Place: South India
Significance: Birthday of Lord Ganesh
Vakratunda Mahakaya Suryakoti Samaprabha,
Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarvakaryeshhu Sarvada"
"O Ganesha - Ganapati, One with a curved trunk, a large body,
and a brilliance equal to a crore suns!
O God, please make all my undertakings free from obstacles always."
Ganesha Chaturthi, the great Ganesha festival, also known as 'Vinayak
Chaturthi' or 'Vinayaka Chavithi' is celebrated by Hindus around the world as
the birthday of Lord Ganesha. It is observed during the Hindu month of Bhadra
(mid-August to mid-September) and the grandest and most elaborate of them,
especially in the western India state of Maharashtra, lasts for 10 days,
ending on the day of 'Ananta Chaturdashi'.
On the occasion of the Ganapati festival, a large number of idols are made of
clay or metal in all possible sizes; sometimes even up to twenty feet. People
buy idols of Lord Ganesha and install them in their houses and worship the
idol for one to ten days, after which the idols are taken out ceremoniously,
through the streets of the town (especially in Maharashtra) and immersed into
the river, sea or well. A cultural feast is held to coincide with Ganesh
Chaturthi in Maharashtra especially at Pune. Classical dance, music
performances, poetry recitations, folk dances, theatre and film festival are
the main features of this festival.
Of Ganesh Chaturthi
Immersion Of The Idol of Ganesha
Recipes For Ganesh Chaturthi
Ganesh Aarti (Hindi)
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