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What is the reason behind the celebration of the Ganesha Chaturthi festival?

Date: 05 Sep 2016    Group: Religion    Category: Hinduism   

What is the reason behind the celebration of the Ganesha Chaturthi festival? Is it celebrated because it is the date of birth of God Ganesha? Is Ganesha Jayanti a different occasion or it falls on the day of Ganesha Chaturthi only? What is the philosophy behind immersion of the God Ganesha idol?
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Author: neelam joshi    07 Sep 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

Ganesh chaturthi is a festival celebrated to welcome lord Ganesha on his birthday annually so yes we can say that ganesha jayanti and ganesh chaturthi are the same thing.
According to hindu calanders this 11 day long festival and starts from the fourth day of the first fortnight (Shukla Chaturthi) in the month of Bhaadrapada and ends on 11th day I.e, anant chaturdasi with the immersion of idol of lord Ganesha in the river or sea.
Behind the immersion of lord their are many stories and it's up to the follower which story they consider right also many logical and scientific reasons.

Author: Alok Kumar    09 Sep 2016      Member Level: Silver     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated on the occasion of birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha. It is believed that Lord Ganesha was born to Mother Parvati on the fourth day of Bhadra shukla paksh that is Chaturthi. This day is celebrated by Hindus across the world as Ganesh Chaturthi. On this day investiture of Lord Ganesha idol is performed by devotees. 10 days long celebration starts on this day and on 11th day that is Caturdashi of Bhadra shukla paksha idol is immersed into the river/pond/sea. In ancient times clay was used to immersed in water with herb leaves used during pooja like tulasi, belpatra etc which was very useful for the water. One theory says that extra soil/clay in the bottom of the nearby pond was used to prepare idols and thus yearly cleaning of pond used to be done. Thus fresh water from pond used to come whole year.

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