The story behind Ganesh Chaturthi and why it is celebrated?
Lord Ganesha is considered as the most important god in the Hindu religion. He is the younger son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. He is known for his elephant head and can be spotted in every Hindu household – as an idol in the puja room, at the entrance of the house, on calendars and where not.
Ganesha is worshiped by all – the young and the old, the rich and the poor – to invoke blessings, wisdom and prosperity. Ganesha is known by many names. Vinayak is one among them which is known to all. Hence Ganesh Chaturthi is also referred to, by people, as Vinayak Chaturthi.
The story behind Ganesh Chaturthi
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated to recall the birth of Lord Ganesha. As per the Hindu calendar, the birth date falls on the Chaturthi (fourth day) of Shukla Paksha in the month of Bhadrapada and lasts for 10 long days ending on Ananta Chaturdashi. This year ganesh chaturthi will be celebrated from 13th September.
The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi finds its origin in the Maratha reign, with Chatrapati Shivaji starting the festival. Although there are various stories attached to his birth, the one most relevant is shared here. Goddess Parvati was the creator of Ganpati. She, in the absence of Lord Shiva, used her sandalwood paste to create Ganesha and put him to guard while she had gone for bathing. While she was gone, Lord Shiva got into a fight with Ganesha as he did not allow him to enter, as per his mother’s orders. Enraged, Lord Shiva cut off Ganesha’s head. When Parvati saw this sight, she took the form of Goddess Kali and threatened to destroy the world. This worried everyone and they requested Lord Shiva to find a solution and calm the rage of Goddess Kali. Shiva then ordered all his followers to immediately go and find a child whose mother has her back towards her child in negligence and bring his head. The first child seen by the followers was that of an elephant and they, as ordered, cut his head and brought to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva immediately placed the head on Ganesha’s body and brought it to life again. The rage of Maa Kali was calmed and Goddess Parvati was overwhelmed, once again. All the Lords blessed Ganesha and the day is today celebrated for the same reason.
Ganesh Chaturthi preparations commence from almost a month before the festival. The celebrations last for around ten days (from Bhadrapad Shudh Chaturthi to Ananta Chaturdashi). Ganpati Bappa Morya – that’s the sound that is reverberated throughout 10 days. The first day a clay idol of Lord Ganesha is installed in homes. Homes are decorated with flowers. Temples witness the visit of large number of devotees. Poojas are performed and bhajans are chanted. Often, families gather together to celebrate the festival. Localities organize and arrange for pandals and install large idols of Lord Ganesha to celebrate the festival with friends and family. On the final day of the celebrations, the idol of Lord Ganesha is taken on the streets. People exhibit their enthusiasm and joy in the form of dancing and singing on the streets along with the idol. The idol is finally immersed in the river or sea. The day witnesses a large number of devotees expressing their happiness and offering their prayers.
There are four main rituals performed during Ganesh Chaturthi:
- Pranapratishhtha – The ceremony or rite of ganpati idol sthapana.
- Shhodashopachara – 16 forms of paying tribute to Ganesha.
- Uttarpuja – This puja should be performed before immersing the Ganapati Idol in flowing water.
- Ganpati Visarjan – Immersion of Ganpati idol in the river.
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