“Ganesha Chaturthi” is India’s one of the most sacred Hindu festivals, every year we celebrate this 10-day long festival. We celebrate the birth of Lord Ganesha – the Supreme God of Wisdom and prosperity. And this year 25th August marks the beginning of this vibrant festival. But how many of you know about the history of this grand festival and why and how it is celebrated in the Western part of India? So here are some quick facts about“Ganesha Chaturthi- Western India’s most vibrant festival”, come let’s find out!
- Ganeshotsav, Vinayak Chaturthi, Ganesha Chaturthi, this vibrant festival of India has different names. Although this festival is celebrated throughout India with the same enthusiasm in the Western parts of India like Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Goa the festivities of Ganesha Chaturthi is more elaborated.
- It is believed that Lord Ganesha was born on the fourth day of waxing moon period (Chaturthi) so the festival starts on the fourth day of the bright fortnight of the Hindu lunar month of Magh. So this festival is dedicated to worship of Lord Ganesha on his born day.
- And this 10-day long festival ends on the 14th day of waxing moon period (Ananth Chaturdashi).
- Months prior to this grand festival the craftsmen of India begin to design the most beautiful idols of Lord Ganesha.
- The festival is marked with the installation of Ganesha clay idols privately in homes, or publicly on elaborate pandals ( temporary stages).
- Maharashtra is particularly known for its grand scale celebration of “Ganesha Chaturthi.”
- There are four main rituals during Ganesha Chaturthi and the last one known as “Ganpati Visarjan” that is the immersion of the idol of Lord Ganesha into a river is a major social and public event of India.
And I desperately wait for the most important sweet dish of this vibrant festival- MODAK! Basically, modak is a sweet dish prepared using rice flour stuffed with grated coconut and dry fruits.
Many tourists from all over the globe visit India during this festival to sample the feeling of this vibrant festival, the sound of drums and dhols, glaring diyas, colors in the air and the beautifully decorated houses and streets.
So if you are packing your bags and getting all ready to explore the western part of India then hurry up this is the right time! Go and grab a box full of “Modaks” and go “GANPATI BAPPA MORYA!” this month in India.
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