22 August 2020 00:37
Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chavithi, is celebrated all across the country to mark the birth ceremony of Lord Ganesha. Worshipped as the God of wisdom and new beginnings, he is the son of Lord Shiva and a Goddess Parvati. As per the Hindu calendar, the festival is held in the month of Bhadra i.e. in the month of August and September and this year, the grand celebration of the 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi will start on August 22.Besides being celebrated to mark Lord Ganesha's birth, the festival is also associated with an instance in the Hindu mythology. Following the making of Baby Ganesha by Goddess Parvati with the help of sandalwood paste, the goddess asked him to guard the entrance of the place where she had headed to bathe. Seeing the heartbroken reaction of Goddess Parvati, Lord Shiva instructed his followers to search for the head of the first living creature that they notice so that they could replace it on Ganesha's body.
Therefore, they brought back the head of a baby elephant and that's how lord Ganesha came back to life.On the day of the festival, people mark the occasion by installing idols of Ganesha at their homes, temples or in elaborate pandals. Lord Ganesha is worshipped during the festival and people offer prayers along with prasad, which is later distributed amongst people. But considering the continuing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, wide numbers of Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations were cancelled all across the country.However, you can always send your loved ones, family and friends, beautiful greeting card images to wish them on this auspicious occasion of Vinayaka Chavithi.Wishing you happiness as big as Ganesh's appetite,Life as long as his trunk,Trouble as small as his mouse,Moments as sweet as modaks.Sending you wishes on Ganesh Chaturthi!Mushikavaahana modaka hastha,Chaamara karna vilambitha sutra,Vaamana rupa maheshwara putra,Vighna vinaayaka paada NamastheHappy Ganesh Chaturthi!May Lord Ganesh bring you good luck and prosperity!Happy Ganesh ChaturthiMay the destroyer of evil grace you withpeace and love;And blessings be showered upon you fromheaven up above!Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!Lord Ganesha bless you with the treasure of health, wealth, and happiness.Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!Lord Ganesha is our mentor and protector.May he enrich your life,And removing obstacles from your life!Happy Ganesh Chaturthi! It is strongly believed among devout Hindus that it is inauspicious to move the home altar and images of God placed in it from place to place. Ganesh devotees seem to have succeeded in bringing him to the U.S. and other countries, and once he arrives on Ganesh Chaturthi day, he reigns over the week-long or ten-day long festivities.
Ganesh festival, like other festivals, is a happy occasion for Indians in the U.S. as it offers relaxed times when one can speak Indian, dress Indian, eat Indian food and go to temples and mingle with other Indians. Every year in the U.S., Ganesh celebrations take place in California cities of Los Angeles, Seattle, Fremont and Concord, in Houston and Chicago. In New York, the Maha Vallabha Ganesh Temple in Flushing holds a beautiful Ganesh festival each year with crowds of parents and children dressed in festive Indian clothes, bringing gifts of flowers and going back with free "prasadam" from the temple. The evening "aarati" is a visual treat for first time visitors as a team of priests swerve tall brass lamps, after which a smaller Ganesh image is carried for an outing around the whole temple. This year, most regular activities of the festival held August 14 through 22, were virtual. "Ganesh Utsav" was held in Bellerose, New York, on a grand scale for the past two years. Held at the YMCA grounds with free parking, the festive 14 feet tall image was in one tent, while in another, activities and talent competitions went on through the day. "Visarjan" or symbolic immersion of a small image took place in a tub of water. Ganesh festival was a public event for many years in Pune after Shivaji's Maratha wars with the Mughals. For Maharashtrians today, Ganesh is their dear God who grants all wishes, is kind and protective, and removes all obstacles in one's path. True to the story of his repentant father Shiva's promise to his mother Parvati distraught at her son's elephant head, Ganesha is always first worshipped at the beginning of any and all work and Hindu rituals – going to school, marriage, opening a new business, starting a new job, etc. In Mumbai which boasts more than 150,000 Ganesh images annually, "Lalbaug cha Raja" is the most famous and much loved. Established in 1934 wearing customary fisher folk clothes, the particular temple image is believed to fulfils one's wishes and desires, as he did for the Koli community in Lalbaug. During the ten days of the festival, symbolic of Ganesha's visit to the earth with this mother, terracotta images of Ganesh are installed in homes, and offerings are made of "modaka" or "laddoo" along with other festive meals. In Maharashtra, festivals are held on very large scale in huge tents and stages with tall images of Ganesh. These public festivals are funded by neighborhood community. He is then carried to the ocean to be immersed in the Arabian Sea. Individual homes host Ganesh for one, one and a half, five or seven days. Maharashtra also celebrates festivals of Hartalika with fasting by women and the Gauri, whose images are also installed. Images begin to get created after "padya pooja" or worship of the feet of Ganesh ranging from less than an inch tall to 60 or 70 feet tall. Beside Maharashtra, Ganesh is clebrated all over India, in Goa, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Telangana, Odisha, West Bengal, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh and in Tamil Nadu. Ganesh Chaturthi or "Chavath" in Konkani language, begins one day early in Goa where traditional ocean-front Konkani celebrations are performed with accompaniment of musical instruments such as ghumots, "taal" or creash cymbals, and pakhvaj, a barrel-shaped two headed drum. In Andhra Pradesh, Ganesh Chaturthi marks the beginning of the "brahmotsavams" at Varasidhi Vinayaka Swamy Temple in Kanipakam. The remarkable thing about this 21 day festival is the daily outing of the image in different vehicles. Individual homes have Ganesh image made of clay and turmeric. Tamil Nadu celebrates "Pillayar Chaturthi" or "Vinayaka Chaturthi" with worship of images of Ganesh. In Kerala the festival, "Lamboodhara Piranalu", is marked by a public procession. Ganesh festivals are also held in Nepal, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Fiji, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Canada and the United States. Indians in the U.K. have been celebrating the Ganesh Chaturthi for many years with usual festival activities, while in France, Indians have been holding a public Ganesh procession every year since 1995.