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Ganesh Chaturthi is observed on the birthday of Lord Ganesha, son of Lord Shankar and Goddess Parvati in Hindu mythology. Ganesh Chaturthi is observed on September 5 and it is the fourth day of Magh and especially during that time there is an interconnection between Ganesh and Chaturthi. 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. This festival is popularly also known as ‘Vinayak Chaturthi’ or ‘Vinayaka Chavithi’. ALSO READ: Ganesh Chaturthi 2016: Date, Muhurat, Puja Vidhi, Fasting & Auspicious timings of Ganpati Festival Also Read - Historic Moment! Ireland Gets Its First-Ever Hindu Temple in Dublin After a Wait of 20 Years
Lord Ganesha is known by 108 different names and is the symbol of arts, sciences and the God of wisdom. Ganesh Chaturthi lasts for 10 days and ends on the day of Ananta Chaturdashi, it is mostly observed during the month of Bhadra i.e. mid-August or mid-September. 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. Devotees worship Ganeshji’s idol for 10 days and then those idols get immersed in water at the end of the festival. On this auspicious day, devotees chant various religious mantras and songs related to Lord Ganesha and this ritual is termed to be ‘pranapratishhtha’. ALSO READ: Lalbaugcha Raja 2016 LIVE Mukh Darshan: Watch Lalbaughcha Raja First Look live telecast & streaming Also Read - Ganesh Chaturthi 2020: Sanjay Dutt Shares Pic With Maanayata, Wishes This Auspicious Festival Removes All The Obstacles
The Ganesh Festival is made special by worshiping the elephant God, meeting relatives and friends, preparing and offering mouth watering dishes and gifting memorable presents to near and dear ones. The biggest question in the minds of the people is what to gift and what will go with the festival’s mood. We are here to help you all in choosing and gifting the perfect gift of gratitude to your loved ones. ALSO READ: Happy Ganesh Chaturthi 2016: Best Ganpati Messages, WhatsApp & Facebook Status, Quotes, wishes, SMSes & greetings to share
Go over these and choose the right gift and have a great and grand celebration out there. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!
1. Ganesha Idols –
An amazing gift idea that goes well with the occasion is the idol of Lord Ganesha, which in itself is divine. There is a myth which says that idol of Ganesha brings good luck and prosperity in one’s home and life. One can find various idols to choose from in term of colours like bronze, gold plated, silver, brass, wood, paper mache and crystal. These idols are easily available in the market.
2. Ganesha Coins –
Gifting religious items on religious occasions is a treat to each and every believer. Coins are available in gold and silver embossed with Lord Ganesha images and are one of the tremendous ideas to gift. The Ganesha coins reflect good wishes, prayers, and goodwill for the family.
3. Ganesha Pendants –
These special pendants are nothing but ornaments that resemble the shape of much loved pot-bellied baby elephant God. These are made out of gold, silver and various precious stones like diamonds, rubies, emeralds, etc. Lord Ganesha is known to remove every obstacle from one’s life. And what can be better than gifting a Ganesha pendant which symbolises the warding off all evils and spreads happiness?
4. Ganesha Gift Hampers –
Gift hampers are available for the Ganesh Festival that go along with the theme and include lovely idols of Lord Ganesha along with a greeting card, lamp sets, flowers, Vinayaka Vrathakalpam for puja procedure, sweets, food items, etc.
5. Apparel for Ganesha Festival –
Clothes are one of the common gifts presented during Ganesh Festival, taking joy and happiness to a new level. Mostly traditional Indian outfits or some latest designer sarees is the demand of the buyers. Gifting apparel according to choices of loved ones brings a smile to everyone’s faces.
6. Vinayak Puja Accessories –
Puja accessories include Puja Thalis consisting of a metal plate, sets of Laksmi-Ganesha idols, a small vessel for sweets, roli-chawal, clay or metal diyas, and exquisite silver kumkum dabbi. The accessories also have small wooden temples decked with artistic embossing and wooden Ganesha wall hangings.
Other than these presents, devotees can also gift beautifully packed sweet boxes, which are an integral part of any festival. One can say that no festival is complete without a sweet dish!
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