Ganesh Chaturthi

GANESH CHATURTHI

Ganesh Chaturthi falls on the fourth day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Bhadon (August-September). It is celebrated with particular enthusiasm in Maharashtra. Shrines are erected and a clay idol of Ganesh is installed, all beautifully made and brightly colored. Every family also buys a clay idol. It is worshipped for a specific period before being ceremoniously immersed in a river, tank, sea or any water-body. Ganesh is the god of wisdom, the deity who can remove obstacles from anyone’s path to success. It may be recalled that Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak popularized Indian festival of Ganesh Chaturthi on a large scale to invoke nationalistic feelings in the masses.

Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed god of wisdom and prosperity, is a favourite with children. Ganesha presides over the lintel of the doorway in many a Hindu home as he is believed to ward off all evil. The festival is celebrated with special enthusiasm in Maharashtra, where it lasts more than ten days. On the first day, a clay image of Ganesha is brought into the home amidst music and dancing. For ten days it is worshipped with great deal of festivety. On the last day, the image is taken out in a procession and immersed in a lake, river or the sea. Cultural programmes are organized in the cities, and fairs are held in many places. Ganesh Chaturthis celebrated in August/ September.

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