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    Want to know about the festival Ganesha Chaturti

    Ever wondered about the Ganesh Chaturti festival?Want to know how this festival is celebrated, its rituals, and kind of sweets used in the celebration? Here, on this page you can scroll through the information and great resolution to your queries.

    Actually I am very curious to know about the festival of Ganesha Chaturti.
    What kind of sweets will be prepared for this festival? And when will people be celebrating this festival? What is good about it, and what is bad about the festival? What are the customs of this festival and what are the Rituals?
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  • Ganesh in Hindu Religion treated as First God and He is prayed initially before starting any new venture for finishing the same without any hindrance.
    According to Story He is the son of Lord Shiva, once ate well and to control his belly he tied a snack as belt and start dancing. By seeing his fatty body,belly and dance the Incharge of Planet Moon laughed at Him. Angered on his mocking, Lord Ganesh cursed him for decreasing his charm. On his request to forgive, Lord Ganesh forgave him but since the given curse could not got back, Lord offered his diminishing charm as well increasing charm. By this only, we are getting 15 days bright increasing moon and 15 days brightness reduced moon. The fourth day from the full moon day, He declared, as His pleased day and that day of every month is special for Ganesh Pooja. On that day those who suffer from any domestic problem of any kind can pursue fasting and on the evening finish his/her vrat by seeing moon and ate small food(especially without any onion/garlic/non-veg) Normally the vrat dins the intercourse also to be avoided. (Though this is detailed in the formalities ritually, but proved scientifically that the having intercourse on such days will worsen the health as the persons have not eaten on the whole day of such vrat days - consuming onion/garlic/non-veg items are to be avoided as they are inducing the sexual interest and hampering the spiritual interest) Every Ganesh charthurthi the temple persons are conducting Ganesh pooja with performings of Ganapathi Homam, Abhishekam with milk etc., to the Ganesh Idol. This everymonth Chathurthi is considered as 'Shankad Har Chathurthi'. 30.08.2018 is considered as Maha shankad har Chathurthi.
    Beesides the chathurthi day, fourth day of Shravan month after No moon day, that is 3th September of this year (13.09.2018) is considered as Ganesh Chathurthi which is special for Ganesh Pooja. On this day, every house got decorated with mango leaves, Special pooja done to the Lord ganesh Idol (made of sand clay),crown flower garland,bermuda grass (dhoorva). This is to denote that the God Ganesh can be worshiped with simplicity. clay is commonly available,crown flower,bermuda grass available plenty on roadsides, As offer to this God is very simple just two banana is enough but in practice we offer on the day of Ganesh pooja with modak made of rice flour and sweet made with coconut and jaggary. Coconut is broken before him is to denote we open our heart to him and shown the white of our heart.
    Totally speaking every religion has some meaning of worship and we should honour them without commenting or mocking as they made only for our welfare. If we do not follow by mocking etc., the loss is only to us.

  • Ganesh, the son of Lord Shiva and Parvathi is one who removes obstacles and also one who grants intelligence. So it is the custom in Hindu religion to offer prayers to Ganapathi before doing any other puja and similarly, he will be worshipped before starting any work so that the work will be completed without any obstacles.
    Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated on Shukla Chaturthi of the Hindu month of Bhadra (generally falls between August and September). This festival is celebrated by Hindus with a great enthusiasm. People bring idols of Lord Ganesh to their homes and do worship. The duration of this festival varies from 1 day to 11 days, depending on the place and tradition. On the last day of the festival, the idols are taken out in a colourful and musical procession and immersed traditionally in water.
    There are two different versions of Ganesha's birth. One has it that Goddess Parvati created Ganesha out of dirt off her body while having a bath and set him to guard her door while she finishes her bath. Shiva who has gone out returned at that time, but as Ganesha didn't know him, stopped him from entering. An angry Shiva severed the head of Ganesha after a combat between the two. Parvati was enraged and Shiva promised Ganesha will live again. The devas who went in search of a head facing north of a dead person could manage only the head of an elephant. Shiva fixed the elephant's head on the child and brought him back to life.
    The other legend has it that Ganesha was created by Shiva and Parvati on request of the Devas,
    Modak, a special sweet dish prepared using rice or flour stuffed with grated jaggery, coconuts and dry fruits exclusively for this festival.
    It is the belief of the people that if we perform the puja on Ganesh Chavithi day, the whole year will be very fruitful and we will have the blessings of this God.

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  • As per the hindu mythology and tradition every puja starts with worshipping of Lord Ganesha. He is supposed to be the first to be remembered and thanked for his blessings to us which will help us to success in our work without any hindrances.

    The auspicious day for the Ganesha puja is considered on the fourteenth day of lunar phases starting from new moon day.

    Though Ganesha puja is very common in our country but in some areas the Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with much of fun and frolic.

    In this puja the idol of Lord Ganesha is placed at a central point in a community or in the temple and depending upon ones desire it is to be kept there for puja ranging from 1 day to 9 days. After the stipulated time the idol is to be submerged in sea or lake. In fact due to continuous puja and attachment with the idol the people become a bit sentimental and even start weeping on the last day when idol is to be submerged in the water body.

    In summary this is one of the festival which is observed with great puja, prasad distribution and community participation in singing bhajans and chanting mantras.

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  • If you are Maharashtra and follow their calendar then after Shravan Month when Bhadrapad Shukla four is when Ganesh Chaturthi celebrated. It is auspicious day because celebrated to honour God Ganesha's birthday.
    What you need to do?
    1. Do Pooja of God Ganesh Idol . Along with that cook Lord Ganesh favorite food Modak and put it in his Navedya. Navedya means Gods food. Give Prasad to everyone after Pooja.
    2. Idol of Ganesh has to be occupied with necessary items like Durva ( made up of grass leaves) , Janeva (Cotton made) ,Tilak ( Turmeric and Red Kumkum. Other decorations are optional.
    3. After Chaturthi, before Independence , Lokmanya Tilak and his associates started 10 days celebration of Ganesh festival to gather community people.
    4. Ganesh idol pooja can be done for 1.5, 3, 5, 7 days and till Anant Chaturdashi and same days are Visarjan tithi as well.
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  • Thank you for all for giving my question answers very politely. Thanks for your kindness.

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  • Glad to hear that you are keen to know about festivals of other religions. It is good to learn with an open mind about the traditional legends, holy books, and festivals of any religion. Answering you specifically

    A. What kind of sweets will be prepared for this festival?
    Bal Ganesh is always portrayed and known for his love for sweets and hence sweets form an important part of any Ganesh Chaturthi function big or small.
    The popular sweets are

    1.Modak. The modak can be either steamed one or the fried one. It has a central sweet filing and an outer wrap of thin rice flour based sheets.
    2.Puran Poli- popular in Maharastra, it looks a thin chapathi that has a sweet jaggery+lentil mix inside.
    3.Ladu(can be the classic motichoor-small grains like boondi or a coconut ladu).
    4.Shirkand- sweetned set thick curd dish
    5.In South India, we use Payasam and Sweet rava pongal.
    The other sweets into Karanji ( like a stuffed pastry of dry fruits and sweetened coconut flakes), patholi(steamed stuffed sweet rice rolls). Each region in India and the commercial sweetshops make many variants of the above that are unqiue to the various parts of India. You can visit any of your friends or just go shopping during Ganesha festival in your city and see the display in the sweet shops.

    B.And when will people be celebrating this festival?

    The week to ten day long festival start on the auspicious 4th da of the Hindu calender, this comes between the second part of August or the first part of September. This year it comes on 13th Septmeber 2018, last year it was on 25th August 2017. The celebrations range for a single day to 10 days. Many local areas in the villages, towns, and cities have a common pandal with a large idol of Lord Ganesh and daily poojas are offered.

    C.What is good about it, and what is bad about the festival?

    Like any festival of any religion, it brings in joy and a spirit of oneness in families, localities and community. It is a festival that ushers in Fortune, wisdom and success.
    There is nothing bad about it, some environmentalists would comment about the idols immersed in the smaller lakes, leading to pollution. This is also getting better with many people going for simple clay idols that do not pollute too much.

    C.What are the customs of this festival and what are the Rituals?

    The custom include bright decorations, idols of Lord Ganesh in various sizes, regular poojas, various types of sweets. Women and groups of small children try and visit as many houses where Ganesh festival is celebrated to invoke His blessings.
    In many states, one day is celebrated as Gowri pooja, to pray for Goddess Gowri or Parvathi, the mother of Lord Ganesh, usually a smaller idol of the devi is kept next to the Ganesh idol.
    On the last day, there is a procession by the local youths and people, then the Lord is immersed in a lake or a pond with a grand function that marks the end of the festivities.

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