Know About The Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi—or Vinayaka Chaturthi— is a ten day festival, held to honor the Hindu god of intelligence, Ganesha.

The day usually falls in the Gregorian months of August or September, and is observed with prayer, public and private display of Ganesha idols, the chanting of Vedic hymns, and fasting.

On the final day of the festival, an idol of Ganesha is carried in a public procession, and plunged into a nearby body of water.

When the clay dissolves, it is believed Ganesha returns to Shiva.

Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated across India, as well as Hindu diaspora countries like Nepal.

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HISTORY OF GANESH CHATURTHI

The birth of Lord Ganesha has two origin stories.

The first is that he was born while the goddess Parvati was taking her bath.

Ganesha — a child at the time, was asked by Shiva to guard the door while his partner Parvati finished her bath.

When Shiva returned later, Ganesh denied him access to his home, enraging Shiva and causing him to chop off Ganesha’s head.

Distressed and heartbroken by this incident, Parvati demanded that a new head be found for Ganesha.

All that was managed to be found was an elephant head, which was then placed on the body of Ganesha.

The second version is less popular, telling us that Ganesha was the conscious creation of Shiva and Parvati, upon command from greater heavenly entities.

Ganesha’s purpose was to block the path of demonic entities.

It is widely believed that Ganesh Chaturthi was celebrated for the first time when the Satavahana, Rashtrakuta, and the Chalukya dynasties ruled between 271 B.C. and 1190 A.D.

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