Ganesh Utsav

Ganesh Chaturthi -

Ganesh Utsav

The Birth Anniversary of Lord Ganesha -

‘Ganesh Chaturthi’, also known as ‘Vinayaka Chaturthi’ or ‘Ganesh Chavithi’, is a ten-day festival to celebrate the birth of Lord Ganesha. The festival usually falls in the Gregorian months of August or September, and in the month of Bhadra according to the Hindu lunar calendar. The festivity of Ganesh Chaturthi ends after 10 days on the ‘Anant Chaturdashi’, also known as the ‘Ganesh Visarjan’ day. On this day, the idol of the Lord is immersed in water after a public procession.

Lord Ganesh is considered as the God of wealth, wisdom, and prosperity. Devotees consider Ganesha as the God of new beginnings and the divine force that helps in destroying obstacles.

The History -

According to a legend in the Hindu mythology, Goddess Parvathi created Lord Ganesha by using sandalwood paste in Lord Shiva’s absence and asked him to guard the house while the Goddess went to take bath. When Lord Shiva tried to enter the house, Ganesha was not allowing Lord Shiva to enter, and eventually, they both got into a fight. An enraged Lord Shiva then cut off the head of Ganesh. When Parvathi came out and saw the scene, she was shocked. Parvathi then turned into Goddess Kali and threatened to destroy the world in anger. Everyone got worried and asked Lord Shiva to find a solution, to calm the Goddess. Lord Shiva then ordered his followers to get the head of the first child they come across, whose mother negligently has her back towards her child. The Lord’s followers obeyed his orders and brought the head of an elephant’s child.  Lord Shiva then placed the elephant head on the body of Ganesha and helped him get his life back. Although Goddess Parvathi was overwhelmed, she was worried that her child might be mocked for his unusual appearance. She feared that nobody would worship a God with a human body and an elephant head. On hearing this, Lord Shiva invoked all the Gods and asked for their blessings. The Gods blessed Ganesha that he would be worshipped before anyone else at the beginning of any ritual or occasion. Thus, the tradition of worshipping Lord Ganesha before any other God is still followed by Hindus today, during any puja or ritual.

The Rituals -

The four main rituals that are performed during the festival are as follows:

  1. Pranapratishtha – While the idols of the Lord are decorated and installed at various homes and temples, priests chant mantras to invoke the life in the deity. This ritual is called as the ‘Pranapratishtha’.
  2. Shodashopachara – The ritual involves offering prayers to the Lord in 16 different ways. The ritual helps in purifying the mind and body by alerting the five senses of our body.
  3. Uttarpuja – During this ritual, devotees thank the Lord, ask for forgiveness, and request the Lord to remove all obstacles for their lives. Uttarpuja is performed before the Visarjan to bid farewell to the Lord.
  4. Visarjan – During The idol of Lord Ganesha is immersed in water during this ritual. This is performed to mark the beginning of the Lord’s journey to his heavenly home. This ritual symbolises the cycle of birth and death.

May the divine blessings of Lord Ganesha bring you and your family eternal bliss and peace. India Sajawat and Puja Hut wishes you and your family a happy Ganesh Chaturthi!