About Ganesh chaturthi…
Vinayaka chavithi also known as Ganesh chaturthi is an Hindu festival celebrated all over the world by Hindus. It is the most loved festival specially by children and youngsters among all the festivals. This festival is celebrated grandly in different states of India. Ganesh chaturthi is celebrated as birthday of the lord Ganesha. It is believed that lord Ganesha comes to earth from kailash parvat and recieves worships of devotees for 10 days on earth. This festival comes between the month of August and September, in Bhadra month according to Hindu calendar.
History behind Ganesh chaturthi
Lord Ganesha is the son of Parvathi and Lord Shiva. There are many stories behind the birth of Ganesh but the two stories are said to be common stories.
One story says that, Maa Parvathi has created Ganesh with the dirt from her body. She created him to guard her when lord Shiva was not in at home. She said Ganesh to guard near the bath place while she was taking bath. While Ganesh was guarding his mother, lord Shiva enters the place, as Ganesh doesn’t know that Shiva is his farther he restricts him to enter the place. A fight occurs between father and son in which lord Shiva severed Ganesh head. After that Parvathi comes to know about the incident. She cries for her son and asks Shiva to make him alive. Lord Shiva sends devas in search of a child head facing north. After a long search he could only find elephant head. Lord Shiva brings elephant head and attaches it to Ganesh body and makes him alive.
The other story is said that devas come to lord Shiva Parvathi and request them to create Lord Ganesh as Vighnakarta, means creator of obstacles for saving them from rakshasas or demons.
Lord Ganesha is having 108 names like Vinayaka, Vigneshwara, Gajanana, Vighnaharta, etc.
He is also known as Ekadantha. There is a story behind this name of him. It is said that lord Ganesh used him tooth as weapon to kill a demon called Madasura.
About Ganesh chaturthi importance
Ganesh is said to be the god of prosperity, wealth, knowledge, wisdom and science. It is believed that Lord Ganesh puja should be done before starting any Kind of important work. It is also believed that if we worship lord Ganesh on Ganesh chaturthi, Ganesh will fulfill all our desires and set free from sins.
It is said that Ganesh chaturthi is celebrated since the time of Shivaji kingdom. During the India’s freedom struggle Lokmanya Tilak made the private celebration of this festival to public celebration where all people from different communities can unite together and celebrate.
In India Ganesh chaturthi is celebrated with devotion in almost all states. Majorly it is celebrated in states including Maharashtra, Telangana(Famous Ganesh idol in India.), Goa, Madhyapradesh, Gujrat and Karnataka.
About Ganesh chaturthi celebrations
Artists start making Ganesh idols few months before the festival. People start preparations from a week before the festival by building pandals and do decorations.
On this festival people buy Ganesh idol from the market and place at their home in decorated pandals and do puja. People celebrate this festival privately at their home by doing worship to Ganesh idol and also many people unite together in their street or colony and place a big idol of lord Ganesh and worship for 10 days by performing different kind of rituals.
This complete period of festival days is celebrated happily and grandly by the people, different kind of programs will be done, people sing religious songs and do dances. No matter about the age, from a child to an old person, everyone will participate in the occasion.
Ganesh idol immersion
After 10 days of festival celebrations, Ganesh idol will be immersed in the near by water ponds, lakes, rivers or a special place provided by the Government.
This day is known as immersion day and on this day roads are seemed to be full with a huge crowd of people, colorful flowers and lights and Ganesh idols from small to big size moving on decorated vehicles. People travel from their place to the immersion place with music, different kind of bands and do dances in front of the idol.
Environmental friendly celebrations
Now a days many people are preferring eco friendly idols made up of clay and are using eco friendly colors and flowers for decoration. This is a great idea by which we can cut down some amount of pollution.