Every year the entire world sees the Indian community celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi with great enthusiasm and participation. Preparations for this sacred festival begin months in advance and the actual day of celebration sees a grand observance of the occasssion complete with elaborate execution of traditional rituals, singing of devotional songs, fervid dancing, cracker-bursting and loud chanting of "Ganpati bappa morya..." TheHolidaySpot brings to you a precise article on the celebrations of Ganesh Chaturthi. Learn how Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated annually in India and the different customs that mark Ganesh Chaturthi festivities. If you like our article "How is Ganesh Chaturthi celebrated", do not forget to click here and refer it to your friends and loved ones. Shubh Ganesh Chaturthi!
Ganesh Chaturthi which is commonly known as ‘VinayakChaturthi’ or ‘VinayakaChavithi’ is celebrated with grandeur by Hindus around the world. This festival serves as an occasion to celebrate the birthday of Lord Ganesh. Observed during the Hindu month of Bhadra (mid-August to mid-September), this festival lasts for 10 days, ending on the day of 'AnantaChaturdashi'. This festival is celebrated in a unique way. On the day of the festival a lifelike clay model of Lord Ganesha is placed on a raised platform, and devotees pay their homage to the Lord. Then priests clad in silk red or white dhoti and shawl, invoke life into the idol by chanting some hymns and mantras. This festival creates a platform for various social and cultural gatherings, bringing the public together enhancing the sense of belongingness and togetherness. The celebration comes to an end with the immersion of the Lord Ganesh’s idol into the water. Thus the idol is being carried by a huge procession dancing to the rhythmic chanting of ‘GanpatiBappa Moriya’, making their move towards a river.
Though Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated widely across India, but it serves as a most significant festival for states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat and Rajasthan.
Celebrations in Maharashtra
Almost each and every household of Maharashtra celebrates Ganesh Chahurthi, with great belief, devotion and dedication, for ten days. The celebration also takes place at the larger scale. Almost every community and locality, in around Maharashtra, celebrate this festival with full zest and vigour.Small idols are also installed at every household and family members and relatives offer their prayers for these ten days. Huge pandals (tents) are also set up by an entire neighbourhood where the life like idol of the Lord is placed on a high platform.Often fairs and exhibitions serve as an added mode of celebration, enhancing the festive mood further. Classical dance, music performances, poetry recitations, folk dances, theatre and film festival are also highlights of this festival. The tenth day is the day of visarjan, when the idol is carried by serpentine procession to the nearby water body for its immersion. Devotees chant many mantras throughout and the common phrase which serves as the highlight of the moment is "GanapatiBappa Moriya" a wish to Father Ganesh to return to this valley in the coming year.
Celebrations in Karnataka
Karnataka celebrates Ganesh Chaturthi or more commonly known asVinayakaChaturthi,in different ritualistic ways. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated by offering prayers to Gauri, the mother of the Lord. The married women offer their prayers to Gauri to please and seek Her blessings, so that their married life remain long lasting and contented. This festival is celebrated in different temples of Karnataka, where Lord Ganesh is worshipped along with His mother Gauri.
Celebrations in Gujarat
Gujarat is not far behind in matters of celebration. Ahmedabad the capital city of Gujarat celebrates Ganesh Chaturthi with great pomp and show. Elaborate arrangements are made for the festival. Prayers and offerings are dedicated to the Lord of wisdom.Lord Ganesh is fervently worshipped for about 7-10 days everywhere, whether be in small temples or be it large pandals where the idol of the lord is placed. On Chaturthi, the last day of the ten days, idols are immersed at river Sabarmati and Kankaria Lake. This event is made even more attractive by burning fireworks and crackers accompanied by devotional mantras and songs.
Celebrations in Rajasthan
Apart from grand celebrations, Ganesh Chathurti is also celebrated in every household of Rajasthan. The devotees bathe the image of the Lord in red kumkum as well garland the idol with red flowered garlands. Idols are then placed at entrances of every household. A small thaal, with haldi and kumkum, is also placed at the entrance alongside the idol, so that the visiting people take a pinch of each and put it on their foreheads and throat, which is believed to bring in good luck.Ladoos are distributed amongst relatives and friends.
Though India is a land of diversity, but fellow Indians are united by their unique culture and customs which bind them into one.