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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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.