As we all know that the festival is just around the corner and the spirit and joy of festivity amongst the bhakts can be seen and felt in the Hearts easily for 10 days. Not only this but even the markets have lined up with the Soulful Music, Artistically decorated Idols and amazing shining lights all around the country.
Why is Ganesh Chaturthi is Celebrated?
The Hindu festival of Ganesh Chaturthi admires the elephant-headed Lord Ganesha having an image of holiness and purity. The new work begins or is initiated with the invocation of Lord Ganesha.
It is difficult to describe the glory and purity of Lord Ganesha by just words. A human body having elephant-head, huge belly which always craves for “MODAK” and a broken tusk, whichever way you look at him, he looks completely imperfection’s and incompleteness’s embodiment. This Vakratund-Mahakay with his artificial face and bellied body is the Lord and Master of Success and Perfection. Hard to fathom this mystery. Right? This Mangalmoorti signifies by his appearance that the completeness of God is something no poor soul can comprehend. It is neither our job nor we have the power to unveil this mystery. Our simple duty is to worship and pay homage to this power-house Elephant-headed God.
The festival is celebrated with huge joy and love for the God across several South-Indian states of India. It is a birth celebration of Lord Ganesha. Ganesha, who is worshipped and deemed as the Lord of auspicious beginnings, prosperity, happiness and remover of Obstacles and Negativities. The festival is a colorful and soul refreshing 10 day celebration which commences on the 4th day of Hindu Luni-Solar Calendar month Bhadrapad. This festival is seen breaking all the barricades of Caste, Creed and Color and bringing people together to celebrate the birthday, share and spread Love.
Breathtakingly beautiful Clay models of the God, created by the best of the Artisans around the country are seen in the market for sale. The 10 day celebration starts with the inauguration of clay models at homes and public places which are creatively decorated with Garlands, Flowers and latest items of decoration. Hymns and various Bollywood songs are played and sung and danced on in the praise and glory of the “VIghnaharta”. Each devotee is deeply engaged in the celebration and share happiness. Offerings such as FLOWERS, PRASAD and SWEETS are offered to the Lord and then distributed to the devotees. On the 10th Day, the idol is carried in a huge public procession with music and is immersed with an invitation of returning back next year. It is said and believed that the Lord returns to his parent’s home Mount Kailash to reunite with his parents Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Every year, this festival is celebrated in the grandest possible ways with one feeling amongst all the devotees towards the Lord. It brings out and reflects the inner beauty and brotherhood of the society, right from crafting of an idol, decorating the home and public places to the final immersion, every person, every hand joins together towards one to contribute and spread Love & Happiness.