Each year, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in India with great pomp and show. It is a festival close to everyone’s hearts because Lord Ganapati, also known as Lord Vinayaka or Lord Ganesha is considered to be the luckiest God in India. This writeup discusses the Ganesh Chaturthi information that we all seek.
Ganesh Chaturthi is also known as Vinayak Chaturthi or Ganesh Utsav in India. It is the date that marks the birthday of Lord Ganesha and the celebrations last for 10 days. Each year, the Ganesh Chaturthi falls on Shukla Paksha’s Chatuth Tithi and the last of the 10-day celebrations is the Ganesha Visarjana. On Ganesha Visarjana, idols of Lord Ganesha are immersed in water by the devotees.
It is undeniable that Ganesh Chaturthi is clebrated in all its glory all through India. But the celebrations that take place in Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Telangana are particularly unforgettable.
Ganesh Chaturthi information 2023 Date
In 2023, the celebrations for Ganesh Chaturthi will begin on 19th September and end on 28th September. Similarly, on September 19th, while Ganesh Puja Muhurat initiates at 11:01 am, it ends at 1:28 pm.
If we discuss the timings for Ganesh Chaturthi, it starts on 18th September at 12:39 pm and ends on September 19th at 1:43 pm.
The timings shared above are as per Drik Panchang.
History and Significance of Ganesh Chaturthi 2023
Lord Ganesha is known to be the God of happiness, prosperity, knowledge, and wisdom. The legend goes that Maa Parvati had used Sandalwood paste to create Lord Ganesha. Then as she took a bath, she left Lord Ganesha to guard the place.
At this time Lord Shiva was not present and was hence caught unaware of the arrangement. But, upon his return, he was taken by surprise to find Lord Ganesha outside the spot where Maa Parvati took a bath.
Now, Lord Shiva is furious because of Lord Ganesha’s denial of access to the place where Maa Parvati was taking a bath. Lord Shiva severed Lord Ganesha’s head.
When Maa Parvati sees this, she is infuriated and takes the Kaali’s Avtar. She threatens to end the world.
When Lord Shiva comes to know of this, he requests his men to get a child’s head whose mother is looking the other way. So, his men get a baby elephant’s head and pass it over to Lord Shiva.
This is the story of how Ganesha came to be recognized as the elephant headed God.
For all Hindus, Ganesh Chaturthi holds a tremendous bit of cultural and spiritual value. Lord Ganesha is the son of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva. He blesses his devotees with good fortune, success, and wisdom. And the devotees too seek lord Ganesha’s blessings before starting any new job, which could be employment, examination, or wedding.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2023 Celebrations
For celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi, people bring over idols of Lord Ganesha to their homes. This could be for a period of one-and-a-half days, three days, seven days, or ten days.
Ganesh Visarjan marks the end of the festival, wherein with a heavy heart, the devotees immerse the idols of Lord Ganesha in water. They wish for Lord Ganesha to return in the following year as well. We have attempted to compile the basic Ganesh Chaturthi information.
On the occasion of Ganesh Visarjan, large scale processions are carried out wherein people sing Ganapati Bappa Moriya, Punravarshi Laukarya.