What is Ganesha Chaturthi ?
Ganesh chaturthi– Birthday of Lord Ganesha.. the God of Wisdom and Prosperity of Hindu mythology… son of Lord Shiva and Parvati..Ganesh chaturthi is the holy day when Lord Shiva declared his son Ganesha as superior to all gods, barring Vishnu, laxmi, Shiva, Parvati. Ganesha Chaturthi, the great Ganesha festival, also known as ‘Vinayak Chaturthi’ or ‘Vinayaka Chavithi’. It falls on the fourth day of waning moon (Krishna paksha) of bhadrapad. Lord Ganesha supposedly descends on earth and blesses his devotees on this day. Hindu sects worship him regardless of affiliations.
As it is celebrated in all over India, but more craze of this Ganesh chaturthi festival is in Maharashtra. The Mumbai Ganesh festival is one of the biggest celebrations in the city. In Mumbai and other regions of Maharashtra this Ganesh chaturthi festivals continuous for 10 days. Idols of Ganesha are installed in homes on this day. The houses are cleaned and the idol is brought in with the family members chanting ‘Shloka’ or religious verses. The seven to ten days long festival ends with the ‘Ganesh Visarjan’ where the idols are immersed in the water; it is done as a procession with millions of people. The occasion becomes very lively and enthusiastic with the devotional songs, dances and drum beats being a part of the rituals observed by the devotees of Lord Ganesha. During the immersion, huge crowds flock the beach to witness the grand Visarjan. These processions start in the morning and continue till late night.
The main sweet dish during the festival is the modak. It is made from rice flour/wheat flour with a stuffing of fresh or dry-grated coconut, jaggery, dry fruits and some other ingredients.
This celebration brings out the splendour of street life, the spirit of sharing and giving and the strength of the city’s artistic traditions.
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