Ganesh Chaturthi is the most favorite and highly preferred festival of the Hindu religion. It is also called as Vinayakar Chaturthi in Southern part of India. This day is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesh, the elephant-headed son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi and brother of Karthikeya (Lord Muruga).

There is a historical story which describes Lord Ganesha’s intelligence and presence of mind in his competition with Karthikeya to be the first to marry. They set up a challenge that whoever could first encircle the Earth would also find a bride first. Not wasting a second, Karthikeya immediately shot off around the world. Ganesha on the other hand, casually move round his parents’ house and won the game.

 

Lord Ganesh is considered as symbol of wisdom and good fortune.

It is celebrated all over the country with full devotion and joy. He is also one of the lovely Gods for all children.

Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated every year in the month end of August or month beginning of September.

The festival is celebrated for 10 days with different Poojas.

Lord Ganesh is considered as god of beginnings.

People believe that once if we start a work after worshipping Lord Ganesha, it will be ended with a greater success. He is the remover of obstacles and all the problems as well as creator of happiness in the life of people.

SWEET RECIPES:

Lord Ganesha loves sweets. Among the sweets category modaks and ladoos are the two favourites. On the day of Vinayakar Chaturthi celebration sweet preparation is one of the major tasks for womens.

They woke up early in the morning and started to prepare the sweets. ‘Modak’ is a dumpling of wheat flour or rice flour stuffed with jaggery, dry or fresh grated coconut and other condiments. This is fried or steamed. The word ‘modak’ implies ‘that brings happiness’. Children’s are involved in preparation of sweets for Lord Ganesha.

GANESH CHATHURTHI CELEBRATION AT HOME:

Prior to Ganesh chaturthi festival, clay idols of Ganesha are specially prepared; this work will be started a month ago for the preparation of huge idols.

After the completion of an exact perfect shape of idols, they started the painting work. Most people install small clay statues for periods varying from two days to eleven days.

      During the period when the idol of Ganesha is installed in a home, every morning and evening      prayers (Aarti) are performed followed by bajans.

 They worshipped Lord Vinayaka by offering flowers and sweets.

The singing of bajans is a popular event during this festival, children’s also involved in this prayer meeting. After this prayer sweets will be distributed to everyone.

CELEBRATIONS IN PUBLIC PLACES:

Vinayakar chaturthi becomes more  popular because of public celebrations. Mostly public festival celebrations are organized by local youth groups, neighborhood associations or groups.Funds for the public festival are collected from members of the association arranging the celebration, local residents and businesses.Common people also actively lend some amount for the celebration.

The Ganesh idols are made up of coconuts and other organic products. The Ganesha idols and accompanying statues are installed in temporary shelters, known as mandaps or pandals. They will conduct cultural activities such as singing, theater and orchestral performances and community activities such as free medical checkups, blood-donation sites and donations to the poor. Members of other religions also participate in the celebration.

 The festival ends with the ceremony of immersion of the idols in the sea or rivers and wells.

This ceremony which is called Ganesha-Visarjan which means immersion of Ganesha is as popular as the festival proper.

During the immersion ceremony huge crowds move in a procession carrying idols of Ganesha towards the sea.

This festival takes place with great enthusiasm and shouting slogans of Lord Ganesha.

It begins in the afternoon and continues till the late hours of the night.

People actively participate with great joy and they walk along with the crowd.This festival is observed in all parts of the country and many regions consider this occasional day as regional holiday.

                                                              Jai Ganesh!