Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka chavithi is believed to commemorate the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha, son of Lord Shankar and Goddess Parvati. The festival comes on the 4th day of Bhadarva Shukla-paksh of Hindu calendar and is celebrated for 10 days in the state of Maharashtra state and throughout India. The occassion is marked by worship of the lovable elephant God, meeting with friends and relatives, gorging on sweets and other delectable dishes, preparing food offerings for the Lord and handing over presents to one's near and dear ones. Like all Indian festivals, Ganesh Chaturthi is also marked by giving and receiving of gifts. But the common question that plagues many is - what to give on this occassion, what type of gifts go with the festival? To save yourself from racking your brains, TheHolidaySpot brings to you some great gift ideas for Ganesh Chaturthi. Go over these and choose the right gift for your loved ones. If you like our article on Ganesh Chaturthi Gift Ideas, please click here and refer this page to your friends and relations (that way you'll get some great gifts from them too). Have a grand Ganesh Chaturthi celebration!
Ganesha Idols - A wonderful gift item for this occassion is the idol of Lord Ganesha, the divine being around whom revolves the festival. Available in bronze, gold plating, silver, brass, wood and crystal, Ganesha idols are readily available in the market and are supposed to bring home lots of good luck and prosperity.
Ganesha Pendants - Ganesha pendants are ornaments resembling the shape of the much loved pot-bellied elephant God. Made out of gold or silver and studded with precious stones like diamonds, rubies and emeralds these pendants are also a popular gift item for Ganesha Chaturthi. Lord Ganesha being hailed as the remover of all obstacles (Vighneshwara), a Ganesha pendant is believed to ward off all evils and eliminate all the obstacles that you come across during your lifetime.
Ganesha Coins - The festival being a religious occassion, religious gift items like gold or silver coins with images of Lord Ganesha are quite popular gifts and great to present. They also reflect your wishes and prayers for the well being and prosperity of the recipient and his/her family.
Ganesha Gift Hampers - Lovely gift hampers themed to the festival are available in almost all gift stores during Ganesha Chaturthi. A typical Ganesha gift hamper includes a lovely idol of the deity together with greeting cards, lamp sets, flowers, Vinayaka Vrathakalpam (a sacred text dealing with Lord Ganesha), sweets, chocolates, food items and crispy delicacies like almonds and cashews.
Apparels for Ganesha Chaturthi - Putting on new clothes is a universal way of celebrating a joyous occassion. In India, all festal events are observed by wearing new apparels and Ganesh Chaturthi is no exception. Like in most festivals, people love to celebrate their happiness during this time by dressing themselves in new clothes and want to give their loved ones the same feeling. People love to receive new apparels on Ganesh Chaturthi. Keeping in your mind the tastes and preferences of your near ones, you can present them with traditional Indian outfits or the latest designer clothes from popular brands.
Vinayak Puja Accessories - Items related to the worship of Vinayaka are also great to gift your friends and near ones. These include the Puja Thalis (metal plate consisting of offerings to the Lord), beautiful sets of Laksmi-Ganesh idols, katoris (small vessel that holds all goodies) with roli-chawal, clay or metal diyas, small wooden temples decked with artistic embossing, exquisite silver kumkum dabbi (containers), wooden Ganesha wall hanging and the like.
Sweets / Mithais - 'Mithais' or sweets are integrally related to all traditional Hindu festivals. No Hindu festival is infact, truly complete without a generous helping of these sugary delights. Go for single type of sweets or a mixed pack containing varieties of sweets. These days, many shops offer readymade sweets in beautiful packs enveloped with gift wrappers. In case you can't decide on any other present, a big sweet pack will be just a nice gift for your friends, relatives and acquaintances.