Ganesh chaturthi is one of the grandest and
most elaborate festivals that Indians celebrate. Especially in the state
Why is Ganesh Chaturthi celebrated ?
Ganesh Chaturthi is the Birthday of Lord Ganesha.
Ganesh chaturthi is celebrated for 10 days. It begins on the fourth day of
shukla chaturthi and ends on the day of ananta chaturdashi.
The power of Lord Ganesha is invoked on the first
day; worshipped elaborately in decorated pandals for 9 days; and on the tenth
day he is bid farewell by immersing in water bodies.
Significance of Lord Ganesha :
Lord Ganesha is the son of Lord
Shiva, who is empowered to remove obstacles in the path of success. He is one of
the five prime Hindu deities. He is worshipped at the beginning of every major
venture. He is glorified in following vedic mantra:
Mushakavaahana modaka hastha, Chaamara karna vilambitha sutra,
Vaamana rupa maheshwara putra,Vighna vinaayaka paada namasthe
“O Lord Vinayaka! the remover of all obstacles, the son of Lord Shiva, with a
form which is very short, with mouse as Thy vehicle, with sweet pudding in hand,
with wide ears and long hanging trunk, I prostrate at Thy lotus-like Feet!”
Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations
festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated the states of Maharashtra,
Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and many other parts of India.
Started by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaja, the great Maratha ruler, to
promote culture and nationalism, the festival was revived by Lokmanya Bal
Gangadhar Tilak to spread the message of freedom struggle and to defy the
British who had banned public assemblies. The festival gave the Indians a
feeling of unity and revived their patriotic spirit and faith. This public
festival formed the background for political leaders who delivered
speeches to inspire people against the Western rule. The festival is so
popular that the preparations begin months in advance.
statues installed in street corners and in homes, and elaborate
arrangements are made for lighting, decoration, mirrors and the most
common of flowers. Pooja (prayer services) are performed daily. The
artists who make the idols of Ganesh compete with each other to make
bigger and more magnificent and elegant idols. The relevantly larger ones
are anything from 10 meters to 30 meters in height. These statues are then
carried on decorated floats to be immersed in the sea after one, three,
five, seven and ten days.
is forbidden to look at the moon on that day as the moon had laughed at
Ganesha when he fell from his vehicle, the rat. With the immersion of the
idol amidst the chanting of "Ganesh Maharaj Ki Jai!" (Hail Lord Ganesh).
The festival ends with pleas to Ganesha to return the next year with
chants of "Ganpati bappa moreya, pudcha varshi laukar ya" (Hail Lord
Ganesh, return again soon next year).
for enhancing Concentration
(on Rare Bhojpatra)
Yellow Topaz Ganesha
Lepis lazuli Ganesha