Ganesh Chaturthi 2015 - The Festival of Lord Ganesha

Ganesh Chaturthi Festival 2015
Ganesh Chaturthi Festival 2015
Ganapathi
Ganapathi

Vinayaka Chaturthi Festival 2015

Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most popular and auspicious Hindu festivals. Ganesh Chaturthi also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi is the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the symbol of wisdom and remover of obstacles. This festival is also known as Ganesh Utsav which means festival of Ganesh. Lord Ganesha is also referred to as Ganapati, Gajanana, Vinayaka, Vighneshawar and Pillaiyar. This auspicious day falls on the 4th day of the bright fortnight of Bhadrapada (August-September). This festival is observed throughout India, as well as by devoted Hindus in all parts of the world. This festival is widely celebrated in Maharashtra,West Bengal,Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka, Tamilnadu and Andra Pradesh. This year this festival date falls on Thursday, 17th September 2015.

This festival lasts for 10 days starting with devotees bring home a Ganesha Idol and offer him prayers daily and ending on Anant Chaturdashi day. One can also see huge Ganesh Statues in every locality pandhals during the period which attracts huge crowds to see and worship this Elephant God. One of the best Ganesh Mandals in Maharashtra is the Lalbaughcha Raja in Mumbai which is one of the most popular among pandhal hoppers. However, these days more and more people are turning to eco friendly Ganesh Idols instead of Plaster of Paris to protect the environment. This Ganesha idols are kept for 10 days from Bhadrapad Shudh Chaturthi to the Ananta Chaturdashi and worshiped with rituals and mantras and then taken on the 11th day in a procession where devotees sing and dance before immersing Lord Ganesh idol to the water symbolizing the removal of all obstacles and misfortunes of his devotees and retuning to Mount Kailash to his parents. This ritual of immersing Lord Ganesh Statue is known as Ganesh Visarjan.

Ganesh Chaturthi Gifts and Idols

This Festival sees Organizations and Temple Committees vying with each other to put up the biggest statue and the best pandal. A popular sweet called modak which is a favorite of this Elephant God is made during the festival. Lord Ganesh is considered and auspicious God and a God who brings Good Luck and Fortune. This is why Hindus all over the World conduct Ganesh Puja on auspicious occasions like company inauguration, shop opening, housewarming ceremony etc to evoke this God. Fasting, Feasting sending Greetings and Distribution of Sweets are part of this festival. During this Festival many devotees and Organizations have the practice of giving Ganesh Chaturthi Gifts to near and dear ones or employees.

Some of the best or popular gifts given during the festival are Ganesh idols, Ganesh Rudraksha Beads, Gift Hampers etc. Those who want to send gifts to relatives and friends can also send gifts through Online Stores who deliver the Gifts along with Greeting Cards to mark the Occasion. May Lord Ganesha bless you all with health, wealth and happiness on this auspicious day!

Lalbaugcha Raja 2009

Lalbaug Ganapati Visarjan 2012

How to make an Eco friendly Ganesha Idol at home

Ganesh Chaturthi dates for years 2014 to 2020

 
 
 
2014
Friday
29th August
2015
Thursday
17th September
2016
Monday
5th September
2017
Friday
25th August
2018
Thursday
13th September
2019
Tuesday
3rd September
2020
Saturday
22nd August
Ganesh Chaturthi day and dates for the years 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

© 2010 Anamika S

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Ganesh Chaturthi is not very popular festival such as Navaratri, Krishna Asthami, or Shiva Ratri, but off course we celebrate Ganapati. I have seen Ganesh Chaturthi in South India, in Karnataka. It was a wonderful experience.


harini 5 years ago

thanks! it helped me to do my project well!


VIkesh Chouhan 5 years ago

Dear Anamika,

This is very nice, Happy ganesh Chathurthi to you.

Regards,

Vicky


shubhasish 5 years ago

hay ganesh chaturthi

may god bless us.


pawansharma 5 years ago

where nice Ganesha chaturthi


lady gaga 5 years ago

why do they build such big statues


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Thank you for this insight!


Uma07 6 years ago

I love this festival and do always look forward to it.It's so colorful and the whole atmosphere becomes pious once Lord Ganesha is brought home.Great hub and I like it when you bring on the Indian festivals.Thanks:)


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Anamika S 6 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India Author

Thanks Dinesh,Elena and Cliff for the comments.

@Lady_E The kids going to school get a 10 day Holiday... But for office goers the Holiday is limited to one day.


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killrats 6 years ago from Cape town South Africa

Sounds like a great time is had by all. Very interesting, Thank you.

Have a blessed day.

Regards,

Cliff


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

Happy Ganesh Festival - I enjoyed reading about it. I wonder if your Government gives some Public Holiday to you, as it lasts for 10 days....

Anyway enjoy. :)


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dinesh c bhatt 6 years ago from India (Noida)

Hi Anamika,

Happy Ganesh Utsav....Enjoy the festival feast and have fun....

May god bless you


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Anamika S 6 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India Author

A Happy Ganesh Chaturthi 2010 to you too jayb23!


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jayb23 6 years ago from India

Happy Ganesh Utsav Anamika. Just a suggestion, put some Ganesh photos. A must read hub for people who are unaware of Ganesh utsav!!!

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