The Ganesha Chaturthi is one of the best religious festivals in Sanatana Dharma. All Hindus celebrating this day by worshipping their most popular deities Lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha is worshipped as the god of wisdom and prosperity.
Celebrating Date & Time
As per the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada, starting on the Shukla Chaturthi (fourth day of the waxing moon). That the date will normally fall between August 19th and September 20th. In the current year 2021, this festival has to be observed on the 10th of September.
As per Hindu keeping time, the period from sunrise to sunset is divided into five equal parts. These are known as Pratahkala, Sangava, Madhyahna, Aparahna and Sayankal. In the time of Madhyahna part of the day is calculated the most appropriate time for the Ganapati Sthapana and Puja on Ganesha Chaturthi according to the Vedic astrology. The most appropriate timing for the Shubh Muhurath is until 11:03 am and 1:33 pm. It is forbidden to see the moon on this day.
Celebrating Ganesha Chaturthi
Ganesha Chaturthi starts with the placing of idols of Lord Ganesha on a raised well-decorated platforms at home and puja pandals. People worship Lord Ganesha with offerings of flowers, sandalwood paste, sweets & fruits. And prays to god for maintaining their happiness, prosperity and wisdom. Fans of god-like to offer sweets known as a laddu, because laddu is a favourite of Lord Ganesha.
It is a universal festival. Across India celebrated this festival, but most popular in the west, south-west India. The highest circulation is seen in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Goa. Mumbai metropolitan city of India Maharashtra is very popular of the Ganesh Mahotsav. During the festival, the whole city is illuminated by well-decorated pandals and lighting. Siddhi Vinayaka temple is the most popular temple of Lord Ganesha in Mumbai. In other countries Mauritius, Sri Lanka is also celebrating this festival.
After ten days, the festival comes to an end. It’s also known as ‘Anant Chaturdashi’. The festival concludes with the abandonment of the idols of Lord Ganesha after the huge procession.
History of Ganesha Chaturthi
Lord Ganesha son of Lord Shiva & Goddess Parvati. Ganesha Chaturthi is the birthday of Lord Ganesh as per the Hindu tradition. Ganesh also is known by the names Vinayaka, Ganapati, Ekadanta. The festival was revived by the great nationalist Bal Gangadhar Tilak in the year of 1982.