Celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi in India

‘Ganapathi Bappa Morya, Purchya Varshi Laukariya’, comes September and we all can hear these famous chants every year as the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi approaches. It is a hugely popular Hindu festival that brings people of all caste, creed and religion together. The celebrations are super fun and the spirit of love and essence of brotherhood is spread. The festival is celebrated in the honour of elephant head God Ganesh who is also known as Vinayak. In many parts of India like Maharashtra the festival is celebrated with much zeal and enthusiasm.

For the celebration people bring home Idols of Lord Ganesha and celebrate the festival by worshiping the Lord in a special way for a day and a half, 3 days, 5 days, 7 days or 11 days depending on the family tradition and commitment of each individual. A life-like clay model of Lord Ganesha is made 2-3 months prior to the day of Ganesh Chaturthi. On the day of the festival, it is placed on raised platforms in homes or in elaborately decorated outdoor tents for people to view and pay their homage. Coconut, jaggery, 21 ‘modakas’ (rice flour preparation), 21 ‘durva’ (trefoil) blades and red flowers are offered. The idol is anointed with red unguent or sandal paste.

Devotees splash water on an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, as it is carried for immersion into the Arabian Sea on the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai September 8, 2014. Ganesh idols are taken through the streets in a procession accompanied by dancing and singing, and later immersed in a river or the sea, symbolising a ritual seeing-off of his journey towards his abode, taking away with him the misfortunes of all mankind. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR45E4R

On the last day of worship the idol is taken out in a colourful and musical procession to be immersed traditionally at a beach. Ganpati is considered as the god of blessings and in Hinduism his blessings are seeked before all auspicious ceremonies, rituals and festivals. He is the one who can remove all obstacles to success and fortune. Ganpati is the herald of auspicious beginnings and is the beloved deity of all. The festival is observed during the Hindu month of Bhadra (mid-August to mid-September) to ark the birthday of Lord Ganesh and is one of the grandest festivals. This is also the best occasion to send gifts to your loved ones giving them greetings and good wishes for happiness and prosperity. MFT brings an all new divine gift collection available for online delivery.

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