Ganesha Chaturthi A Famous Festival of India

Ganesha Chaturthi is a holy festival which sums up all music, dance, celebrations and religious practices. The festival is celebrated as a worship and prayer to the Lord Ganesha, the son of extremely powerful shiva and Parvati. The festival is celebrated by the Hindus living in various parts of the country and even in other foreign countries.

 But the true colour of the festival is seen in the state of Maharashtra. The festival was celebrated firstly there by the Maratha ruler Chatrapati Shivaji and later on after 1880 Bal Gangadhar Tilak celebrated the festival and organized the Ganpati Pandal to decrease the differences between Brahmins and Non- Brahmins. From then onward the Festival of Ganesha Chaturthi is one of the famous festival of the state Maharashtra.

The festival is celebrated for a long period of 10 days where some people even continue this for a period of 21 days. The idols of Ganesha made up of clay and soluble materials are made and bought at the houses and pandals on the very first day. The rituals and religious rites are then performed and this continues with group chanting which gives the immense religious experience. The idol of Ganesha are made excellently by the artists in a beautiful way. They are available in different sizes which may vary from 3/4 inches to 70 feet.

During the festive and celebrations day many competition are held to dig out the best Pandal of the area. The Pandals are beautifully decorated and it’s quite amazing to see. On the 10th day of the celebration the times of bidding a goodbye to the Ganesha comes. People bring the idols out of there houses and pandals with group of people chanting Ganpati Bappa morya along with music and dance. The idol of Ganesha is then immersed in water by wishing to come back soon another year. 

The festival is all about enjoying, dancing and singing. It comes with a spark of joy and often make people sad when they immerse the idol of Ganesha but it rise the hope of coming again next year. Have a good time with your family and friends. 

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