Why we celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi

Lord Ganesha is one of the most endearing Hindu deities. The son of Shiva and Parvati, Ganesha is symbolic of knowledge and prosperity. He is worshipped as the harbinger of auspicious beginnings and the destroyer of obstacles. In India, Ganesh Chaturthi is observed to celebrate the birthday of the deity. It is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi. The ten-day long festival of Ganesha Chaturthi is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm and devotion by the people.

One cannot say for sure when exactly the ritual of Ganesh Chaturthi celebration started in the country. But it is one of those festivals that are observed across the country. So, what is it significance of Ganesha Chaturthi and how is it celebrated? We reveal to you the answers in this article.

Significance of Ganesha Chaturthi

Ganesha is widely revered as the god of intellect, wisdom, fine arts, and literature. He is worshipped as the god of beginnings. People offer their respect and reverence to the deity before starting any ceremony or new work. The significance of Ganesha Chaturthi lies in the fact that Ganesha is believed to bring about success in new ventures and prosperity in life. People believe that worshipping Ganesha at the start of any endeavour enhances their chances of being successful in it. The god is also invoked to obtain wisdom and gain happiness in life. Ganesha Chaturthi offers people a grand chance to celebrate the benevolence of their much-beloved god and seek his blessings for all the activities to be carried out throughout the year.

Celebration of Ganesha Chaturthi

Ganesha Chaturthi is celebrated on the fourth day of the month of Bhadrapada, as per the Hindu calendar. According to the Gregorian calendar, the festival usually falls in the month of August or September. The celebrations of the Ganesha Chaturthi festival involve a lot of fervour and delight.

The festival starts with the installation of clay idols of Ganesha in the homes of people and at public pandals. People decorate their houses, wear new clothes, and welcome the god into their homes and hearts. For the next ten days, the festival is observed by chanting of prayers and Vedic hymns, offering and distribution of prasad, and keeping fasts for the deity. Modak is considered to be a favourite sweet of Ganesha and it is invariably included in the offerings to the god. On the tenth day, the idol is carried out in a procession and immersed in a nearby water body. This marks the end of the ten day festivities related to Ganesha Chaturthi. People believe that when the clay idol of Ganesha dissolve in the water, the god returns to his heavenly abode and await his return the next year.

How to find a pandit in Bangalore to perform Ganesha Chaturthi Puja

Ganesha Chaturthi is not only about the festivities and merriment. It is also about paying homage to the god and performing puja by following all the rituals correctly. There are several things that are a must for observing the Ganesha Chaturthi puja. These include panchamrit, madhuparka, camphor, coconut, betel leaves, sandal wood paste, and a host of other things. Certain rites and rituals must be followed to perform the Ganesha Chaturthi puja.

You need to consult a knowledgeable pandit who is well-versed with the Ganesha Chaturthi puja rituals. If you are not sure where to find a reliable pandit for the rituals, you can take the help of AadiShakti’s online platform. AadiShakti enables you to reach out to the most reliable pandits from all parts of India. This platform also allows for those who have a specific preference for pandit in Bangalore, South Indian or North Indian. With AadiShakti, you can get the best pandits to perform your puja with all dedication and devotion.

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