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"Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha Sharanam Ganesha"
"Lord Ganesha brings you health, wealth, wisdom & prosperity. Many people believe in Ganesha, and they believe his benevolence will help in enhancing their physical position in the World"
Chant his Mantra everyday and remove obstacles from your life.
India is a land of myths. Ganesh Chaturthi is a Hindu Festival celebrated across all over India. On this special occasion, people worship Lord Ganesha, the son of Lord Shiva and goddess Parvathi. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated on the Shukla Paksha Chaturthi of Bhaadrapada month which falls in August or September of every year (According to Gregorian Calendar). It is a 10-day festival that starts on Shukla Paksha Chaturthi and ends on Anant Chaturdashi of the Bhaadrapadha month. Ganesh Chaturthi is also called as Vinayaka Chavithi or Vinayaka Chaturthi.
People worship Lord Ganesha by setting his clay idols in their homes and streets. There is no proper evidence to show the origin of Ganesh Chaturthi, but according to Indian history, after Mughal-Maratha wars, Chatrapati Shivaji sponsored to celebrate the festival and hence, it turned out to be a major social event in India. After the beginning of the British Rule, the Ganesha Chaturthi celebration lost support and turned into a private family festivity in Maharashtra until its recovery by Indian opportunity warrior and social reformer, Lokmanya Tilak.
There are two distinct stories about the birth of Lord Ganesha. One has it that Goddess Parvati made Ganesha out of earth off her body while having a shower and set him to monitor her entryway while she completes her shower.
Shiva who has gone out, returned around then, yet as Ganesha didn't know about him, prevented him from entering. Lord Shiva was very furious and dis-mantled the head of Ganesha after a fierce battle between the two. Parvati was infuriated and Shiva guaranteed that Lord Ganesha will live again. Lord Shiva instructed the devas to search all the directions to get the dead mans skull. The devas who went looking for a head confronting north of a dead individual could oversee just the head skull of an elephant. Shiva replaced the dead elephant's head to the kid and brought him back to life.
The other portrayal is that Lord Ganesha was made by Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati on demand of Devas to help them against Rakshasas. Lord Ganesha’s role was to be a vighnakarta - Obstruction creator in the way of Rakshasas, and a Vignnaharta - Obstruction remover to help Devas.
As a foodie, Lord Ganesha was very fond of sweets. One ordinary day, one of his followers offered him sweets, and Lord Ganesha spent the entire day enjoying the delicious sweets. At the dawn of night, he started his way back home carrying all the sweets along with him. Accidentally he stepped over a stone, scattering all the sweets on the ground. As he delicately picked up each sweet, the Moon God started giggling at him.
Having seen this site, an embarrassed Lord Ganesha cursed the Moon God for laughing at him with all his pride. The Moon God apologetically turned towards Lord Ganesha, having sensed his genuine regret He offered forgiveness. Yet Lord Ganesha cursed the Moon God that he would no longer be full all the time, but would change its shape in the course of 15 days. As the Moon God made fun of him, Lord Ganesha declared that all those who would view the Moon on Chaturthi would be accused of false deeds and face troubles. Anyone accidentally viewing the Moon on that particular day, he or she would not have to face the accusations if they listen and recite the Syamantaka Mani story from the ancient Indian myths.
Lord Ganesha is one of the most prominent divinities in India. Normally, Ganesh Chaturthi is a significant undertaking in the nation. The preparations for Ganesh Chaturthi usually starts months in advance by collecting funds and donations from the public. Nearby Mandapas are subsidized either from donations by neighborhood occupants or facilitated by organizations or institutions. The Mandapas are decorated with lighting. Ganesh idols gets installed on the day of the festival and worshiped by devotes for 11days. After 11 days of puja , Ganesh idols brought to immersion in nearby lake or river or sea.
Ganesh Chaturthi puja items include Garland (Pulamala), Datura Flower (Ummetta Puvvu), Green Grass (Garika), Basil Leaves (Tulasi), Bean Leaves (Chikkudu), Prickly Chaff Flower (Uttareni), Jammy Tree ( Jammi Chettu), Oak Leaves (Sindooram), Oleander Leave (Ganneru), Banana Leave (Arati), Sodom Apple Leave (Jilledu), Deodar Cedar (Devadaru) etc.
*Telugu Names are mentioned in brackets ()
"Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated on Shukla Paksha Chaturthi of Bhaadrapada (4th day of Bhaadrapada) month which falls in August or September of every year.
"jay ganesh jay ganesh jay ganesh devamaata jaakee paarvatee pita mahaadeva tee jay ganesh ..ek dant dayaavant chaar bhuja dhaaree."
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