Ganesh Chaturthi or
Ganesh Utsav is celebrated around the globe. It is a prominent festival of
Maharashtrians and Konkani people. It is also celebrated in other parts on
Indian including south India, Gujarat and Rajasthan. Read on to know more about
the celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi.
Ganesh Chaturthi is a festival celebrated by the Hindus on
the birthday of Lord Ganesh. Though this is celebrated among the Hindus all
over the world, in India
people from all religion enjoy this festival and celebrate it with pomp and
show. The entire community participates with enthusiasm and great involvement.
The preparation for this festival starts months in advance.
The idols of different sizes and styles are made, societies start preparing for
the festival and cultural activities and competitions are also announced for
that day in schools and societies throughout India.
Story Behind Lord
Ganesh and his Head of a Baby Elephant
Lord Ganesh is a Hindu God with an elephant head. A typical
and interesting story is behind his elephant head. It is believed that once
Goddess Parvati was bathing and she created a human like creature with her
divine power and assigned him to guard on the door. In the meantime Lord Shiva
came there but Ganesh did not allow him to enter. Angry Shiva beheaded the
But in no time he came to know that he was Parvatiâ€™s son and
so he sent one of his followers to bring the head of the first living creature
he came across. The follower brought the head of a baby elephant and Shiva put
the head on and brought Ganesh back to life with his godly power.
Since then the head of Lord Ganesh is like a baby elephant
and with the blessings of Lord Shiva he is worshipped foremost of the other
Hindu Gods. This is also because the idol of Ganesh is placed in the entrance
of most temples. Even people prefer putting an image or idol in front of their
homes so that they and their families remain blessed by Lord Ganesh.
Celebration of Ganesh
Chaturthi Throughout India
Ganesh Chaturthi is not only celebrated in India but also
throughout the globe. Read on to find how Ganesh
Chaturthi is celebrated in different parts of India.
Celebration in Sarvajanik Ganesh Utsav Mandals
Each locality makes arrangements for placing an idol and
perform Pooja. People of the community
contribute for the organisation and management ofa the celebration of Ganesh
Chaturthi. There is a priest in every pandal and Aarti
is done twice a day â€“ one in the morning and one in the evening.
Offerings Made to
Special food and Prasad is prepared to offer Lord Ganesh.
Usually the Prasad is Modak, Laddus, Peras and sweets according
to the state and locality. Red flower, preferably hibiscus, sheaves of grass,
turmeric powder, vermillion and rice is offered to the deity. People wear fresh
and clean clothes and many visit the famous temples and present offerings to
Ganesh Utsav in Maharashtra
In Maharashtra, people bring home small idols of Ganesh and
worship them for 1, 5, 7 or 10 days depending on their wish. Everyday, Pooja
has to be done and Aarti is performed
twice. Idol of Lord Ganesh is placed on elevated platforms, no matter whether
the celebration is held in homes or decorated tents. This is done so that
everyone is able to see and worship God properly.
Ganesh Chaturthi in
In Karnataka, people worship Gauri,
mother of Lord Ganesh and then to the God. This festival is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi in Karnataka.
Ganesh Chaturthi in
In Gujarat the celebration continues to 10 days just like
Maharashtra and the process is also more or less the same.
Ganesh Chaturthi in
In Rajasthan the idol of Ganesh is bathed in red vermillion
and garland of flowers and Laddus are
Although Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated throughout India with great participation and enthusiasm,
in some places the importance is given to the first day while in some parts of India the last
day is celebrated with more vigor and passion.