GANESH CHATURTHI – Festival of Auspicious Beginnings and Prosperity

Ganesh Chaturthi –  The birthday of Lord Ganesha is celebrated in the month of September or October with great vivacity.The festival is believed to proliferate- happiness, good luck, and prosperity among all and is solemnized with highest level of celebrations. Lord Ganesha is worshipped first among all dieties in any of the Hindu rituals and is invoked at thebeginning of a venture or journey. This is believed to bring good luck for the new endeavors. While the festival is celebrated allover India, it is more observable in the states- Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Goa. Ganesh Chaturthi lasts for ten days which also include the tradition of Ganesh Visarjana, where the statue of Lord Ganesha is immersed in a river or sea -symbolizing the lord taking away the sorrows of the devotees. The chants- “Ganpati Bappa Moreya” boost the electrifying atmosphere.

The huge public celebrations of the festival are widely anticipated with the local communities vying each other for putting the largest statues of Lord Ganesha. Outside India, the festival is quite popular marking the richness of Hindu culture. Indian movies have always shown Ganesha Chaturthi as a grand ceremony. Ganesh Chaturthi in short is a truly majestic festival.

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