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Sep 17th, 2015
Ganesh Chaturthi or “Vinayak Chaturthi” is unitary of the major traditional festivals celebrated by the Hindu community. The festival lasts for 10 days, ending on Ananta Chaturdashi, and is traditionally celebrated as the natal day of Lord Ganesha.
According to Hindu mythology, Lord Ganesha is the son of Shiva and Parvati. The cutest and most lovable Indian God, Ganesha or Ganpati has the mind of an elephant on which lies an elegant tiara, four podgy hands joined to a sizeable belly with each hand holding its own symbolic object. Lord Ganesha is worshipped as the god of auspiciousness and wisdom. Ganesha is the foremost deity of the Hindu pantheon. He is worshipped during every festival and before people undertake a journey or embark upon a fresh speculation.
The earliest Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations can be followed back to the times of the reigns of dynasties as Satavahana, Rashtrakuta and Chalukya. Historical records reveal that Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations were started in Maharashtra by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaja, the great Maratha ruler, to promote culture and patriotism. Bal Gangadhar Tilak, an Indian nationalist, social reformer and freedom fighter. It was Tilak, who took back the tradition of Ganesh Chaturthi and reshaped the annual Ganesh festival from private family celebrations into a grand public event.
Lokamanya Tilak realized the cultural importance of this deity and popularized Ganesha Chaturthi as a National Festival “to bridge the gap to connect all social strata.
Today, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in the states of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and many other regions of India. During the festival days, the Lord is worshipped with great veneration and prayer services are done daily. The continuance of the Lord’s stay varies from space to place; in one case the worship is complete, the statues are carried on decorating floats to be buried in the sea after one, three, five, seven and ten days. Thousands of processions converge on the beaches to immerse the holy idols in the ocean. This precision and immersion are accompanied with dancing and the sound of exciting drumbeats, devotional songs and setting off firecrackers. As the idol is immersed amidst loud chants of “Ganesh Maharaj Ki Jai!” (Hail Lord Ganesh), the festival comes to an end with pleas to the Lord to return the following year with chants of “Ganpati Bappa Morya, pudcha varshi laukar ya”. Tourists from all over the globe arrive to see this wonderful event in the sun-kissed beaches of Goa and Mumbai.
Ganesh Chaturthi is now famous all over the globe, wherever there is a presence of a Hindu community.