Celebration of ganesh chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi History
1. Ganesh Chaturthi is said to have been celebrated since the days of Maratha rulers Satavahana, Chalukya and Rashtrakuta. Mainly celebrated in the states of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh with a lot of zeal and splendour, Ganesh Chaturthi is the most popular festival of Maharashtra. Ganesh Chaturthi was started by Chhatrapati Shivaji as a public event to promote traditions and nationalism, this festival was even celebrated by Peshwas to worship Ganapati as their family deity. The festivities remained a family affair until the festival was revitalised by Bal Gangadhar Tilak in the late 19th Century, to take the message of freedom struggle to all Indians.

This festival brought in a feeling of unity and togetherness in Indians that helped in revival of their patriotic spirit. Through the medium of this festival he brought together all the classes of societies against British by getting rid of the caste differences. He stressed on it that Ganesh Chaturthi was a festival for everyone irrespective of the caste or class, and so he organised cultural events like dance dramas, musical nights, and religious gatherings on this festival. That was the time when social and political gatherings werent allowed by the British. Festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi that continued for ten days gave people of every religion the scope to interact and know each other. It is from that time this festival has been celebrated every year with great fervour all over the country. .....

Ganesh Chaturthi
2. Ganesh Chaturthi also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi is one of the important Hindu festivals celebrated throughout India with a great devotion. This day is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesh, the elephantheaded son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Lord Ganesh is the symbol of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune.Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated on Shukla Chaturthi of the Hindu month of Bhadra (generally falls between August and September). This festival is celebrated by Hindus with a great enthusiasm. People bring idols of Lord Ganesh to their homes and do worship. The duration of this festival varies from 1 day to 11 days, depending on the place and tradition. On the last day of the festival the idols are taken out in a colorful and musical procession and immersed traditionally in water.As per Hindu mythology Lord Ganesh is considered as OVigana HartaO (one who removes obstacles) and OBuddhi PradaayakaO (one who grants intelligence). This festival is very important for students, they worship Lord Ganesh to illumine their minds. .....
Ganeshs Birth
3. Once Lord Shiva left his usual dwelling on Mt.Kailas in the Himalayas, to meditate in one of the caves in the same mountain. Two friends of Parvati, his consort, suggested that she should have a gana attendant of their own, since they were not too happy with Shivajis ganas. Parvati agreed. Soon after, using her divine powers, she created a son, naming him Vinayak. She instructed him to guard their home.When Shivaji returned Vinayak prevented him from entering. After some bickering, Shivaji beheaded Vinayak with his trishul (trident). When Parvati heard of this she lamented intensely. Shivaji realised his error. To set things right he sent his men to the forest to fetch the head of the first living thing they met. They encountered a baby elephant and returned with its head. With his divine power, Shivaji placed the head over his sons body. Instantly Vinayak sprung to life. Henceforth Vinayak also earned the name of Gajaanan. Gaja means elephant. Shivaji blessed him with a boon that people would first worship and offer him dedication in all their auspicious activities. Those who didnt would not attain success.Bhadarva Sud 4th is the day Parvati was offering the final pujan to the dead Ganeshji, when he resurrected. .....
How to come Ganesha Festival
4. Ganesha Chaturthi is the Hindu festival celebrated on the birthday (rebirth) of Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati. It is believed that Lord Ganesh bestows his presence on earth for all his devotees during this festival. It is the day Shiva declared his son Ganesha as superior to all the gods, barring Vishnu, Lakshmi, Shiva and Parvati. Ganesha is widely worshipped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune and traditionally invoked at the beginning of any new venture or at the start of travel. The festival, also known as Ganeshutsav (festival of Ganesha) is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada, starting on the shukla chaturthi (fourth day of the waxing moon period). The date usually falls between 19 August and 20 September. The festival lasts for 10 days, ending on Anant Chaturdashi (fourteenth day of the waxing moon period).In 1893, Lokmanya Tilak transformed the annual domestic festival into a large, wellorganized public event.

Tilak recognized the wide appeal of the deity Ganesha as the god for everybody, and popularized Ganesh Chaturthi as a national festival in order to bridge the gap between Brahmins and nonBrahmins and find a context in which to build a new grassroots unity between them, and generate nationalistic fervour among people in Maharashtra against the British colonial rule.Tilak was the first to install large public images of Ganesh in pavilions, and also established the practice of submerging in rivers, sea, or other pools of water all public images of the deity on the tenth day after Ganesh Chaturthi. .....

Ganapati Vivaha (Marriage)
5. When Shiva and Parvati decided to have their sons, Kartikeya and Ganesh married, they stipulated that he who circumambulated the earth first would be considered the best deity and would be married first. Kartikeya flew off on his vehicle a peacock. Poor Ganapatis vehicle was a mouse which was no match for a peacock. Being the choicest devotee of God, Parvatiji consoling him showed Ganeshji a simpler and quicker way. She advised him to cicumambulate the cow since she also symbolically represents another earth and he had reap the same benefit as going round the earth. Another reference cites him circumambulating his parents.Consoling him, Parvati showed a short cut.

She divulged that it was ordained in the scriptures that he who offered pujan to his parents and then circumambulated them received the same merit as he who went around the earth. Ganapati hence married first showing that one who obeys the wish of the choicest devotee of God or his parents attains his desired wishes. Hence Ganeshji is invoked first in all auspicious events, rites and rituals such as marriage, opening ceremonies, groundbreaking ceremonies, yagnas and so on. The Shiva Puran cites another story. Prajapati had two daughters, Siddhi (wealth) and Buddhi (intellect). He approached Parvati and Shivaji for the girls marriage to Kartikeya and Ganeshji. However both girls wished to marry only the latter. Thus they married him. Siddhi gave birth to a son named Shubh (auspiciousness) and Buddhi to Labh (merit). Therefore when businessmen and merchants offer pujan to Ganeshji and Lakshmiji they write Shubh and Labh inside their account ledgers to invoke the two deities. .....

Sentiments
6. The first person to observe the vrat of Ganesh Chaturthi was Chandra the moon. After Ganeshjis fame as leader (pati) of Shivas ganas, hence Ganapati, he was travelling through the heavens. As he passed Chandra who prided on his attractive features, he slighted Ganeshjis peculiar form. In return, Ganeshji cursed him, You shall bear the fruit of your karma. Whenever somebody does your darshan he will be cursed too. Chandra begged for forgiveness. Ganeshji then advised him to observe the Ganesh Chaturthi vrat and was freed from the curse.By being aware of the detrimental effects of false pride one should cultivate humility. The Skanda Purana mentions this sentiment of the festival.The Vayu Puran advocates the observance of this festival by listening to the following relevant episode of Shri Krishna, to be relieved from false accusation When Shri Krishna was falsely accused of pilfering the Syamantak Mani (gem) he observed Ganesh Chaturthi and was freed from the false charge.This festival also inspires devotees to inculcate two virtues obeying the commands of God and His choicest devotee, and consolidating faith in them, just as Ganeshji had faith and trust in Parvati regarding circumambulating his parents. .....
Names of Ganeshji
7. Ekadant (onetoothed)
  • To scribe the Mahabharat Katha Ganeshji removed one of his tusks to carve a quill from it. He then scribed the epic on palm leaves as the sage Ved Vyas recited it. The scribing took three years!
  • In south India there is a belief that when ploughing first began on earth, it was Lord Ganeshji who first ploughed using one of his tusks.
  • In the Uttar Ramayan, Brahmand Puran and Padma Puran there is a reference of a battle between Ganeshji and Parshuram. During the duel, the latters axe fractured one of Ganeshjis tusks According to the Brahmand Puran, it was his left tusk.

    There are other names related to his body and virtues.
    A few commonly known are listed below

  • Lambodar from the long lambo, tummy udar.
  • Gajkarna from the large elephant Gaja ears karna.
  • Kapil from his ruddy complexion.
  • Vikat heavybodied.
  • Bhalchandra having a Chandra (moon) on his forehead bhal.
  • Dwaimatur one who has dwi two, mata mother Parvati who gave birth to him and Malini a demoness who nurtured him.
  • Vakratund one who breaks the ego of he who behaves antisocially (Vakra).
  • Vigneshwar One who removes mayic obstacles vignas. .....
  • Ganesh Chaturthi Customs
    8. Ganesh Chaturthi, birthday of Lord Ganesha, is one of the popular Hindu festivals and falls on 4th of the fortnight of Bhadrapada. This festival is observed throughout India, especially in the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh. Elephantheaded Ganesha, the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, is the god of wisdom, knowledge and prosperity. Ganesh Chaturthi being the most important of all Maharashtrian festivals is celebrated with splendour and zeal. The festival is celebrated from 510 days depending upon the family customs. All these days, puja and aarti are performed, and the devotees are offered modak (a sweet) in the form of prasad (holy offering). Many cultural activities are held during these days of festivities that add on to the enthusiasm of people. On the tenth and last day, people submerge the idols of the Lord in water, with a request to return sooner next year and a faith that he will take their every distress with him while going. .....
    Ganeshji represents auspiciousness
    9. Since Ganeshji represents auspiciousness, his whole being has symbolic imports for devotees.
    Large ears signify listening to Gods katha with great zeal.
    Small eyes to do the Lords darshan minutely.
    Large forehead to develop great intellect to realise God.
    Large stomach depicts his great capacity to empathise with the woes of devotees.
    Short legs depicts patience.
    Long trunk symbolic of his deep scriptural wisdom.
    Mouse as vehicle a hyperactive creature, symbolic of our indriyas. Therefore Ganesh sitting on such a vehicle represents a deity of control over the indriyas.
    Four arms which hold ankush symbol for control over the mind
    ladu for happiness
    pash axe to punish the indriyas and antahkaran
    ashirvad mudra blessings for the well being of humanity
    Depending on the role of Ganapati, the number of arms varies, as do the type of objects. .....
    Domestic Celebration in Maharashtra
    10. In Maharashtra, most Hindu families also install their own small clay statues for worship on Ganesh Chaturthi. As per the tradition of their respective families, the domestic celebrations come to end an end after 1,3,5,7 or 11 days when the statue is taken in a procession to a large body of water such as rivers or sea for immersion. Due to environmental concerns, a number of families now avoid the large water bodies and instead immerse the statue in a bucket or tub at home. After a few days the clay is used in the home garden. In some cities, a public ecofriendly process is used for immersion. .....
    Domestic Celebration in Andhra Pradesh
    11. In Andhra Pradesh, Clay Ganesh (Matti Vinayakudu in Telugu) and Turmeric Ganesh (Siddhi Vinayakudu in Telugu) is usually worshipped at homes along with plaster of paris Ganesha. .....
    Ganesh Chaturthi in Goa
    12. Ganesh Chaturthi is the most important festival celebrated in Goa. Observed as the birthday of the elephantgod Ganesha in the Hindu pantheon, Ganesh Chaturthi festival is marked by traditional fervor and gaiety. A festival with a panIndian spread, Ganesh Chaturthi in Goa holds the seat of preeminence among all other festivals.Also known as Chovoth, the Ganesha Chaturthi festival usually falls on the 4th day of Bhadarva ShuklaPaksh of Hindu calendar in (August/September). During the festival, pujas are offered to the idol of Ganesha along with Lord Mahadev and Gouri. On the eve of the Chovoth day, a clay idol of Ganesh is installed in a small pandal called matov made of bunches of betel nut, coconut, bananas and branches of mangotrees.Even though the religious observations are held for a couple of days, the Ganesh Chaturthi festivities may continue for 710 days. On the last day of the festival, the ritual of Visarjan takes place when the idol of Ganesh is carried in a colorful procession and is finally immersed in a water body.The Ganesh Chaturthi festival ushers in a season of joyous celebration all over Goa. Besides the religious significance, the festival is an occasion for family members to reunite and seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha. .....
    Celebrations in Tamil Nadu
    13. Tamil nadu is one of the states where ganesh chaturthi is celebrated in a grand manner.In tamil nadu ganesh chaturthi is known as vinayakachaturthi or pillayar chaturthi. It falls on the fourth day after new moon in the month of aavani.On this day ganesh idols made of clay are worshipped in all homes. It is known as kaliman pillayar.ganesh is decorated with garlands and Bermuda grass known asarukampul in tamil.Modak,ladoo and other dishes are offered to ganesha.People throng ganesh temples all day .Famous ganesh temples in state will be decked up with devotees all day . Huge ganesh idols are installed in public places in the state particularly in Chennai and the idols are not usually more than 13 feet high.Idols are usually made of clay and paper machete as plaster of paris idols are banned by the state government .In many places idols are made of coconuts and other organic products. The idols are worshipped for some days in pandals.and are immersed in the bay of Bengal the following sunday.Tamil nadu police department makes elaborate arrangements for the festival.ganesh chaturthi has become one of the major festivals in tamil nadu especially Chennai. .....
    Celebration in Kerala
    14. Kerala is a state where ganesh chathurthi is celebrated in a great pomp.It is also known as vinyakha chathurthi or lamboodhara piranalu. It falls in the mounth of chingam . People worship idols of ganesha and do milk abhishekam. Temples are very crowded and people give for nivedeyam . In each locality their would be fairs,concerts,dance and skit. In the city of thiruvanathapuram a grand procession is held from the pazhavangadi ganapathi temple to the Shankumugham beach with tall statues of ganesh made of organic items and milk which immerced into the sea. Elephant worship is done all over Kerala. In the temples peoples break thousands of coconuts for removing sins.Grand feasts are given to peoples after nivedyam. Streets are fully decorated with flowers and rangolis. .....
    Public Celebrations
    15. Public celebrations of the festival are hugely popular, with local communities (mandalas) vying with each other to put up the biggest statue and the best pandal. The festival is also the time for cultural activities like singing and theater performances, orchestra and community activities like free medical checkup, blood donation camps, charity for the poor, etc.Today, the Ganesh Festival is not only a popular festival, it has become a very critical and important economic activity for Mumbai, Pune, Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai. Many artists, industries, and businesses survive on this megaevent. Ganesh Festival also provides a stage for budding artists to present their art to the public. In Maharashtra, not only Hindus but many other religions also participate in the celebration like Muslims, Jains, Christian and others. In Mangalore, there is a belief that the eldest son of the home should be present during pooja. .....
    Outside India
    16. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in the UK by the migrant Hindu population as well as the large number of Indians residing there. The Hindu culture and Heritage Society, UK a Southall based organisation celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi for the first time in London in 2005 at The Vishwa Hindu Temple. The Idol was immersed in the river Thames at Putney Pier. Another celebration organised by an Gujarati group has been celebrated in the SouthendonSea which attracts over 18000 devotees.Annual celebrations also take place on the River Mersey at Liverpool.The festival is similarly celebrated in many locations across the world. The Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh USA, an organisation of Hindus based in the US organises many such events to mark the Hindu festivals.In USA, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated by various associations of people from India. (Various Indian Associations of North America and in Temples across USA.)The Philadelphia Ganesh popularly known as PGF is the largest Sarvajanik (fully contributed by public funds) Hindu festival in North America. Since 2005 the festival is conducted every year in Bharatiya Temple, Chalfont, Pennsylvania. The 10 days are marked by processions, devotional programs, cultural events, India filmiorchestra and a weekend carnival. While the Marathi community plays a big role in organising the festival, participation from all communities such as Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, North Indian, Bengali etc. is seen as the reason for its success and uniqueness. .....
    Ganesh Chaturthi In India
    17. Ganesh Chaturthi was started by Chhatrapati Shivaji, the great Maratha ruler, in order to spread traditions and nationalism. It was later revitalised by Lokmanya Tilak (a freedom fighter) to make his message of freedom struggle reach the public. Ganesh Chaturthi did unite Indians leading to revival of patriotism. Since then, this festival is celebrated with brilliance, and the preparations for it begin a month prior to the festivities. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated on the Chaturthi or the 4th day of the fortnight, as per the Hindu lunar month of Magh, as Lord Ganeshas birthday. Modak are distributed on this day and people have them before the meal. Idols of Ganapati, placed at homes, pandals and temples are offered milk and puja as per customs is performed. These festivities are performed from five to ten days depending upon the traditions of family. This festival is mostly celebrated in the Indian states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Goa. .....
    Environmental impact
    18. The most serious impact of the festival on the environment is due to the immersion of idols made of Plaster of Paris into lakes, rivers and the sea. Traditionally, the idol was sculpted out of mud taken from nearby one home. After the festival, it was returned to the Earth by immersing it in a nearby water body. This cycle was meant to represent the cycle of creation and dissolution in Nature.However, as the production of Ganesh idols on a commercial basis grew, the earthen or natural clay (shaadu maati in Marathi and banka matti in Telugu) was replaced by Plaster of Paris. Plaster is a manmade material, easier to mould, lighter and less expensive than clay. However, plaster is nonbiodegradable, and insoluble in water. Moreover, the chemical paints used to adorn these plaster idols themselves contain heavy metals like mercury and cadmium, causing water pollution. Also, on immersion, nonbiodegradable accessories that originally adorned the idol accumulate in the layers of sand on the beach. .....
    Ganesh Chaturthi Dry Fruits
    19. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha, who is worshipped foremost among all Gods. Also famed as Vighnaharta, this god of wisdom, knowledge and prosperity is believed to take all the hardships of a person with him while going. This festival is celebrated with huge pomp and show. It continues from 510 days, the festivities are grand and involve meeting and greeting people. People gift sweets, gold or silver, flowers, clothes as well as dry fruits to their loved ones on this auspicious occasion. Dry fruits are wonderful as gifts on any festival. Since this festival includes fasting and feasting, dry fruits can be incorporated in both of them. Also, they last long and can be an ideal gift that you can send to your loved ones through our online gifting portal in an easy and affordable way. .....
    Ganesh Chaturthi Gadgets & Gizmos Gifts
    20. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati. Its believed that on this very day Ganesha was declared superior to all the gods by Lord Shiva and that is why Ganesha is worshipped before all the gods and even before starting something new. And during the festivities, everyone wishes each other and gifts are exchanged, which now have become an inseparable part of every festival. But of all the gifts, gadgets and gizmos remain the most useful gifts in this technology overrated world. These are apparently loved and used by people of every age group. Since this festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most cherished festivals, the gifts presented to your near and dear ones on this occasion must be special. Mentioned below are some of the gadget and gizmo options that you can consider gifting your family and friends. .....
    Ganesh Chaturthi Handbag & Wallets Gifts
    21. Ganesh Chaturthi, birthday of Lord Ganesha, is one of the popular Hindu festivals that are observed throughout India, especially in the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh. Elephantheaded Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati, is considered as the God of wisdom, knowledge and prosperity. Ganesh Chaturthi being the most important of all Maharashtra festivals is celebrated with splendour and zeal. The festival is celebrated from 510 days depending upon the family customs. All these days, puja and aarti are performed, and the devotees are offered modak in the form of prasad (offering). Many cultural activities are held during these days of festivities that add on the enthusiasm of people. On the tenth and last day, people submerge the idols of the Lord in water, with a request to return sooner next year and a faith that he will take their every distress with him while going. The enthusiasm of this festival increases when the gifts are exchanged. You can find a lot of gifting options on this online gift portal, handbags and wallets being one of them. .....
    Ganesh Chaturthi Jewellery Gifts
    22. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated as the birthday of Ganapati, the elephantheaded god. Preparations for this festival begin months prior to the festival. The skilled artisans create the idols of Ganapati, big or small, and in various poses. Lord Ganesha, the god of wisdom, prosperity and knowledge is believed to remove all obstructions from ones life. Ganesh Chaturthi being the most popular of all Maharashtra festivals is celebrated with splendour and zeal. The festival is celebrated for five, seven or ten days depending upon the family customs. Many cultural activities are held during these days of festivities that add on to the charisma of the festival. On the tenth and the last day, devotees submerge the idols of the Lord in water, with an earnest request to return sooner next year. The festivals essence lies in meeting and greeting every near and dear one distribution of gifts is also involved. For those loved ones who are not able to catch up with you on this festive occasion, send them the suitable gifts from this online gift portal jewellery being one of them. .....
    Ganesh Chaturthi Sweets
    23. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the god of wisdom, knowledge and prosperity. Falling in the month of August September as per Gregorian calendar, this festival is celebrated with great gusto. And as India is a land of festivals and festivities are considered incomplete without the mention of sweets. Lord Ganesha is known for his fondness of sweets, his favourite being Modak. There are a lot of sweets made on this auspicious occasion. Devotees offer sweets and milk to the lord on this day. The sugary delights that increase the flavour of the festival includes Besan Ke Laddu, Motichoor Ke Laddu, Kaju Ke Barfi, Puliyodarai, Karanji, Puran Poli Modak, Rawa Ladoo and Moong Dal Ka Halwa, that you can send to your loved ones as gifts through this online gift portal. .....
    Ganesh Chaturthi Gift Hampers
    24. Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi is a Hindu festival of Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati. This day is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha. Its believed that on this very day Shiva declared Ganesha superior to all the Gods. Since then he is worshipped as the God of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Ganeshotsav, usually falls in the month of August September. Huge festivities, feasts and gettogethers are involved, pujas are organised at homes, temples and pandals. On the final day, the worshippers bid adieu to the Lord with a request to return soon next year. This ceremony of immersion of idol of Ganapati takes place with huge processions and people dancing to the tunes of devotional songs. People wish each other on this auspicious occasion and gifts are exchanged. Here, on this online gift portal, we avail you numerous gifting options, Gift Hampers being one of them. You can present your loved ones with a combination of things, nicely jacketed. Mentioned below are few of the gifting ideas for this Ganesh Chaturthi. .....
    Ganesh Chaturthi Clothing And Apparels Gifts
    25. Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most important festivals of India and is celebrated with great fervour and joy all over the country, but in Maharashtra with utmost devotion and enthusiasm. At this time, every nook and corner of it comes alive with festive atmosphere. People wait throughout the year for this grand festival. They decorate pandals and bring life size idols of Lord Ganesha and worship on a grand level. Also, the houses are decorated with lights, flowers and rangolis are made in front of the entrance to welcome Lord Ganesha. Hence, the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha is rejoiced with great gusto and at the time of special puja, He is offered favourite sweets which include modaks, laddus, puran poli, etc. In addition to this, people exchange exciting and attractive gifts. Read to know more about Ganesh Chaturthi clothing and apparels gift ideas. .....
    Ganesh Chaturthi Chocolates
    26. Lord Ganesha is one of the most important holy deities in the Hindu religion. Ganesh Chaturthi is rejoiced as the birthday of Lord Ganesha on the 4th day of bright half of the Bhadrapada. People bring clay idols of Lord Ganesha home and perform special puja and aarti, offer modaks and laddus as prasad and observe fast. On the last day of this festive time, the idols of Lord Ganesha are taken in a grand procession to be immersed in water. This procession is accompanied by fireworks, beating drums, reciting Lord Ganesha bhajans, and dances in groups. At the time of immersion people say, Ganpati Bappa Morya, Purchya Varshi Laukariya (O Lord Ganesha, come again early next year). In addition to this, people exchange exciting gifts, among which chocolates are the popular favourites, to send their warm wishes to their near and dear ones. Read to know more about chocolate presents for Ganesh Chaturthi. .....
    Ganesh Chaturthi Flowers
    27. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated all over India with great fervour and happiness as the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha and the preparation for it begins a month before. People decorate their houses with decorative lights, flowers and by making rangolis to welcome Lord Ganesha on this earth. Also, they observe fast and bring home the clay idol of Lord Ganesha, perform the puja and aarti, in the morning and in evening. Lord Ganesha is worshipped before all god and goddesses. On this day, people also exchange gifts and send warm wishes to everyone. So, this year send cordial wishes to your near and dear ones by sending them a very alluring bouquet or a basket of roses, lilies, gerberas, carnations, etc. and make them smile. Read to know more about Ganesh Chaturthi flowers. .....
    Ganesh Chaturthi Aarti
    28. Jai Ganesh Deva Aarti
    Jai ganesh jai ganesh jai ganesh devaMata jaki parvati, pita mahadeva Eka danta dayavanta, char bhuja dhariMathe sindura sohe, muse ki savariJai ganesh jai ganesh jai ganesh deva.Andhan ko aankh deta, kordhina ko kaya
    Banjhan ko putra deta, nirdhana ko maya Jai ganesh jai ganesh jai ganesh deva.Paana chadhe, phoola chadhe, aur chadhe mevaLadduan ka bhoga lage, santa karen seva Jai ganesh jai ganesh jai ganesh deva.

    Ganesh Chaturthi Aarti

    Shendur lal chadhayo achchha gajmukhko, dondil lal biraje sut gauriharko Hath liye gudladdu sai survarko, mahima kahe na jay lagat hoo padko. Jai jai shri ganraj vidhyasukhdata, dhanya tumara darshan mera man ramata Ashto siddhi dasi sankatko bairi, vignavinashan mangal murat adhikari Koti surajprakash aisi chhabi teri, gandasthala madmastak jhoole shashihari.
    Jai jai shri ganraj vidhyasukhdata, dhanya tumara darshan mera man ramata Bhavbhagat se koi sharanagat ave, santat santat sabhi bharpur pave Aise tum maharaj moko ati bhave, gosavinandan nishidin gun gave.Jai jai shri ganraj vidhyasukhdata, dhanya tumara darshan mera man ramata. .....

    Ganesh Chaturthi Cards
    29. Ecards
    A lot of websites have come up that facilitate you with a wide and exclusive variety of ecards for nearly every occurrence. Indeed its a great benefit for this net savvy generation who can avail these greetings free of cost, and convey their wishes free of cost. Cards for religious festivities can also be found on the internet. You can wish your loved ones by sending latest and beautiful ecards from the huge collection on Ganesh Chaturthi. Express your sincere greetings with justaclick, spread happiness on this joyous occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi.

    Homemade Greeting Cards
    Nothing is more special than a greeting that has a personal touch to it. Homemade gifts are always valued for they display the affection and love of the sender. Apart from being an economical way for sending your wishes, homemade cards are more appealing. You can draw/sketch or make it special by decorating it with the images of Lord Ganesha. Write a message along with the wishes of the festive occasion. Put it in an attractive handmade envelope and there you are, ready to send your genuine wishes.

    Gift Galleries
    The easiest way you can convey your wishes is by purchasing a greeting card for your near and dear ones. Greeting cards for every occasion are available at reasonable prices in local gift shops. For those who lack time, wishing your dear ones in this way is the best option. You will mostly find a card with a message you want to express, in such card galleries. If thats not the case, you can even pen down your wishes on the greeting card itself. A personal touch to the greeting would always make your wishes sound special. .....

    Ganesh Chaturthi Decorations
    30. Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the significant festivals of India and is rejoiced with great fervour and joy amongst the Hindus. It is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha, though mainly in the regions of Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. During this festive occasion, people clean their houses and decorate them with fresh flowers, rangolis, ethnic paper lanterns, decorative lights, etc. and welcome Lord Ganesha to their houses with great pomp and happiness. Also, the pandals are decorated on a grand level where people come in large groups, wearing new clothes, to worship Lord Ganesha. For placing the idol of the god, special .....
    Ganesh Chaturthi Fast
    31. Worshipped foremost among all the Gods, Lord Ganesha is known as the god of wisdom, knowledge and peace. Also known as Vighnaharta, Ganesha is believed to take all the hardships with him while going. Worshipping him accomplishes every desire of a devotee. It is alleged that Sri Ganesha was fond of the date Chaturthi (fourth), and that is the reason the fast on Ganesh Chaturthi is practiced on this date. Its also said that the moon on the Chaturthi is not considered good. The person observing the fast on this festival shouldnt at all see this inauspicious moon till the fast is in effect. One, who has kept the fast, should worship the moon without looking at it on this day. .....
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    32. Once upon a time, Goddess Parvati while taking bath created a boy from the dough that she used for her own bath, and infused life into it. Thus Ganesha was born. She asked him to be on the entrance of the house to keep a guard. She told him not to permit anyone to enter the house while she was taking bath. After sometime, Lord Shiva who was very thirsty came there but was stopped on the gate by Ganesha. After a little argument, Lord Shiva asked him to let him go inside but Ganesha refused and said that mother has asked to safeguard the house. Lord Shiva tried to explain that he was the husband of Goddess Parvati and had a right to enter the house without anyones permission, but Ganesha did not allow him to get inside.This made Lord Shiva very angry and he cut off the head of Ganesha with his trident as he did not know that Ganesha was his son. When Parvati came out after hearing the noise, she saw that her son lay dead. She told the story to Lord Shiva and in her anger, told Lord Shiva that she will destroy the complete world. Afterwards, Lord Brahma went to Goddess Parvati seeking for mercy to protect the world from destruction. Then, she agreed on two conditions one that her son should get back her life and the next he will be worshipped before all the gods and goddesses.Furthermore, she asked Lord Shiva to fix the head of her son. He then told that whichever living being he will see in the first sight its head will be taken to fix it on the body of Ganesha.

    Then he, with Lord Vishnu, came on the earth and at first he saw a small elephant. Hence, Lord Shiva cut off the head of the elephant and fixed it on the body of Lord Ganesha, thereby bringing him back to life. Lord Shiva apologized for his misbehaviour and arrogance and announced that Lord Ganesha will be honoured by everyone as the first god and will be worshipped before all the god and goddesses. He will be known as Ganesha, the chief of the Ganas and Vigneshwara, Lord of all obstacles and Vighnaharta, demolisher of all obstacles. Also, Lord Ganesha is denoted as the god of good luck, wisdom, knowledge, and kindness. In addition to this, Lord Ganesha is worshipped before starting any good work including studies, marriage, business, etc. .....

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    33. According to the Hindu mythology and religious beliefs Lord Ganesha symbolises good luck and wisdom. This is why he is worshipped first before starting any good work. On the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, people bring the idols of Lord Ganesha home to take the blessings in the form of good luck, intelligence, prosperity and good health. They perform the pooja, observe fast and say thanks by paying homage and celebrating Lord Ganesha coming to their place. People eagerly wait for this occasion the whole year so that they can be present at the service of Lord Ganesha and apologise for the mistakes which they have committed. They also make promises to follow the path of honesty and kindness and to serve the mankind. There are various legends related to the celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi and people have great belief on these religious stories. .....
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    34. According to the Hindu religion, there is a myth which tells that anyone who sees the moon on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi will be accused of doing something wrong. If by mistake a person sees the moon then there is only one solution to keep the troubles away and that is, by reciting or listening to the story of the syamantaka jewel which is there in the Puranas. In the very famous legend related to Lord Ganesha, the basis of this myth has been mentioned and explained. Lord Ganesha, the God of good fortune, wisdom, intelligence and prosperity, on one of his birthdays, ate large amount of 21 types of sweets including laddus, modaks and sweet porridge made by his mother, Goddess Parvati. He, after eating, went for a nightly round on his vehicle rat but suddenly a snake came in front of the rat and was scared to see it. After this, the rat stumbled and Lord Ganesha fell down and all the sweets came out from his potbelly as it burst. Then quickly Lord Ganesha put all the sweets inside his belly and tied that snake around his belly as a belt. At that time, he heard the voice of laughing and when he looked up, he saw that the moon was mocking at him. Seeing this, he became very angry and broke off one of his tusks and threw it at the moon. Also, he cursed the moon saying, that whoever will see the moon on the festive occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, will be blamed of a wrong doing. Even today the myth has survived and people avoid looking at the moon on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. .....
    Ganesh Chaturthi Pooja
    35. Ganesh Chaturthi, the major Ganesha festival also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chavithi is celebrated with great enthusiasm by the Hindus. This festival is not only rejoiced greatly in India but is also celebrated in the foreign countries in pure Indian manner. Ganesh Chaturthi falls in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada, usually in between the months of August and September, according to the Gregorian calendar.

    This grand festive occasion lasts for ten days with the grandest celebrations held in Maharashtra, Goa and Andhra Pradesh. These states in particular are popularly known for the exclusive splendour with which the festival comes to life. During the ten days of festival, people sing Ganesha songs, dance, burst crackers, perform traditional rituals, observe fasts, wear new clothes and decorate their houses. However, its the Pooja (ritualistic worshiop) which is the most important aspect of the festival. People perform this special pooja of Ganesh Chaturthi with proper rituals and pure heart and mind. Read to know how to perform Ganesh Chaturthi Pooja in a complete and traditional manner. .....

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