One of the most fun and pious festival, Ganesh Chaturthi beings today. The eleven-day long festival will begin end on September 21.
As per the Hindu calendar, Ganesh Chaturthi falls on the Shukla Paksha Chaturthi, which is the fourth day of the fortnight between the new moon and the full moon of Bhadrapada.
The festival marks the birth of Lord Ganesha and is celebrated with exuberance and enthusiasm in Indian states like Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, and Gujarat. The entire eleven days celebration is also called Ganesh Mahotsav.
As Ganesh Mahotsav starts today, President Ram Nath Kovind wished people and urged everyone to follow all the necessary Covid-19 guidelines. Taking it to Twitter, he wrote, “Ganpati Bappa Morya! Warm wishes to all the countrymen on the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. I wish that Vighnaharta Ganesha makes our efforts against Covid-19 successful and blesses everyone with happiness and peace. Come, let us all follow Covid rules while celebrating the festival.”
Hindus worship Lord Ganesha before starting any good work. Ganesha is the reflection of happiness, wisdom, and peace. Some people believe that worshipping Ganesha wholeheartedly resolves all the problems in life.
The celebrations of Ganesh Chaturthi are a grand affair. Idols of the god place in houses and decorated vibrantly. The decoration involves marigold garlands, mango leaves, balloons, and so on. In front of the idol a coconut, water pot, cardamom, roli, akshat, panchamrit are arranged while performing the rituals. Modaks and ladoos are prepared to offer bhog to Bappa. Apart from modaks and ladoos, basundi, kheer, rabri, halwa, and srikhand are also offered to Ganpati.
Devotees gather together for the puja and sing Ganesh aarti in front of the idol. The celebration involves dhol, nagada, and dance.