival. Lord Ganesha is believed to have been born at Madhyahna Kala, which according to the Hindu calendar denotes midday, and therefore Ganesh pooja is preferred to be performed at Madhyahna. This year, the best time to place the idol is between 12.30 pm to 1 pm. Devotees of Lord Ganesh perform Shodashopachara Ganapati pooja, which is a detailed and 16 step ritualistic pooja of the elephant-headed God.
The place where the idol is to be positioned must be chosen intelligently so as to ensure that people are able to view it during most of the times throughout the day. Before installing the idol, clean the place thoroughly, lay a cloth (preferably red colored) and spread some rice on the cloth. Thereafter, you can place the idol on the cloth. Once that is done, the idol, as well as the shrine, are embellished with majestic flowers and other items. The idols, which are installed in the home, may come in sizes of 3/4 inches, while those at big community celebrations may rise to a height of 70 feet.
Worshipers offer modaks, jaggery, coconut, red hibiscus flowers and other offerings to the idol of Lord Ganesha. During the ceremony, devotees also chant hymns and perform aartis in the morning and evenings along with their family and friends. Some of the popular Ganesh pooja Mantras sung by the devotees on this day are Ganesha Shubh Labh Mantra, Ganesha Gayatri Mantra, Vakratunda Ganesha Mantra among others.
On the Ganesh Chaturthi, the statue of Lord Ganesha is installed in homes, temples, and mandaps. The size of the idol may be as small as ¾ of an inch or as high as 25 feet.
The idols are elegantly decorated once they are installed.
Even the temples and mandaps are adorned with flowers and lights. Sometimes, theme-based decorations are used to give a unique look to the mandaps. Such themes include current events and religious issues.
When the rituals begin, the priest chants mantras to invoke life into the idol. This ritual is called the 'Pranapratishtha'. This ritual is followed by the 'Shhodashopachara' which includes the 16 ways of paying respect to Lord Ganesha.
There are certain offerings made to Lord Ganesha. These include coconut, jaggery and rice flour preparation. Besides, red flowers and 21 durva (trefoil) are also offered to the Lord. While these offerings are made, a red sandal paste is applied to the idol.
The Ganesh pooja involves the chanting of hymns from the Ganapati Atharva Shirsha Upanishad, Rig Veda and other religious scriptures. This continues for 10 days, and on the 11th day, the idol of Ganesha is immersed in a river or sea.
The devotees actually take the idol through the streets, thus singing, dancing and shouting 'Ganapati Bappa Morya, Purchya Varshi Laukariya' which means that the Lord should come back next year.
On the Ganesh Chaturthi, people usually get up early in the morning and take a bath so that they can proceed toward the temple to offer their prayers to Lord Ganesha. The devotees offer coconut, sweet pudding, and other items when they visit the temples or perform the Ganesh Chaturtha rituals at their homes.
A popular tradition followed on the 1st day of Ganesh Chaturthi is to avoid looking at the moon on that day and pray to God to give you spiritual strength, so that you succeed in your endeavors.
On this special day, there are processions held to enjoy the festival. There's loud music on the streets with people dancing to religious songs. You may participate in the Dance Ganesh, a huge procession that starts from the Mahalaxmi Temple Compound in Central Mumbai and reaches up to the seafront.
The entire ambience turns lively with religious songs, trendy music, drum beats, and dances of devotees.There are lights, lasers, fireworks, and much more to add to the festive spirit.
On the Ganesh Chaturthi, you'll find local communities competing with each other to install the best statue and have the best mandap decorations.
The Ganesh Chaturthi is observed with the belief that the Lord will offer his blessings and bring good luck to his devotees. It is considered as a special event for artists and businessmen. Budding artists get the chance to display their work of art during this festival. The businessmen believe that the Lord will bless them with good fortune. Everyone observes this festival with the belief that good luck and success will come their way forever and always. So, celebrate the Ganesh Chaturthi 2019 and let the Lord bless you with good luck and prosperity.Who started celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi?
During British Raj, the Ganesha festival lost state patronage and became a private family celebration in Maharashtra until its revived by Indian freedom fighter and social reformer Lokmanya Tilak,What is the difference between Ganesh Jayanti and Ganesh Chaturthi?
Ganesh Chaturthi also known as Ganesh Jayanti. Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the popular Hindu Festival celebrated in India. Ganesh Jayanti also known as Maghi Ganpati is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Ganesha in the Hindu calendar month of Magh which falls in the month of January and February.Is Ganesh Chaturthi is a Public Holiday?
Ganesh Chaturthi is not a public holiday. It is a regional holiday that is celebrated only in certain states of India such as Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh.Which States Celebrate Vinayaka Chaturthi?
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with great pomp and show in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, and Karnataka,Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Delhi, and Punjab.What are different names of Ganesh Chaturthi?
There are different regional names of Ganesh Chaturthi in various states of India. In Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, this festival is called Vinayaka Chaturthi, in Tamil Nadu it is known as Pillayar Chaturthi. In Goa it is known by Parab or Chavath. In Kerala, it is known as Lamboodhara Piranalu.Why Are Ganesha Statues Immersed in Water on the Last Day of the Festival?
Ganesh Visarjan symbolises the end of the festival, as well as indicates the birth cycle of Lord Vinayak – he was born from clay and returns to the elements in that form. This act is seen as ritual sent off to Lord Ganesh for his journey back to his home after staying with his devotees for 7 to 10 days i:e Kailash Mountains.
108 names of Ganesha exist in the Hindu scriptures...