Ganesha Chaturthi Holy Festival of India

The Hindu festival which is celebrated in the name and worship of Lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha, the god of fortune, wisdom and good will. It is believed by the Hindus that it is mandatory to pray and worship to Lord Ganesha before starting or beginning a new work or new phase. The festival is a Hindu festival which is celebrated in each states in one or the other manner. The festival is predominately one of the major festival celebrated in Maharashtra. 

The festival is celebrated for a period of 10 days where the first day the beautiful idol of the Lord Ganesha is bought to houses or pandals to worship. The idol is worshiped by chanting vedic and holy chanting from the religious book. The idol is immersed in the river, pond and people chants religious sayings and wish to the Lord to arrive next year soon. The immersion of the idol is compulsory. The artist start working on making beautiful idols for worshiping month from Ganesha Chaturthi and they are available in different styles and sizes.

The origin of celebrations includes the two great men from different period of time. In older days the Maratha ruler Chatrapati Shivaji started celebrating Ganesha Chaturthi in India  Maharashtra. After that Bal Gangadhar Tilak started organizing the Ganesha pandal to end the differences between Brahmins and Non- Brahmins. The festival is therefore the major festival celebrated by Hindus in Maharashtra. 

The specialties of this festival are huge pandals, group chanting of Aarti, making of the sweets and specially Modaks. The huge pandals are set up to celebrate the festival and competitions are held to find the best idol and pandal of the celebrations. Above all the dancing and singing are one of the most attracting thing to notice during the celebration. The Marathi dhol can give you goosebumps and you won’t be spared to dance and feel it. 

The history of this celebrations is all about when Goddess Parvati asked her son Ganesha whom she created by her sandalwood paste to guard the door while she was bathing. Lord shiva asked him to let him go, but being a obedient child he denied. Lord shiva cut off his head, after knowing this Parvati asked to make her son alive, they searched for a human head but failed to do so as there was a condition that the son should not be facing his mother. They found a elephant head and therefore Lord Ganesha is elephant headed and praised for the good fortune and goodwill.

In 2018 Ganesha Chaturthi will be celebrated on 13th September and will be celebrated by all the Hindus in one or the other way nation wide. The festival is also celebrated by the Hindus living in other foreign countries like Canada, Mauritius etc.

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