Ganesha Chaturthi, festival of Lord Ganesha is celebrated by Hindus around the world as the birthday of Lord Ganesha. It is also known as Ganeshotsav or Vinayak Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chavithi. It falls in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada on the fourth day of Shukla Paksha.
Ganesh Utsav is a ten day festival which starts on Ganesha Chaturthi on Shukla Paksha Chaturthi and ends on Anant Chaturdashi i.e; on Shukla Paksha Chaturdashi of the same month of Hindu calendar.
According to Hindu’s Lord Ganesha is the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. It is said that on this day Lord Shiva gave an elephant head to his son Ganesha and Lord Ganesha declared as superior to all the gods and other gods blessed him with many boons.
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated all over India, special the celebrations are grand in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Goa. During Ganesh Chaturthi, idols of Lord Ganesha are in installed on street corners (pandals) and in homes and elaborated decorations are done with lighting, flowers, mirrors etc. Pooja – Aarti’s are performed daily.
These statues are then carried on decorated floats to be immersed in the sea after one, three, five, seven and ten days. This process is known as Ganpati Visarjan. Thousands of processions converge on the beaches to immerse the holy idols in the sea. This procession and immersion is accompanied by drum beats, devotional songs and dancing and people chanting “Ganpati Bappa Morya”. Ananta Chaturdashi (Ganesh Visarjan)
Ganesha Chaturthi festival is also celebrated outside India especially in Nepal, United States, Canada, Mauritius, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Burma and Fiji.
Ganesha Chaturthi 2017 Date :
For this year Ganesha Chaturthi is on Friday, 25th August 2017.