Ganesh Chaturthi 2017
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The date of Ganesh Chaturthi in 2017 is August 25. Also known as Vinayaka, Lord Ganesha is the God of Wisdom and Prosperity. Every year, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated to commemorate his birthday. This day is observed on the 4th day of Shukla Paksha in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada. Ganesh Chaturthi is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, Ganesh Chauth, etc. AstroSage brings you more on the celebration of Ganesh Utsav. Read on...
Lord Ganesha: The Epitome Of Wisdom
Lord Ganesha is considered as the prime god to worship before starting any new venture or task, as per the Hindu customs.
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Lord Ganesha is also known as ‘Vighnaharta’ or “Vinayaka”, meaning the Lord of obstacles. Lord Ganesha is also considered as the God of knowledge and wisdom. It is believed that one can get great wisdom and become wise enough to know good from bad by remembering and praying to Lord Ganesha. This Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi, think of Vinayaka and pray to him so that he showers his blessings on all of us. In the Hindu mythology, it is a belief and ritual to start any work or task by chanting Ganesha Mantra and remembering Vighna Vinashak.
Chant this Mantra and witness the change and feel the wisdom in your life.
Sri Ganesh Mantra
वक्रतुंड महाकाय कोटिसूर्यसमप्रभ।
निर्विघ्नं कुरु मे देव सर्वकार्येषु सर्वदा॥
The curved elephant trunk, the huge body, thy brilliance is equivalent to the Sun
You are the God who removes all the obstacles, always helps in accomplishing our tasks ||
How To Celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi?
The celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi lasts for a period of 10 days and ends on Anant Chaturdashi (the tenth day), where Lord Ganesha’s idol is submerged in water. This ritual of submerging the idol in water is known as Ganesh Visarjan. The ritual takes place with a big crowd taking the idol to the nearest water body, with songs, dance and music throughout the way.
- Observances: Worshipping of Lord Ganesha, Prana Pratishtha Puja, enthusiasm, feasts, Ganesh Visarjan (immersion of Lord Ganesha’s idol).
- Type of Holiday: Religious Holiday
Ganesh Chaturthi In 2017
Like every year, this year also, the of festival of Ganesh Chaturthi will be a grand affair all around the country. This year, Ganesh Chaturthi will be celebrated on August 25, 2017. Festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is most widely celebrated in the state of Maharashtra; especially in Mumbai and also the South states like Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh. The celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi lasts for a period of 10 days and ends on Anant Chaturdashi (the tenth day), where Lord Ganesha idol is submerged in water. This ritual of submerging the idol in water is known as Ganesh Visarjan. The ritual takes place with a big crowd taking the idol to the nearest water body, with songs, dance and music throughout the way. Ganesh Visarjan and the complete Ganesh Utsav is an eye catchy event especially in Mumbai, India. People from all over the country gather to witness this spectacular event.
Lord Ganesha is worshiped as the one who solves all the problems and relieves us from distress. It is believed that there is no question that he can’t answer. You can also share your thoughts and doubts with Lord Ganesh and seek a solution.
Click here to reach him: Ask Ganesha & Get Your Answers
Hope the Lord of Wisdom, Ganesha answers all your questions.
As Lord Ganesha is one of the most loved gods. Lord Ganesha has been given several names by his devotees and by other gods & goddesses because of his deeds; to name a few, Lambodar, Vinayak, Ganpati, Ganesha, Vighnaharta, Vighna Vinashak, Ekdant and many more. Lord Ganesha is known by these names throughout the country and globe. Before we celebrate this Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi, let us first know the real story of the birth of Lord Ganesha, as his birth marks the beginning of Ganesh Utsav.
Why Is Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrated?
As per the Hindu mythology, numerous stories have been narrated with the birth of Lord Ganesha. This year, when you celebrate the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, you would know how Lord Ganesha was born and how Ganesha’s birth is celebrated throughout the country and globe.
As we all know that Lord Ganesha is also called the Elephant Headed God, but do we all really know why he is having a face of an elephant.
AstroSage brings to you the story behind the Vinayaka’s elephant face.
Lord Ganesha, the son of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva, was crafted by Goddess Parvati from the sandalwood paste, which she used for bathing. Post the formation of a child like idol, Goddess Parvati respired life in the structure. Goddess Parvati, went to take bath and instructed Ganesha to guard the door. As advised, Ganesha guarded the door. When Lord Shiva returned and asked the child to let him go inside and open the door, Vinayaka refused as he was not aware who was Lord Shiva. Various other gods requested Ganesha to allow Lord Shiva inside, but he denied. This resulted in the battle between gods and Ganesha. With this, Lord Shiva became angry and cut off the head of Ganesha. Hearing this, Goddess Parvati became very annoyed and asked Lord Shiva to restore the life of her son Vinayaka. On this, Lord Shiva with the help of other Gods, replaced the head of Lord Ganesha with an elephant’s head. Since then, we all know and remember Lord Ganesha as an Elephant Headed God.
Vinayaka or the Elephant Headed God is worshiped with a lot of devotion, enthusiasm and dedication by his devotees. This Ganesh Chaturthi will witness the same festivity across the country.
Before we go ahead and tell you how Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in various parts of the country and globe; also what you can expect this Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi; let’s first know how the festival of Vinayaka Chaturthi or Ganesh Chaturthi was celebrated in the past.
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Ganesh Chaturthi Celebration In History
The Ganesh Utsav has been an event of celebration since the time of Maratha Empire & Peshwas. During the rule of Chhatrapati Shivaji, Ganesh Chaturthi was celebrated as a public event till the time of Peshwas’ rule. Post the fall of the Peshwas, the festival turned out to be a family affair.
But, social reformer Lokmanya Tilak changed the festival celebration from family affair to a festival of masses. The reason behind the celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi as signified in the history was to bridge the gap between “Brahmins” and “Non Brahmins”, as Vinayak or Lord Ganesha was considered to be the God of Everybody. Since then, the festival became a 10 day affair where large Pandals were organised and the idol of Lord Ganesha was established. Various musical events, songs, dance and prayers were offered to Lord Ganesha. Post the celebration, the idol of Lord Ganesha was submerged in water.
Thus, the Elephant Headed God Ganesha, who loves Modaks, Laddu (sweet Laddu) and whose Savaari or Vahan (vehicle) is Mooshak (rat), is being worshipped since ages. This Ganesh Chaturthi will again witness idols of Vinayaka with different colors and forms for the worshiping.
Since the ancient times, we have been witnessing the festivity of Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi. At AstroSage, we bring our readers more on the celebration throughout the country and globe.
Celebrations Of Ganesh Chaturthi In 2017
“Ganpati Bappa Maurya!” - One sound which will be heard throughout the celebrations of Ganesh Chaturthi. Vinayaka Chaturthi will be celebrated with great zeal, enthusiasm, love and devotion. The Ganesh Utsav will witness the idols of Lord Ganesha in various forms. Vinayaka or Lord Ganesha will be taken home and devotees will worship him day and night by offering sweets (Modaks, Laddu, etc.), flowers and Durva (grass), just to name a few. The Pandals will be set and priests will offer special prayers to Vinayak or Lord Ganesh during this 10 days Ganesh Utsav celebration. On the last day of Ganesh Utsav, Lord Ganesha or Vinayak Visarjan will take place.
Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi is celebrated in the various parts of Maharashtra, especially in Mumbai and Southern part of India specially in Pune. The Ganesh Utsav celebration in these states is a must watch.
We, at AstroSage, advise our readers to have the feel of Lord Ganesha in these areas and celebrate the festivity of Ganesh Utsav.
The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi will witness the participation of people from all over the country. People worship Lord Ganesha with full enthusiasm and joy. This year, worship Lord Ganesha with full devotion during Vinayaka Chaturthi or Ganesh Chaturthi, and seek Lord Ganesha’s blessings.
The Ganesh Utsav is not only celebrated in India, but also across the globe.
Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi is celebrated outside India in places like London, UK, USA, Canada, Malaysia, Philippines, Mauritius, and Singapore. Various events are organised and people participate in the celebration with full devotion and excitement. This Ganesh Chaturthi will also witness the same joy, happiness and complete dedication of devotees celebrating the birth of Lord Ganesha outside India.
During the celebration in Ganesh Utsav, certain important rituals are practiced to worship Lord Ganesha. This Vinayaka Chaturthi or Ganesh Chaturthi will again witness these rituals throughout various regions, countries, temples and homes. Let’s find out the rituals which we will again witness Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi, this year.
Let’s find out the rituals which we will again witness in 2017 Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi.
Ganesh Chaturthi Rituals
Lord Ganesha has been one of the favorite gods irrespective of any age. He is the one who grants all the wishes. Some of the rituals that are followed during Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi throughout the country and globe are as follows:
- Every year, an idol of Lord Ganesha is installed either in Pandals or at homes. A special ceremony takes place, which states the presence of Lord Ganesha into the idol. This special ceremony is given the name Prana Pratishtha Puja.
- Post the Puja, Lord Ganesha is worshiped and offered sweets, flowers, etc.
- Special prayers are offered day and night in temples or at home.
- Vinayak is treated as a guest and is taken complete care and offered love.
- On the tenth day, Lord Ganesha is submerged in water.
The birth of Lord Ganesha is known as Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi. In 2017, Lord Ganesha will again arrive and shower his blessing on us. This Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi when you share Lord Ganesha photos and sms with your loved ones remember Vinayaka and Lord Ganesha. Vinayaka will surely shower his blessing.
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AstroSage wishes all its readers a very Happy Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi!