- By Rohit
- Dec 20, 2019
Ganesh Chaturthi is a spectacular ten days Hindu festival, which is celebrated as a birthday of the beloved elephant-headed Lord Ganesha. It is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi. He is the younger son of God Shiva and Goddess Parvati and moreover, he is the symbol of good fortune, wisdom, and prosperity. This festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm and zeal by Hindu across the globe. In Maharastra, Telangana, Karnataka, Goa, and Madhya Pradesh it is majorly celebrated. This auspicious festival celebration begins on the fourth day which is known as Chaturthi of the Bhadrapada month of the Hindu calendar.
Lord Ganesha has one hundred eight names. For every start of the work a Hindu always offers pray to this god as he is known as Atharva, who can fight against all obstacles. There are several stories and myths related to the birth of Lord Ganesha. As a story say that Lord Ganesha was created by Goddess Parvati out of dirt from her body to guard her in the absence of Lord Shiva. She has given the order to Ganesha to guard her bathroom door while she went for taking bath, meanwhile, Lord Shiva arrived and stoped by kid Ganesha which makes the previous one angry and in this anger Lord Shiva cut the head of Ganesha. When Parvati came to know about this incident she felt bad and start crying. Then Lord Shiva promised to get her son’s life back so all gods were sent to search the head for the kid and their search ends with finding the head of a child of elephant and this how Ganesha was born.
According to another story, all gods requested Shiva and Paravati to give birth to the Lord Ganesha to save them from the demon thus the Vighnaharta (another name of Lord Ganesha, meaning averter of obstacles) was born and helped all God against the demons. Lord Ganesha is always worshiped first in all the rituals performed by a Hindu as he always fulfills all the wishes and desires of the devotees. Devotees of Lord Ganesha with his blessings always follow the path of wisdom and knowledge.
The celebration of Ganesha Chaturti starts from bringing the idol of Lord Ganesha at home and different pandals where the devotees want to worship the god. This festival continues over eleven days with the biggest exhibition happening on the last day known as “Anant Chaturdasi” day. People, who bring and install idol at their home, decorate the home with beautiful flowers, lights and make awesome rangoli to welcome this god at their home. Freedom Fighter Mr. Bal Gangadhar Tilak in 1893, made this festival public from the private affair. This was the masterstroke by the leader to bring and unite the people of India at one platform.
This festival is celebrated in the public manner as the idol of the god also placed in the beautifully decorated pandal. The local communities compete with each other about their pandals. Competition of pandal also happened followed by a gift. To view breathtaking, awesome pandals always visit Mumbai and other parts of Maharastra. This is the place where the Ganesha Chaturthi celebration celebrated in each and every home and street. The street is filled with devotees and music enchanting “Ganapati Bappa Morya”. People dance on drum beats and light up firework which enhances the festive mood.
In these ten days spectacular, devotees prepare the different types and styles of prasad to offer the god. Popular Prasads(Bhog) are Modak, satori, Puran Poli,motichoor laddoo, coconut rice, shrikhand, banana sheera, Rava Pongal, medu vada, and payasam. Apart from these different fruits and sweets are an offer of Lord Ganesha. The idol of Ganesha is placed at home, temples, and pandals. The idol is decorated with garlands, lights, and flowers. To perform the ritual “Pranapratishhtha”, the priest chant mantra to entreat life in a deity. There is a total of sixteen ways to offer prayers to the Lord Ganesha idol known as “Shhodashopachra”.
To bid the farewell to the Lord Ganesha, the Uttarpuja is performed. In this ritual, Lord Ganesha idol is immersed in the water. In Mumbai or sea area where this festival is celebrated, they immerse the god idol in the sea. Now to due to rush many devotees immerse the idol at their home in the clay pot or small tank and plant the little sapling. It is the best way to save the sea and nature.
Top Five Places To EnJoy Ganesh Chaturthi In Mumbai:
People explore various pandals to see the Lord Ganesha statue. The pandals are very beautifully decorated which always attracts the viewers. Some of top Mumbai pandals are:
- The Lalbaugcha Raja
- The Ganesh Gali Mumbaicha Raja
- The Khetwadicha Ganraj
- The GSB Seva Ganesh Mandal King’s Circle
- The Andhericha Raja