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Ganesha Chaturthi in Hindu Mythology | The Advitya

by Ishan Kailani on June 17, 2023

The festival of Ganesha Chaturti is celebrated every year in India on the fourth day of the bright half of the month of Bhadrapada (August–September). This festival marks the beginning of the harvest season and is also known as Vinayaka Chaviti or Vinayaka Jayanti.

Ganesha Chaturti celebrates the birthday of Lord Ganesha Brass Murti, who is considered to be the remover of obstacles. He is worshipped as the son of Shiva and Parvati. His birth date is celebrated on the fourth day of Bhadrapada month.

The worship of Ganpati Idol begins with the Pranapratishtha, a ritual to invoke life in the idols, followed by Shhodashopachara, or the ways of paying tribute.

In addition to these two important elements—the invocation and offering of homage—Ganesh Chaturthi also has some other important ceremonies:

  • Kukkutimandapam: This is a ritual when women offer flowers to their husbands and sons; it is done on auspicious days such as Amavasya (new moon day), Sravana Purnima (full moon day), Pushya nakshatra (Rahu-Lakshmi asterism) and Vishakha nakshatra (Mrigashira asterism).
  • Mudranthi seva: People make large clay images of Lord Ganesh and then decorate them. These images are taken around during various festivals, such as Ugadi and Pongal until Dhan.

 

Ganesha Chaturthi is one of the most important Hindu festivals. It's held in honor of Lord Ganesha sculpture, the elephant-headed god, who is said to be the son of Shiva and Parvati. Ganesha Murti is often found on statues carried through the streets during this festival.

After the jubilee, the brass Ganesha idol for home are carried to original channels in huge processions accompanied by drumfires, spiritual singing, and dancing. There they're immersed, a ritual emblematizing Ganesha's homeward trip to Mount Kailas — the residence of his parents, Shiva and Parvati.

Ganesh Chaturthi is a Hindu festival that celebrates the birthday of Lord Ganesha. It is believed that Lord Ganesha was born on the fourth day of the lunar month of Shravana, which falls in August or September. The festival is observed in many parts of India, but it is particularly popular in the state of Maharashtra and the western part of India. It is also celebrated by Hindu communities all over the world with Ganesha statue.

Lord Ganesha is one of the most famous gods in Hinduism and is the most popular one. He is worshiped on most auspicious occasions in India, whether in marriage or a religious function. Lord Ganesha is the foremost God in the Hindu pantheon. Every Hindu family worships brass Ganesha idol for home before the start of any new project. They believe that Lord Ganesh is the God of wisdom and knowledge and that the project will be blessed with his divine power by worshipping him. His name is the first name in any new venture, and it is believed that the person who gives the first name will bring success to the venture.

The elephant-headed Hindu God Lord Ganesha is believed to have the power to fulfill the wishes and dreams of those who pray to him sincerely. Bhagwan Ganesh Murti has long been associated with commerce, and merchants pay homage to him every day. He is said to be the God of wisdom, intelligence, wealth, and prosperity — so commerce is an important aspect of his domain in the Hindu religion. As he is also known as the God of beginnings, it is believed that the success of new ventures can be attributed to the blessings of Ganesha statue. People offer prayers and gifts of sweets, flowers, and food to Lord Ganesha. Hindus in India also place Ganesha wall hanging on their doorways as a symbol to ward off evil.

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