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Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi

By: Hari Prasad Doddi On: 2015-05-28 Category: Festivals Views: 1247
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Ganesh Chaturthi celebration honours the birth of the adored Hindu elephant-headed god, Lord Ganesha. The festival, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi

The festival is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada, starting on the Shukla Chaturthi, the fourth lunar day of the waxing moon fortnight. The date usually falls between August and September. The festival lasts for 10 to 12 days, ending on Ananta Chaturdashi.

The beginning of the celebration sees tremendous, intricately made statues of Ganesha installed in homes and podiums, which have been particularly built and perfectly enriched. Toward the end of the celebration, the statues are paraded through the streets, joined by much singing and dancing, and after that submerged in the sea. 

Legand:

Traditional Ganesha Hindu stories recount Lord Ganesha, child of goddess Parvati, who is consort of Lord Shiva. Parvati made Ganesha out of sandalwood paste that she utilized for her shower and revived the figure. She then set him the errand of guarding her entryway while she showered. Lord Shiva, who had gone out, returned and as Ganesha didn't have any acquaintance with him, didn't permit him to enter. Ruler Shiva got to be irritated by this and requested that his devotee Ganas to teach the child some manners. Ganesha who was intense, being conceived of Parvati, the epitome of Shakti, defeated Shiva's followers and declared that no one was permitted to enter while his mother was showering. The sage of heaven, Narada alongside the Saptarishis detected the growing turmoil and went to appease the kid with no results. Enraged, the lord of Gods, Indra assaulted the kid with his whole superb armed force yet even they didn't stand a shot. By then, this issue had turn into a matter of pride for Shiva. Furious Shiva separated the head of the child. Parvati seeing this got to be chafed. Seeing Parvati in annoyance Shiva guaranteed that her child will be alive once more. Devas hunt down the head of dead individual confronting North however they discovered just the head of a dead elephant. They brought the head of the elephant and Shiva settled it on the child's body and breathed new life into him back. Lord Shiva declared that from this day the kid would be called Ganesha (Gana Isha : Lord of Ganas).

According to the Linga Purana, Ganesha was made by Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati at the solicitation of the Devas for being a Vighnakartaa (obstruction maker) in the way of Rakshasas, and a Vighnahartaa (hindrance averter) to help the Devas accomplish achieve the results of their hard work.

 

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Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganesh_Chaturthi

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