Ganesh Chaturthi - Saturday - 22nd August 2020
Ganesh Chaturthi is a festival to commemorate the birth of Lord Ganesha (the son of Lord of Shiva and Parvati). According to mythological yarns, Lord Ganesha in Hindu puranas, is a god who removes obstacle and brings good fortune, and called by various names such as Ganapati, Ekadanta, Vinayaka, Pillaiyar and Heramba. Lord Ganesh is more of an adorable God, and despite of other characteristics, can be easily recognized for his elephant head.
Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayak Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chavithi, is celebrated with great fervour by believers across India. Just a few days before the festival, markets are adorned by small to big size Ganesh idols. People put Ganesh idols in well decorated mandaps with lots of lighting. In house, people install idols or pictures to offer prayers and start the celebration with chanting of mantras and prayers. Lord Ganesha is known as a sweet buff, so loads of sweets, jiggery, modakas are offered to him.
Ganesh Chaturthi Celebration In Indian States
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated all over India, especially marked as a special occasion in Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The festival holds a special historical significance in Maharashtra, as it was started to celebrate in mass scale by Shivaji, the great Maratha ruler, to promote culture and nationalism.
In Andhra Pradesh, a special dish called kudumu, which is rice flour dumplings filled with coconut and jiggery, Vundrallu, another rice dumpling, Panakam, a flavoured drink made of black pepper and cardamom and Vadapappu, soaked and moong lentils, are offered to Lord Ganesha along with Modakams.
Today, the festival has a significant and critical activity for people in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai. The mega event holds the professional thread of many artists, industries and businesses. This festival has also crossed the barrier of religion and equally celebrated by Muslims, Jains, Christians and others.
Ganesh Chaturthi Celebration In Outside India
The festival popularity has also crossed the geographical limitation and celebrated outside India as well. In the U.K, The Hindu Culture and Heritage Society, a Southall based organization first initiated the festival in 2005, and then after it has been a regular event in that part of the world.
In the U.S, Ganesh Chaturthi is specially associated with Telegu speaking people. In Philadelphia, Ganesh festival is celebrated by the funds fully contributed by public. The 10 day event is marked by colourful procession, cultural and devotional events and weekend carnivals.
In addition, Ganesh Chaturthi is also celebrated in Canada, Mauritius and some other parts of the world.