Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most celebrated Hindu festivals with long drawn celebrations and festivities every year. This festival marks the birth anniversary of the Hindu God, Ganesha who is believed to be the son of Lord Shiva and Parvati.
Almighty Ganesha, a god worshipped by millions of people around the world is considered to be the remover of obstacles, the patron of art and science and the God of wisdom and intellect. It is his birth; Hindu’s celebrate with great fervour, devotion and enjoyment every year.
On this day of Ganesh Chaturthi which is also called Vinayaka Chaturthi, devotees worship Ganesha idols, perform the aarti and offer prasad of fruits and sweets, especially modak, which is considered to be the most favourite of Lord Ganesha.
Ganesha Chaturthi is immensely popular in Maharashtra, where the festival was invoked by the Maratha ruler Shivaji and then reinstated by political thinker and freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak. Today, Ganesha Chaturthi is celebrated with a lot of pomp & show in Maharashtra along with some other states.
During the celebration, idols of Lord Ganesha are found in every home, in every corner, on the street as neighbourhoods come together to celebrate this auspicious festival. Every locality sets up its own huge pandal, with a huge Ganesha idol sitting content in the centre of it.
Cultural events, traditional rituals, musical events, folk and classical dances, poetry, competitions and more are stuffed into every second of these 10 days. Cultural events, traditional rituals, musical events, folk and classical dances, poetry, competitions and more are stuffed into every second of these 10 days.
This ritual is a reminder of Ganesha’s incredible wisdom and intelligence– one that is boundless and formless just like the water. It also signifies that nothing is permanent and evolution is inevitable.
– Kanishka Yadav
(VIDYA School Alumnus)