Information About The Ganesh Chaturthi

Today we are going to talk about Information about ganesh chaturthi. Ganesh chaturthi is a Hindu festival celebrating the arrival of Ganesha on earth from Mount Kailash with his mother Goddess Parvati. Ganesh chaturthi festival is also known as Vinayak Chaturthi. Prasad and Prasadam are distributed to the community from its pandal through daily prayers during the celebration of this festival. So let us collect a little more information about ganesh chaturthi.

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Information About The Ganesh Chaturthi

This festival is a 10 day long Hindu festival which is celebrated on the birthday of Lord Ganesha. A festival called ganesh chaturthi is celebrated all over India. Ganesh chaturthi is held on Shukla Chaturthi in Bhadrapada in the Hindu month. And ganesh chaturthi ends on Anant Chaturdashi.

This festival is widely celebrated in Maharashtra. During the celebration of the festival of ganesh chaturthi people make a special "modak'' which is considered very dear by Lord Ganesha.

On the closing day of this festival, the idol of Lord Ganesha is carried in a public procession with music and mass chanting and then the idol is dissolved in the nearby water like river or sea. Around 150,000 idols are dismantled annually in Mumbai city alone during ganesh chaturthi. During this festival Lord Ganesha is celebrated as a god of new beginnings and overcoming obstacles as well as a god of intellect.

Athletic and martial arts competitions are also held in public places during the festival of ganesh chaturthi along with reading of texts and group fisting.

History about Ganesh Chaturthi

Ancient mention of Lord Ganapati is found in Rigveda. In ancient texts like Vajsaneyi Samhita, Mahabharata and Yajnavalkya Smriti, Lord Ganapati is referred to as Vinayaka. Lord Ganesha appears in the medieval Puranas as "god of success, obstacle remover". The Narada Purana, Skanda Purana and Brahma Vaivarta Purana also highly praise Lord Ganesha.

Archaeological and sub-general evidence suggests that Ganesha became popular and that this god was worshiped before the 8th century BC and numerous images of him can be traced back to the 7th century and earlier. Also the carvings of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain temples like the Ellora Caves in the middle of the 8th century show that Lord Ganesha is revered sitting with a large Hindu goddess.

Lokmanya Tilak was the first to establish large public images of Lord Ganesha in the pavilion and other celebrations during the festival at the Bombay Presidency. Lokmanya Tilak was the first to establish large public images of Lord Ganesha in the pavilion and other celebrations during the festival at the Bombay Presidency. Making idols of Lord Ganesha before the celebration of Dhis festival in India usually begins with "Padya puja" or worship of the feet of Lord Ganesha.

Celebration of This Festival

In our country, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated at home and in public by local community groups mainly in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa and in the southern states of South Karnataka, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. 

Apart from this, this festival is celebrated by Shri Maharashtra Panchayat in Pakistan by an organization of Maharashtrians in Karachi. And this festival is also celebrated by British Hindus living there in the UK. And a festival called ganesh chaturthi is also celebrated in Canada, Malaysia, Mauritius and Singapore.

The Surprise Facts About Ganesh Chaturthi

1. It is considered inauspicious to look at the moon during the celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi. This is because according to Hindu mythology, when people celebrate the colorful celebration of this festival and smoke on delicious sweets, they have to make sure that they do not look at the moon as it is considered unfortunate to do so.

2. The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is first celebrated during the period behind the era of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. During that time Lord Ganesha was considered to be his family deity. Ganesh Chaturthi was celebrated in Pune in the 1600s during the Maratha Empire. After this the Peshwa continued to celebrate the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi.

3. Mumbai's Lalbaghcha Raja organizes a dissolution procession of India during the celebration of this festival. Locals like fishermen and sellers then promised to get a Ganapati and set up an idol of Lord Ganesha at the place to celebrate this festival.

4. Child Gangadhar Tilak started celebrating the festival in 1893 to fight against the British. In 1893, Swatantrya Lokmanya Tilak transformed the private celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi from a private celebration into a grand public event to unite India against the British.

5. Other countries like China, Thailand, Cambodia, Japan, Nepal and Afghanistan also celebrate this festival and worship Lord Ganesha. But the depiction of the celebration of ganesh chaturthi is different from the Indian incarnation in Malta to be seen from one region to another.