Ganesha Chaturthi Biggest Festival of Maharashtra

The most famous festival in the state Maharashtra. The set of days when people worship the idol of Lord Ganesha, the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The Goddess Parvati created Lord Ganesha from her Sandalwood paste. The significance of this auspicious festival is related to birthday of the Lord Ganesha. There are number of story behind the praising of Lord Ganesha. 

Once Parvati asked him to guard the door while she was having bath, he didn’t allowed Shiva to enter. In anger for the situations, he separated his head from the body, after coming into notice Goddess Parvati ordered her keepers to search for a head but with a condition that the mother should not be facing the child, they failed to find and in the end successfully found a elephant head who was not facing his mother. From then he is praised as Lord Ganesha and each year large celebrations takes place to worship Ganesha. 

Ganesha Chaturthi Celebratration stays for the period of 10 days whereas some people even prefer it for 21 days. On the very first day the idol of Lord Ganesha is bought to the houses, temples and pandals. The idols of Lord Ganesha is craved and made beautifully by the artists and they start making the idols 4 weeks before the celebrations. The idol can be as big as 70 feet and as small as 3/4 inches in height. 

The two Marathi Chatrapati Shivaji and Bal Gangadhar bought Ganesh Chaturthi as a part of celebrations and the other one to decrease differences between Brahmins and Non- Brahmins. The celebrations goes along with the singing and dancing and chanting ‘Ganpati Bappa Moriya’. The official sweet of this festival is Modaks it is believed that it was the favourite sweet of Lord Ganesha. 

The festival comes to an end on the 10th day from Ganesha Chaturthi and the idol of Ganesha is immersed in the water wishing and praying to come back soon next year. This year Ganesha Chaturthi will be celebrated on 13th September. May god shower all the blessings on you. Happy Ganesha Chaturthi.

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