We all celebrate this festival every year for ten days on Ganesh Chaturthi. But how many know what is the story of Ganesh Chaturthi and why is it celebrated?
Story of Ganesh Chaturthi: Many festivals are celebrated in India. The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is one of them. Although the worship of Ganesh Ji is called Ganesh Chaturthi, there are many of you who do not know why Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated.
By the way, for your information, let me tell you that Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha. He is the son of Shiva and Parvati. Although Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in many states of India, the people of Maharashtra are eagerly waiting for this festival.
Lord Ganesha is a symbol of wisdom, prosperity, and good fortune. People in India worship Lord Ganesha before starting any new work. Lord Ganesha is also called Vinayaka and Vighnaharta. Ganesh ji is also considered the giver of Riddhi-Siddhi and wisdom.
What is Ganesh Chaturthi?
Ganesh Chaturthi also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi is actually a Hindu festival. During this festival, people worship Lord Ganesha a lot. Ganesh Chaturthi begins with Vedic hymns, prayers, and Hindu texts such as the Ganesh Upanishad. After offering Modak to Ganesh ji after the prayer, Modak is distributed among the people as prasad.
These days people also organize Bhandara. And the decoration is also very nice. The whole atmosphere becomes devotional during this festival. During Ganesh Chaturthi, aarti of Lord Ganesha is performed in the morning and evening and offerings of laddus and modaks are made. Most of this festival is celebrated in Maharashtra and people come from far and wide to see Ganesh Chaturthi there.
- Name Ganesh Chaturthi
Other names Chavithi, Chauthi, Ganeshotsav, Ganesh Puja
Beginning of Bhadrapada month, Shukla Paksha, Chaturthi date
11 days after the end start
Tithi Bhadrapada, Shukla, Chaturthi
Purpose Religious Fidelity, Celebration, Entertainment
Followers Hindu, Indian
2022 date 31 August (Wednesday)
When is Ganesh Chaturthi in 2022?
Ganesh Chaturthi will be celebrated this year 2022 on Wednesday, 31 August (31/08/2022).
Why celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi?
The people of India believe that Lord Ganesha brings great happiness and prosperity and removes all their obstacles. So to please Ganesh ji, people consider his birthday as Ganesh Chaturthi.
When is the auspicious time of Ganesh Chaturthi?
It is always told that the idol should always be brought home only at in auspicious times. If you also want to bring the idol of Ganesh ji to your house on 22nd August 2022, then bring it in the below Muhurta.
Benefit Timings: 2:17 pm to 3:52 pm
Good Time: 7:58 am to 9.30 am
There is evening time: – 06:54 PM to 08:20 PM
You can install the idol of Ganesh ji on 31 August 2022 at this time:
Amrit Time : 03:53 PM to 05:17 PM
Good Time : 09:32 AM to 11:06 AM
Ganesh Puja is always considered better if you do it in the afternoon time:
Between 11:25 AM to 01:54 PM.
This Muhurta is considered to be the best to worship Ganesha.
What are the main mantras of Ganesh Chaturthi?
The most important of the mantras used in Ganesh Chaturthi is,
वक्रतुंड महाकाय सूर्यकोटी समप्रभ .
निर्विध्नं कुरु मे देव सर्वकार्येषु सर्वदा …
Significance of Ganesh Chaturthi
Like the story or story of other gods and goddesses, the story of Ganesh ji is also very interesting and inspirational. Let us know about the same in detail today.
Once Mata Parvati was going to take a bath. Then he made an effigy from the filth of his body to guard the door. And putting life in it gave the form of a beautiful child. Mother Parvati tells the child I am going to take a bath, you should stand at the door and do not let anyone enter the door without my permission.
Having said this, Mother Parvati, standing at the door of the child, goes to take a bath.
That child is guarding the door when Lord Shankar ji comes there and as soon as he was about to go inside, that child stops him there. Lord Shankar ji asks that child to get out of his way but that child, following the orders of Mother Parvati, prevents Lord Shankar from entering inside. Due to this Lord Shankar gets angry and takes out his trident in anger and separates the child’s neck from the torso.
When Mother Parvati comes out after hearing the painful voice of the child, she becomes very sad to see the severed head of that child. The Lord tells Shankar that he was a child made by her who was following his orders. And mother Parvati asks him to revive her son.
Then Lord Shankar orders his servants to go to the earth and bring the head of the child whose mother is sleeping with her back to her child. When the servants leave, they see a baby elephant. Whose mother is sleeping with her back on his side? The servants bring the elephant’s baby’s head by cutting it.
Then Lord Shankar ji, by putting the head of that elephant in place of the head of that child, revives him. Lord Shankar ji declares that the child is the lord of all his Ganas. Since then the name of that child is given to Ganapati.
Along with this, Lord Shankar also gives such a boon to Ganapati that he will be worshiped first among the deities. That is why he is worshiped first. It is believed that no work is complete without his worship.
Ganesh Chaturthi Puja Method
Red clothes are worn on Ganesh Chaturthi first thing in the morning after bathing because it is said that red clothes are dearer to Lord Ganesha. During the worship, the face of Shri Ganesh ji is kept in the north or east direction.
Then Ganesha is anointed with Panchamrit. They are anointed first with milk, then with curd, with ghee, with honey, and finally with Ganga water in Panchamrit. Roli and Kalava are offered to Lord Ganesha. And at the same time, vermilion is also offered.
Two betel nuts and betel leaves are offered as Riddhi-Siddhi. Then fruits, yellow Kaner, and doob flowers are offered. After that, his favorite sweet modak is offered. After offering Bhog, everyone sings the aarti of Ganesha. Chant 12 names of Ganesh ji and their mantras.
What are the main rituals of Ganesh Chaturthi and how are they performed?
There are mainly four rituals of Ganesh Chaturthi.
Pranpratishtha – In this process, God (deity) is installed in the idol.
Shadopachar – In this process, homage is offered to Lord Ganesha in 16 forms (sixteen forms).
Uttarpuja – This is such worship, after which the idol can be taken anywhere once God is installed in it.
Ganpati Visarjan – In this process the idol is immersed in a river or any watery place.
When is Ganesh Chaturthi celebrated?
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in the Chaturthi of the Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapada month, which usually falls between August and September. This festival is celebrated by Hindus with great enthusiasm. On the day of Ganesh Chaturthi, people bring the idol of Lord Ganesha to their house and worship for 10 days, and on the 11th day immerse the idol of Ganesha with great pomp.
As long as the idol of Ganesh ji is established, delicious delicacies are offered to him every day. And daily worship is done by chanting religious mantras. Devotees, Lord Ganesha pray to the Lord for happiness, prosperity, and peace in their lives.
Which great man declared Ganesh Chaturthi a public festival and what is the reason behind it?
Lokmanya Tilak ji was the first to declare this festival a public festival by changing it from a private festival. The reason behind this was that he wanted that the difference between Brahmins and people of other castes should end so that all the people together with each other celebrate this festival with great enthusiasm. This awakens a sense of unity within them.