Ganesh Chaturthi is a very famous festival of India and is celebrated by Hindus all over the world with full enthusiasm. This festival is also called as ‘Vinayak Chaturthi’ and is celebrated as birthday of Lord Ganesha, son of Shiva and Parvati. This festival falls in the month of Bhadra according to Hindu calendar which means mid-August to mid September according to Gregorian calendar. You can see the maximum grandeur of this festival in Indian state of Maharashtra where celebrations of this festival lasts for 10 days.

Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations:

People used to buy idols of Lord Ganesha before start of this festival. You can see Ganesh idols of different sizes available in market. After bringing the idol at home, people decorate it with flowers and lights. Then they worship Lord Ganesha using flowers, rice, coins, etc. After completing pooja, they offer sweets to their family members and guests.

Ganesh puja can be performed easily by saying Ganesh mantras and aarti with all family members or you can also call a priest to perform this puja. Aarti is performed in both morning and evening and after this, flowers, kumkum and haldi are offered to women. Prasad is distributed to all people present there. The special sweet dish prepared during the celebrations of Ganesh Chaturthi is ‘Modak’.

So, in this way, Ganesha is worshiped for 10 days, from Bhadrapad Shudh Chaturthi to Ananta Chaturdashi. On the nest day of Ananta Chaturdashi, Ganesh idol is immersed in sea or river by taking it through different streets of the city. People dance, sing and shout the final procession ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya’ while taking the idol towards the sea. It is believed that, with this Lord Ganesh takes away all the misfortunes of all man with him. so this festival is celebrated with full fun and zeal by all people.

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