Commemorate the birth of Lord Ganesha - Sanjana Gurukul

Commemorate the birth of Lord Ganesha

Lord Ganesha is considered as the most prominent god in the Hindu pantheon. He is known for his elephant head and can be spotted in every Hindu household, as an idol in the pooja room, at the entrance of the house, on calendars.

Ganesha is worshipped by all the young and the old, the rich and the poor to invoke blessings, wisdom and prosperity. Ganesha is known as 108 other names. Vinayak is one among them which is known to all. Ganesh Chaturthi is also referred to, by people, as Vinayak Chaturthi.It is believed that Lord Ganesh was born during Madhyahna in the middle of the day. So mid-day is considered the most propitious time for Ganesh Puja, Idols of Lord Ganesh are brought home for Ganesh Sthapana and offered prayers and bhog every day for 10 days.

His story goes like this. He is made by the goddess Parvathi with bath powder and turmeric as a small and cute boy. She gives him life and keeps him as the gatekeeper while she goes inside to take bath and Lord Shiva comes back from a victorious battle and demands to go in. Ganesha who follows his mother’s orders does not let him in. Shiva gets angry and beheads him with his Trishul. Hearing the noises, Goddess Parvathi comes out and explains everything to Mahadev

Lord Shiva realizes his mistake and makes the little boy alive again attaching an elephant head to his body and blesses him as God of beginnings, and orders that everybody has to worship him before starting anything. Even the other gods come in and bless him with many boons.

From then started the ritual to honour Sri Ganesha at the start of any festival and ceremony and then proceed to the main function. It is also believed that if we worship Lord Ganesha before starting anything, he removes all the hurdles and helps us to complete the task without any troubles. He is also known as Vignahartha, the one who removes all hurdles.
Lord Ganesha is worshipped with 1000 different names and is the Lord of arts and sciences and the deva of wisdom. Every year we celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi on Shukla Chaturthi which is the fourth day of the waxing moon period in Bhadrapada month (falls in August or September as per the Gregorian calendar) by installing his idol and we do the Visarjan on the 14th day of the waxing moon period known as Anant Chaturdashi. These 9 days are celebrated as Ganesh Navrathri.
In India, the festival is celebrated at every nook and corner of the country without any differences. All over India, colourful pandals are set up and the Lord is worshiped for ten days. On the 10th day, the idol is taken in a grand procession and performed Visarjan, which is the immersion of the Idol in a river or nearby water body.
For the Visarjan, the idol of Lord Ganesh is immersed in water followed by a beautiful procession around the country. Ganesh Chaturthi 2022 will begin on 30 August at 03:33 pm and will end on 31 August at 03:22 pm. But the 10-day festival will continue till 9 September and the Visarjan will take place on the last day.

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