Ganesh Chaturthi also known as Vinayak Chaturthi’ or ‘Vinayaka Chavithi’ will be celebrated on September 5. The auspicious festival falls in the during the month of Bhadra i.e. mid-August or mid-September. This much awaited auspicious occasion arrives on the fourth day of Bhadarva Shukla-Paksh according to the Hindu calendar and is mostly celebrated for 10 days as Ganpati, Ganesh Festival or Ganeshotsav.Ganesh Chaturthi lasts for 10 days and ends on the day of Ananta Chaturdashi. This festival is celebrated by Hindus all over the world. This occasion marks the auspicious day, when Lord Ganesha were born. Ganesh Chaturthi or Ganesh Utsav festival was first celebrated by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaja, the great Maratha ruler.
Lord Ganesha, the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati who were born on the fourth day of Magh and especially during that time there is an interconnection between Ganesh and Chaturthi. Slowly and steadily this custom started fading out, soon freedom fighter Lokmanya Tilak brought back the old tradition in the form of a 10-day festival. Devotees worship Ganeshji’s idol for 10 days and then those idols get immersed in water at the end of the festival. During Maratha King Shivaji’s empire Ganesha Chaturthi was celebrated as a public event. There is a myth saying that Lord Ganesha were created out of sandalwood paste which was been used by Parvati and further she breathe life into that statue.
A clay model of Lord Ganesha is made before arrival of the festival and the idols are easily available in sizes from 3/4th of an inch to 25 feet tall. Lord Ganesha is always placed on high platforms and mantlepieces and nicely decorated for paying homage. On this day, devotees chant mantras and songs related to Ganesha and this ritual is termed to be ‘pranapratishhtha’. There are several ways of paying tribute and prasad or naivaidya in the form of coconut, jaggery and modak are offered to Lord Ganesha.
The First look of Lalbaugcharaja 2016 will be held today at 6:30 pm. On the special occasion, here we share a video of the Lalbaugcha Raja 2016 Ganpati idol, with live streaming of the aarti and the other activities at the mandal. Take Bappa’s live darshan right here for the next 10 days!
Ganpati Bappa Morya! Happy Ganesh Festival 2016.