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

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    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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  • #138481
    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.

    "It is hardest thing in the world to be good thinker without being a good self examiner"

  • #138549
    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.

  • #139080
    Actually there is a rule that we should immerse the ganesh idol in the pond from which we take the clay to make the idol. In ancient days the ponds play an important role for water. By taking the clay from one pond makes it vast and deep which stores more water.

    And coming to pooja of ganesh we should use 21 leafs of different trees which have rich sources of medicine. While performing pooja every leaf is in contact with the idol which immediately receives those medical powers because it is formed by clay. And turmeric powder which is antibiotic. When we immersed in water these all values will be passed to water which is good for human and land also. And it gives unity among people in a place. These are the scientific and social values in ganesh chaturdhi.

    Finally i want to say one thing that we should follow them which are given by our great rishis without questing. Faith must be there. We neither question Einstein or Newton nor prove their theories individually but we follow them by reading books. A rishi is a far behind the modern scientist, isn't it?

  • #142372
    Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated on account of birth of Lord Ganesha. Ganesha is a son born to Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati.
    It is a festival celebrated for 10 days and then the idol is finally immersed in water.
    It depends on individuals when they want to immerse the idol. It varies from person to person and chooses to immerse the idol after 1.5 days, 3 days, 5 days, 7 days and 11 days.
    It is believed that lord Ganesha takes away all the worries and sorrows of the devotees and promises better future for the coming years.
    As far as Sarvajanik Ganesh Utsav is concerned, it was initiated by Lokmanya Tilak for better unity and bonding between people.

    Thanks & Best Regards,

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