India is home to many festivals. Among all the important festivals there is a festival which is of great importance in India called Ganesh Chaturthi. This festival is a Hindu religious festival. This festival is known as lord Shree Ganesha’s birthday which is named Ganesh Chaturthi according to Hindu mythology. People from all over the country wait a whole year to celebrate Lord Ganesha’s birthday. On this day every year, various famous temples of lord Ganesha’s are decorated beautifully, with Flowers, balloons, ribbons, and with many other beautiful decorating items. This festival is celebrated all over the country but Maharashtra is the state where this festival is celebrated with utmost importance and with great enthusiasm.
God Ganesha is known as the “Vighnaharta Shree Ganesha” which means removal of all obstacles according to Sanskrit. Devotees of Lord Ganesha believe that Lord Ganesha comes every year with the delightful light of success and prosperity in their lives on this day. In Maharashtra especially, every family welcome lord Shri Ganesha in their home with a strong belief that he will Spark their lives with colors of Joy and prosperity by reducing the struggles indulging in their lives. This festival is celebrated for whole 11 days and in these 11 days, all the devotees of Lord Shri Ganesha come together to celebrate this festival with a spirit of brotherhood. So indirectly this festival also spreads unity and dignity to the people of the country.
Ganesh Chaturthi Historical of the festival
According to Hindu mythology once all the lords of heaven requested lord shiva and goddess Parvathi to create something which can remove all the obstacles from the life of people of a good mindset and can create obstacles for demons. Then according to the wish of all the lords of heaven Shivji granted a bow to the universe that when the correct time will come there will be a lord name Vighnaharta Shree Ganesha who will be known for removing all the obstacles from the life of his devotees.
At last Mata Parvati, one day created the statue of a child with the paste of turmeric and mustard seeds which is known as ‘Uptan’ in India. When she completed the statue she gifted life to the statue with her magical powers and named this male child Ganesh. recording to this history from Hindu mythology lord Shree Ganesha is known as the son of Shiva and Parvati. If we see historically this festival has gained its popularity from the time of king Shivaji. It was the time of India’s freedom struggle. Previously this festival was celebrated privately somehow but at the time of India’s freedom struggle, Lokmanya Tilak converted the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi into a public celebration festival.
Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations
Usually, the celebrations of this festival begin one month before the upcoming of the festival. People create different sizes of statues of lord Ganesha with clay and color them with beautiful colors if they wish to do so. People clean their homes hygienically before they bring the idol of Lord Shree Ganesha with the hope that lord Ganesha will bring happiness to their life and family. People decorate their home beautifully and the duration of the festival age of eleven days after the 11 days people send lord Ganesha to their home with a hope that he will come again the very next year by singing so many bhajans of Lord Ganesha.
So many panels of Lord Ganesha are made by the local community of people on end roads and cross-sections in terms of public celebrations. In different sections of India, people celebrate this festival differently with slightly different rituals according to their background. People offer flowers, lord Ganesha. People also worship God with lots of sweets like laddu and Modak as offerings to the god. At last with the decoration of the Puja thali, people begin to sing aarti in the evening with their family and friends in the honor of Lord Ganesha’s birthday. After the completion of aarti, sweets are distributed as ‘Prasad’ among the devotees of Lord Ganesha.
This festival ends with the return of Lord Ganesha to Kailash mountain where the mother and father of Lord Ganesha live and it symbolizes the house of lord Ganesha. Devotees of Lord Ganesha drop lord Ganesha’s idol into the nearest water resources which somehow indirectly pollutes the water bodies. This ritual is identified as the visarjan. This visarjan implies the elimination of all boundaries and difficulties from a person’s life. Even although the competition is an age-old tradition, human beings have now started checking the have an impact this ritual has on the environment. The visarjan pollutes the oceans and rivers and the submersion of non-eco-friendly idols has been checked rigorously.
This opposition is moreover substantially celebrated in many states of Tamil Nadu, Goa, and many more other states. People praise lord Ganesha and wish for his upcoming to next year with lots of joy and prosperity. Devotees of Lord Ganesha send him back with joy, happiness, hope and by performing so many rituals and singing devotional artis and songs. In the conclusion, we can say that people celebrate this festival of Ganesh Chaturthi in the wish that Lord Ganesha will remove any difficulty and obstacle from the path of their life and success. People on this day hail Lord Ganesha by saying ‘Ganpati Bappa Moriya and also chant various mantras of lord Ganesha to welcome him in their home.
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