When talking about Festivals of India, Ganesh Chaturthi is among the most celebrated festival, particularly in Maharashtra. Every year, devotees celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi to celebrate the birthday of Lord Ganesh with great devotion and enthusiasm. Not only one day, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated for 10 days, all dedicated to Lord Ganpati, the God of good fortune, prosperity, and wisdom.
-159 Days Left For Ganesh Chaturthi 2023
Also known as Vinayak Chavithi, Ganpati Chauth, Chouthi, Ganeshotsav, or Vinayak Chaturthi, this festival falls on the fourth day of Bhadrapada month, Shukla Paksha. On this day, Lord Ganesh was born to God Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Lord Ganpati is also called Vighnaharta, and hence, worshipped when starting something new, or at the time of any auspicious event like marriage, Griha Pravesh, etc.
Want to know more about this auspicious day? It’s vrat katha and how is Ganesh Puja done? Keep scrolling.
Ganesh Chaturthi Vrat Katha:
According to Hindu mythology, there are various stories attached to the festival of Ganesh Chauth. But the most relevant story is of the birth of Lord Ganesh. As per Ganesh Chaturthi vrat katha, Goddess Parvati created Lord Ganpati alone from her sandalwood paste in the absenteeism of Lord Shiva. After creating Lord Ganesh, she went for a bath and asked Lord Ganesh to guard the door and not allow anyone in. When she was away for a bath, Lord Shiva came back. When he tried to enter, Lord Ganesh didn’t allow him as per her mother’s orders and they both got in a fight. Lord Shiva got angry and beheaded Ganesha. When Goddess Parvati returned back after her bath, she saw the sight and out of anger incarnated as Goddess Kali. She threatened other Gods to abolish the world. The Gods out of fear requested Lord Shiva to get a solution and save the world from getting destroyed and calm the anger of Goddess Kali.
After this, Lord Shiva asked his followers to immediately find a child whose mother isn’t facing her child and neglecting him. He ordered them to get his head. The first child the followers saw was an elephant. And so, they did as per the orders of Lord Shiva and got the head of the baby elephant. Lord Shiva placed the head of the elephant on the body of Lord Ganesh and gave him life. When Goddess Kali saw her son, Lord Ganesh alive, her anger vanished and she turned back to Goddess Parvati. All the Gods blessed Lord Ganesh, and this day is celebrated as Ganesh Chaturthi for the same reason.
The festival was known from the day, however, it originated during the Maratha reign when Chatrapati Shivaji started celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi.
How is Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrated?
This might be surprising, but the preparations for this popular festival initiate prior to one month from the day of Ganesh Chaturthi. The festival is celebrated for 10 days that is from the fourth day of Bhadrapad Shudh to Anant Chaturdashi, which is the tenth day of the same month. On the first day, the idol of Lord Ganesh made out of clay is brought to the homes or pandals and installed after performing puja. The temples, pandals, and homes are decorated with flowers and other decoration items. For 10 days, puja and bhajans are performed as friends and families gather to celebrate and pray during the festival.
On the tenth day, the idol of Lord Ganpati is brought to the streets where people perform various dances, sing, etc. to exhibit their fervor. They finally immerse the idol of Lord Ganesh in the sea or river expressing their pleasure and offering prayers. Ganesh Chaturthi is a festival that signifies Lord Ganesh’s birth cycle. On the first day, his idol was created using clay and brought to the house. It is believed that on the first day, Lord Ganesh visits your house and stays there for 10 days. On the tenth day, the idol is immersed in a river or sea so that Lord Ganesh would return back to his house after staying at his devotee’s place where rituals were performed. It is said that the idol shouldn’t be kept for more than 10 days as humans can only bear the power that pervades from the idol for 10 days.
Sweets of Ganesh Chaturthi
During the festival, various types of authentic dishes, sweet dishes, etc. are cooked for bhog or offering like Modak, pede, Karanji, laddoo, etc. It is also believed that offering bhajans and mantras would bring life to the idol of Lord Ganesh. It is also believed that during Ganesh Chauth, Lord Ganesh visits the house of his devotees and brings good fortune and prosperity to them.
So, are you willing to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi this year? Well, start the preparations right from today as Ganesh Chaturthi 2023 would fall on 19th September 2023.
What Are Ganesh Chaturthi’s dates in 2023?
The Ganesh Chaturthi Festival in 2023 will Start on 19th September 2023. As we all know, the Ganesh Chaturthi Festival is 10 days long festival.
How Many Days Left for Ganesh Chaturthi 2023?
As per the Hindu Festival Calendar, only -159 days are left for Ganesh Chaturthi 2023.
When will be Ganesha Visarjan done?
The Ganesh Visarjan will be done on 28th September 2023.
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