Every year, people celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi in the month of September. This festival marks the birth of Lord Ganesha. In general, this festival takes place in the month of Bhadra as per the Hindu Calendar. We celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi this year on 2nd September i.e., on Monday. In fact, Lord Vinayaka is considered the symbol of wisdom, good fortune, and luck. Apart from this name, Lord Ganesha is also called by other names such as Gajadant, Ganesh, Vinayaka, and Gajanana. Get to know the date, time, history and the significance of the festival through this post.
History of this Festival
The Goddess Parvati made Ganesha using sandalwood paste and asked him to guard while she was doing her bath. As Lord Shiva came back, Ganesha doesn't let him pass through. Out of anger, Lord Shiva cuts the head of the child. Soon after knowing the incident, Goddess Parvati was truly sad. Lord Shiva then promises that he would give life to Ganesha. He asks his followers to explore for a child's head. But, they could only find the head of a baby elephant. That's the reason Lord Ganesha has the head of an elephant alongside having a human body.
Customs and Traditions
Mostly, youth are highly excited about doing this festival in different parts of the nation. They will start making and purchasing the clay idols of Ganesha weeks before the festival. After the commencement of the festival, it is followed by a 16-step ritual namely Shodashopachara Puja. During this puja, all the offerings were placed in front of the idol.
The offerings include modak, payasam, coconut rice, shrikhand, and motichoor laddoo. Later, devotees visit temples and offer their prayers to the Lord Ganesha. This festival finishes with a ritual namely Uttarpuja. On the last day, the idols will be immersed in the sea amidst various celebrations such as singing, dance and other celebrations.
Date and Time of the Festival
Ganesh Chaturthi Festival Date: 2nd September 2019
Ganesh Visarjan Date: 12th September 2019
Ganesh Puja Timings: 11.05 AM to 1.36 PM