Ganesh Chaturthi Festival Customs Rituals

Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi is a Hindu festival celebrated with pomp and splendor in different parts of India. Lord Ganesha is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and Ganesh Chaturthi is believed to be the birthday of Lord Ganesha.

Ganesh Chaturthi festival falls on the 4th day of the Hindu month of Bhadrapaada starting on the Shukla Chaturthi which is the fourth day of the waxing moon period. The date usually falls between 20th of August and 15th of September. The festival continues for 10 days, ending on Anant Chaturdashi. If chaturthi stays for two days then first day is observed. In 2020, Vinayaka Chavithi Festival date is on 22 August.

Ganesh Chaturthi Customs and Rituals

The preparation for the festival starts before ten days starting on the Shukla Chaturthi. Houses are cleaned and kept neat and tidy for welcoming Lord Ganesha and to attain the sense of purity. Clay models of Lord Ganesha are kept for sale and the height of the statues vary from ¾ inch to over 25 feet. The members of the house hold gather around the idol and perform the ritual by which the idol is said to be filled with life.

After the installation traditional puja takes place at the chosen time. During the puja, modak is offered to god along with flowers completing the ritual for the day. After puja is over there is the distribution of sweets offered to Lord Ganesha. Throughout the ten days the idol is worshipped with simple recitations of the devotional songs, offering of flowers and lamps along with sweets.

Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi Festival Customs and Rituals

Ganesh Chaturthi comes to an end on the tenth day where the idol is carried to a water source in the final procession accompanied by the chanting ‘Ganapati Bappa Morya’ and the idol is immersed in water.

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