Tuesday, August 12, 2014

When is Ganesh Chaturthi in 2014

Ganesh Chaturthi vrat is observed on Krishna paksh chaturthi on every month. But Ganesh Chaturthi of shukla Paksha of Bhadrapad is considered to be the significant day and comes once in the year. It is strongly believed that shukla paksh of bhadrapad month is admired as birth of Lord Ganesha. This is the day when Lord Shiva announced lord Ganesha superior of Gods. But, Devotees are strictly forbidden to look at moon on the day of Ganesh Chaturthi. It means it is really inauspicious to look at moon on Ganesh Chaturthi of shukla paksh in the month of Bhadrapada.
The grand auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi in 2014 is on August 29. Ganesh Chaturthi is completely dedicated to Lord Ganesha - Lord of beginnings and wisdom, which falls on chaturthi of Shukla Paksh in the month of Bhadrapad (August-September). Lord Ganesha is also admired as creator and remover of obstacles. On the day of Ganesh Chaturthi, devotees observe fast and grandly worship Lord Ganesha. Like every year Ganesh Chaturthi in 2014 will also be celebrated on fourth day of waxing moon period in the Hindu month of Bhadrapad.
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Lord Ganesha is son of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva. Thus, worshiping lord Ganesh also help devotees to obtain blessings of Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati. With loud echo of drum or barrels, and with harmonious songs or bhajans, Lord Ganesha is praised on the day of Ganesh Chaturthi. With depth of heart people happily invite Lord Ganesha in their homes. Therefore, new statues of Lord Ganesha is brought and established in shrine place of home on the propitious day of Ganesh chaturthi. That statue is treated as 'Atithi' (Special guest) for ten or eleven days in home. Therefore, people heartily bestow proper homage to Lord Ganesha till his presence in home.On 11th day (Anant Chaturdarshi), the statue of Lord Ganesha is taken through the streets accompanied with beautiful dancing and melodious singing.
Mesmerizing new statues of Ganesha is brought and established in home. For establishing statue of Ganesha, decorate shrine place of home and establish first the wooden platform in north-east direction in home. Wrap the wooden platform with red piece of cloth. Put raw rice, wheat and flower in this wooden platform and establish statue of Lord Ganesha. Offer new cloth, mukut, kumkum, modak, pan, supari, janeu, roli, dubi ghas, blessed food, and fruits to Lord Gansha.

Ganesh Utsav is majestically celebrated from Ganesh chatruthi to Anant chaturdarshi. Every year on the day of Ganesha Chaturthi devotees install or establish new statues of Ganesha in shrine places of home or temporary structure mandaps (pandals).

Ganesh visarjan is performed on the 11th day from Ganesh chaturthi, and this day is known as Anant Chaturdarshi. 
People temporarily establish statues of Ganesha at home with the belief that God Ganesh will certainly bring immense happiness in home. With this belief they admire Ganesha as a special guest who came in home and thus they offer pleasant homage, innumerable offerings and serve him varieties of food. Modak or laddoo is very dear to Lord Ganesha. 
Considering Lord Ganesha is very fortunate, devotees heartily invite this deity at home. They offer homage with very pleasing manner till 10 days, and on 11th day the statue of Ganesha is taken through the streets for the purpose of immersion of statue of Gansha in water. With depth of heart, and with loud echo, devotees shout 'Ganapati Bappa Morya, Pudachya Varshi Laukar ya'. It means 'O Lord Ganesha, come again early next year'.

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