Ganapathi Bappa Moriya!
Ganesh Chaturthi is the biggest Hindu festival celebrated as Lord Ganesh’s birthday. It is the day when Ganesh Maharaj arrives and haves his favourite Undralu. We celebrate this 10-day long festival every year.
Ganesh is a long ten days Hindu festival celebrated as Ganesh’s birthday. He is the younger son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Ganesh is the lord of arts and sciences and of course, the deva of wisdom-knowledge (Gnyanpradhaatha). All the rituals or any other ceremonies are only begun with his prayers only. He is the Vigna Raja. He is considered as the obstacles creator to the rakshasas.
There are two stories behind his birthday celebrations. One is that Goddess Parvati had created Ganesha out of dirt off her body while having a bath and set him to be as the guard at her door. Ganesh unknowingly about Shiva, who comes back home stops Shiva from entering into the home. Then, Shiva turns out anger at Vinayaka and serves his head. After Parvati getting furious seeing his son’s head served by Shiva, Shiva promises to give back Ganesha’s life. On Shiva’s order, devas go in search of a head facing north of a dead person and then finds the head of an elephant. Shiva fixes elephant’s head
to Vinayaka and gives back him his life.
The other story behind Ganesh Chaturthi is that Ganesh was created by Shiva and Paravati on request of the Devas to be a vighnakartaa (obstacle creator) for rakshas and vighnahartaa (obstacle averter) to help the Devas.
And for these reasons, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated all over the India.
• The festival begins on Shukla Chaturthi and ends on the 14th day of the waxing moon period known as Anant Chaturdashi.
• People all over set up Ganesh’s idols or colourful pandals (temporary shrines) and worship Ganapathi during the festival days.
• There are four main rituals during the festival – Pranapratishhtha – the process of infusing the deity into a murti or idol, Shhodashopachara – 16 forms of paying tribute to Ganesha, Uttarpuja -Puja after which the idol could be shifted after it’s infusion, Ganpati Visarjan – immersion of the Idol in the river.
• Lord Ganesha is also worshipped in Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Nepal and China.