India is a hub of festivals. One of these colourful festivals is the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi – The most loved festival in India. Indians await this festival throughout the year. This year, in 2022, Ganesh Chaturthi will fall on August 31st and last till the 9th of September. As it is a 10-day festival, people celebrate it from the fourth day of the sixth month in the Hindu Calendar i.e. Bhadrapad.
Ganesh Chaturthi – Worldwide celebration
Although the whole country observes this festival, Maharashtra celebrates Ganeshotsav most enthusiastically. Ganesh Chaturthi is also marked by the Hindu communities residing in countries like Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Suriname, Fiji, Mauritius, South Africa, the United States, and Europe. The Shri Maharashtra Panchayat is a Maharashtrian organisation in Karachi that organises Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations in Pakistan. It is phenomenal that Ganesh Chaturthi Festival reaches different parts of the world!
According to Mythology, people believe that Ganesha was born on this day. The festival honours him as the Deity of New Beginnings and Obstacle Clearing and the god of Knowledge and Intellect. Popular legends claim that Goddess Parvati gave birth to Ganesha by making a murti out of the turmeric paste applied to her body. Shiva blessed him that he will be worshipped above all other gods forever. And that’s the reason, God Ganesha is given immense importance and love, even today. People pray to Ganesha before every new beginning, before everything, and above all.
Celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi before Independence
Although Indians celebrate this festival since ancient times, during the British Raj, the festival had lost its public charm. It was celebrated inside the houses where women made Ganesh Murti out of Clay and then worshipped it and did its Visarjan on the 10th Day.
Shri Lokmanya Tilak revived it to its original grandeur by opposing the British Government’s laws against a public assembly. And now, till today it’s the biggest festival in this country. It has always brought different religions, castes and communities together!
Celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi in 2022
The public celebration goes on for 10 days. Before the first day, devotees organise the Murti Aagman where people bring their Ganesha idol to Homes, Public Mandaps, Pandals and Societies. Proper muhurta time, pooja and lots of folk dances, community gatherings of celebration, DJ music, dhols take place. The Mandap is beautifully decorated beforehand. Women celebrate Hartalika and Gauri Festival where they wear traditional Silk Sarees such as Kanjeevaram, Pathani and Banarasi Silk Sarees. Julahaa Sarees is the best Sarees Manufacturer in India.
Devotees pray to Ganesha’s idol twice; once during the morning and later during the night. People offer Modak, Sweets, Karanji and a type of young grass called Durva to the Murti. Then, the devotees carry out prayer and pooja according to Muhurat and with Sanskrit chantings and Mantras to please Ganesha.
Visarjan plays a vital role in the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi. After 10 days, Ganesh Chaturthi comes to an end by immersing the Murti of Ganesh in water and bidding him a GoodBye saying “agle baras tu jaldi aana”.
During the 10 days, people celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi in different ways. They organise competitions on a societal level, Fancy Dress, Theatre, Nukkad Natak, Mehendi, Drawing, Thali Decoration, etc. Women and girls wear Traditional Julahaa Silk Sarees like Paithani Julahaa Silk Sarees, Kanjeevaram Silk Sarees and Banarsi Silk Sarees.
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