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Vinayaka Chavithi 2017 - Vinayaka Chaturthi

Vinayaka Chavithi or Vinayaka Chaturthi is the birthday of Lord Ganesha

Vinayaka Chaturthi in 2017 is going to be held on August 25, Friday. Every year, festival of Vinayaka Chaturthi is celebrated on the fourth day of the bright half of the Hindu month Bhadrapada. Festival of Vinayaka Chaturthi starts ten days before the main day of festival. The main and last day of the 10 day grand Vinayaka Chaturthi festival is known as Ananta Chaturdashi.

Hindu festivals have always been complicated, so is Vinayaka Chaturthi. It is because Vinayaka Chaturthi comes in every Hindu month. However, the main Vinayaka Chaturthi is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha or Vinayaka. Let's know the dates of all the Vinayaka Chavithi in 2017.

Vinayaka Chavithi 2017 Dates

Chaturthi Date Day
January 2 Monday Vinayaka Chaturthi
January 31 Tuesday Vinayaka Chaturthi
March 2 Thursday Vinayaka Chaturthi
March 31 Friday Vinayaka Chaturthi
April 29 Saturday Vinayaka Chaturthi
May 29 Monday Vinayaka Chaturthi
June 27 Tuesday Vinayaka Chaturthi
July 26 Wednesday Vinayaka Chaturthi
August 25 Friday Ganesh Chaturthi
September 23 Saturday Vinayaka Chaturthi
October 23 Monday Vinayaka Chaturthi
November 22 Wednesday Vinayaka Chaturthi
December 22 Friday Vinayaka Chaturthi

Importance of Vinayaka Chaturthi

On Vinayaka Chavithi, the birthday of Lord Ganesha that is the biggest Vinayaka Chaturthi of the year, people worship Ashtavinayaka, 8 incarnations of Lord Ganesha. As per Hindu mythology, these 8 incarnations of Lord Vinayaka eliminated evils from Earth. Hence, he is the one who can eliminate all the negativities from your life. Vinayaka Chavithi celebration fetches the protection of Lord Ganesha to the devotees. It is believed that Lord Vinayaka visits Earth at the time of Vinayaka Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chavithi. Hence, devotees utilize the best of this time to enchant Lord Vinayaka or Lord Ganesha.

About Lord Vinayaka - Who is Lord Ganesha?

Another name of Lord Vinayaka is Lord Ganesha. He is the Lord of prosperity, wisdom and auspiciousness. Ganesh Purana Kridakhand explains about the various incarnations of Lord Vinayaka. Let's know a brief about it here -

Krita Yuga: Born as Mahotkata Vinayaka to Sage Kashyapa and wife Aditi. Mahotkata Vinayaka had a red complexion and 10 arms with a head of lion or elephant.

Treta Yuga: Born as Mayureshwara because of mounting on a Mayur (peacock). His complexion was white and had six arms.

Dwapara Yuga: Born as Gajanana with an elephant head, white complexion and four arms. He mounted on a mouse.

Kali Yuga: It is believed that it is the last era of human existence on Earth and Lord Vinayaka will be born as Naramuga Vinayagar. Naramuga means human head and as he will be incarnating with a human face he is named Naramuga Vinayagar. It is believed that Lord Vinayaka will be incarnating in Kalyuga because humans will go far from spirituality in this time and their connectivity with divinity will be close to extinction.

Legend Behind Vinayaka Chaturthi - How Was Lord Vinayaka Born?

The legend describes that Lord Ganesha was made by Goddess Parvati, consort of Lord Shiva. She made the body of Vinayaka with the sandalwood paste she used to use for bathing. Further, she made that sandalwood idol alive by breathing life into it. Goddess created him with the intention of making him guard the door while she was taking shower. While Lord Vinayaka was guarding the door, Lord Shiva approached Goddess Parvati's place. As he was unaware of Lord Shiva's identity, he tried to stop him. This made Lord Shiva furious and they started fighting with each other. Even Lord Shiva was unaware of Ganesha's identity. Lord Shiva detached his head from his body using his weapons. Suddenly, Goddess Parvati came out. Seeing the dead body of her son Ganesha she became furious and demanded his life back. Everybody was in awe to know that the boy was actually Goddess Parvati's son. All the Gods and Lord Shiva apologized for their sin. Further, Lord Shiva ordered other Gods to bring the head of a child whose mother would be sleeping facing her back towards her child. During search, they found a mother elephant sleeping while facing her back toward her child. They detached the head of the baby elephant and brought back to Lord Shiva. Further, Shiva placed that head on the body of Vinayaka. This is how Vinayaka was born again with elephant head and got a name - Ganesha from his father Lord Shiva. Since then, we know Lord Vinayaka as elephant headed Lord.

This was all brief on Vinayaka Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chavithi. With this article on Vinayaka Chaturthi, we hope you will make the best out of this beautiful festival. Happy Vinayaka Chaturthi..!

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