Did you know that as per the Hindu Calender, Lord Ganesha was born on the Chaturthi Tithi of Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapada, and that is why, Ganesh Utsav is celebrated on this day?
Ganesh Chaturthi is a 10-day festival that begins on Shukla Paksha Chaturthi in the month of Bhadrapada according to the Hindu calendar. As per the English calendar, this festival is usually observed from 19th August to 20th September. Ganesh Chaturthi festival ends on Anant Chaturdashi, the fourteenth day of Bhadrapada Shukla Paksha.
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The celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi is grand because planning begins a month in advance. Street corners are marked with marquees, and artists build giant eco-friendly Ganesh statues or standard idols in complex settings. It is embellished with daily prayers and offerings. Devotees worship Lord Ganesha for the next ten days. After worshiping Lord Ganesh for 10 consecutive days, the Ganesha idols leave with pomp as they float in the water with the belief in God returning soon next year.
Ganesh Chaturthi Date & Auspicious Time
- Date- 31st August 2023
- Bhadra Shukla Chaturthi date starts - 30th August at 3:34 pm
- Bhadra Shukla Chaturthi date ends- 31st August till 3.23 pm
- Shukla Yoga - 31st August from 12:04 am to 10:47 pm.
- Brahma Yoga - From 10:47 pm on 31st August to 09:11 pm on 1st September.
- Rahukaal - 12.27 pm to 2 pm.
- Midday Ganesh Puja Timings- 31st August from 11.21 am to 1:42 pm.
- Time to escape from Chandra Darshan - 31st August from 9.29 am to 9.21 pm
Significance & Rituals of Ganesh Chaturthi
This festival is celebrated with extreme vigor and enthusiasm. The celebration lasts for ten days, and the deity of Ganesha is worshiped for all these ten days. Lord Ganesha is considered the God of power and wisdom. There are various stories associated that show how cleverly and coolly he used to deal with complicated matters. Several names are given to the Lord after all his good doings, like Gajanana, Dhumraketu, Ekdanta, Vakratunda, Siddhi Vinayaka, and many more.
One can estimate the significance of Ganesh Chaturthi with the fact that Lord Ganesha is worshiped before all Hindu Gods. His name is repeated before starting any work and is believed to be very fortunate and auspicious. People even keep the idol or image of Lord Ganesha on their doors to let positive vibrations enter the house.
There are four main rituals of Ganesh Chaturthi -
The process of infusing deity in idols by lighting lamps- "Deep Prajwalan" and "Sankalpa."
Pran Pratishtha :
We invite our beloved Ganesha idol and invoke life in the idol at home or pandal.
Shodasha here means 16 forms, and Upachara is a tribute to God. It begins with washing Ganesh Ji's feet, bathing in milk, ghee, honey, curd, and sugar, followed by scent and Gangajal. Then new clothes- Vastra is offered along with flowers, Akshata, garland, Sindoor, and Chandan. Then the idol is worshiped by offerings like Modak, Betel leaves, Coconut, incense sticks, Diyas, chanting Mantras, and hymns.
Uttar Puja :
A bid adieu ceremony of puja before the immersion. People congregate in one spot, whether a pandal, temple, or house, to rejoice together. Singing, dancing, and exchanging colors are all part of their routine. To bid Lord Ganesh farewell, we recite aartis and mantras.
Ganpati Visarjan: Immersion of the idol
Visarjan or Nimajjanam immersion of the idol takes place on the festival's last day. The 10th consecutive day is popularly known as Anant Chaturdashi. After the festival, these idols are submerged in a river, sea, or any water body. Thousands of devotees gather on the beaches with drums and firecrackers to say goodbye to Lord Ganpati.
What are the dates for Ganpati Visarjan 2023?
- First Ganesh Visarjan (one and half) day – 1st September 2023
- Ganesh Visarjan after (3 days) – 2nd September 2023
- Ganesh Visarjan after (5 days) – 4th September 2023
- Ganesh Visarjan after (7 days) – 6th September 2023
- Ananta Chaturdashi is the last day, i.e. 10th day of Ganesh Visarjan and the date is – 9th September 2023
What is the significance of Ganesh Visarjan?
Behind the Visarjan, there lies a fascinating narrative. Lord Ganesh is thought to return to Mount Kailash following this rite to reunite with his family. The festival commemorates the origin and death of life. When the idol is carried out for immersion, it is said to clear the dwelling of all obstructions and demolish them. Devotees look forward to this auspicious festival every year.
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