What is Ganesh Chaturthi celebrated

Ganesh Chaturthi is a Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed god of wisdom, prosperity, and good fortune. It is observed on the fourth day of the waxing moon period (Shukla Chaturthi) in the Hindu calendar month of Bhadrapada, which usually falls between August and September in the Gregorian calendar.

What is Ganesh Chaturthi celebrated

During Ganesh Chaturthi, devotees across India, especially in the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh, install clay idols of Lord Ganesha in their homes and public pandals (temporary stages). The festival typically lasts for 10 days, with the biggest celebrations happening on the first and last days.

What is Ganesh Chaturthi celebrated

The rituals during Ganesh Chaturthi include the installation of the idol, prayers, chanting of mantras, offering of sweets and fruits, and performing aarti (ritual of worship involving fire). On the final day, the idols are carried through the streets in a procession accompanied by singing, dancing, and drum beats, and then immersed in bodies of water, symbolizing the farewell of Lord Ganesha as he returns to Mount Kailash to his parents, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Ganesh Chaturthi is not just a religious festival but also a significant cultural event, fostering community spirit and creativity through elaborate decorations, cultural programs, and social gatherings. It’s a time for people to come together, seek blessings, and celebrate the joyous occasion.