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Ganesh Chaturthi: Story behind Lord Ganesh

Every year Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated on the fourth day of Bhadra month of the Hindu calendar. It usually falls in the month of August-September. So, this year, it felled on 22 August 2020 and ended on 1 September 2020. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated as the mark of the rebirth of Lord Ganesh. There are 108 names of Lord Ganesh.

Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh ji is believed as the first god to be worshiped before any auspicious occasion. He is god of bringing happiness is one’s life. He is also known as ‘Vighnaharta’ for removing all the problems (Vighnas). Moreover, Lord Ganesha is a god of bringing knowledge, prosperity and bliss.

Story behind birth of Ganesh:

It is believed that Parvati ji in the absence of Shivji created lord Ganesh for her protection. She created lord Ganesh from her dirt (earth) and gave him life. She then went to take bath instructing him that let no one can come inside. Since, Ganesh ji was unaware of the fact that Lord Shiva is Parvati maa’s husband. He objected lord Shiv to not go inside. Shiv ji in anger cut his head. When Parvati ji got to know about it, she ordered to bring him back no matter what.

Shiv ji told his followers to bring a face of child and sent them in north direction. They brought a face of elephant. Shiv ji fixed it to lord Ganesh. From that day, he became ‘Gajanan’. Also, known as ‘Ganapati’ as leader of gannas (followers). The elephant head brought contained only one tusk which made him known as ‘Ekdantaya’. This all gave him rebirth.

Facts on huge celebration of it:

According to history, Ganesh Chaturthi was first celebrated at homes. Every individual bring or make statue of Ganesh and worship it. Later, Lok Manya Tilak for unification of country started celebrating it publically. This made people of all religions enjoy it and worship god. Since onwards, huge pandals are decorated in various states of India and now even in various countries. 10-30 metres statue of god is placed and worshiped usually for 10 days. On the last day, the statue is immersed in water bodies known as “Ganesh Visarjan”.

More about Ganesh Chaturthi:

Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated as the birthday of Ganesh ji. This day he took rebirth reviving his life back as elephant headed. On Ganesh Chaturthi, people bring Ganapti statue to their home and do Ganapati sthapana continues with worshiping of god. A 10 day celebration usually celebrated with fun, happiness, bringing people together. Every day the pandal is decorated with flowers and garlands. Prasad is distributed among bhakts after the bhog. Modak is considered as god’s favourite food.

Coconut and jiggery are also offered. During these days, mushak (mouse) is also worshiped. He is considered as the vehicle of lord Ganesh.  

People also believe that on Ganesh Chaturthi, Ganesh ji came on earth from Kailash Parvat. He brings happiness, wisdom and properity to one’s home. On the last day, ‘Anant Chaturdashi’ he goes back to his parents on Kailash Parvat taking away all the evils and problems from our home.

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