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Ganesh Chaturthi

September 7

Ganesh Chaturthi, Vinayaka Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, is a major festival celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm across India, especially in Maharashtra. It honors the birth of Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed deity known as the god of wisdom, prosperity, and good fortune.

The festival typically falls in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada, which is usually between August and September, and lasts for 10 days, concluding on Anant Chaturdashi. The festivities commence with the installation of beautifully crafted idols of Ganesha in homes and grandly erected temporary structures known as pandals.

The idol is worshipped with Vedic chants, prayers, and offerings that include sweets, flowers, and other items. The sweet dish most closely associated with the festival is the ‘modak’, considered a favorite of Lord Ganesha.

One of the most significant aspects of Ganesh Chaturthi is the Ganpati procession. On the final day of the festival, the Ganesha idols are carried through the streets with much pomp and show, amidst dancing, singing, and cheering, and then immersed in a body of water, symbolizing Ganesha’s journey back to his heavenly abode, taking with him the misfortunes of his devotees.

The celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi promotes a sense of community, artistry, and devotion to one of Hinduism’s most beloved deities. The festival underscores the values of wisdom, understanding, and good fortune, which Ganesha embodies.


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