Celebration of Ganesha Festival

1 Sep

Celebration of Ganesha Festival

Ganesh Chathurthi, the birth day of Lord Ganesha, falls on  fourth day of the moons bright fortnight in the month of Bhadrapada of the Hindu calendar. This festival is celebrated for five days, 7 days, ten days or 21 days varying based on  the local sentiments.

Birth of Ganesha

               The story of creation of Ganesha is a fascinating one. When Lordess Parvati was alone at home, she created a son for herself from the sandalwood she used for her bath. She instructed her son to guard her while she was bathing. On return of Shiva, the little son of Parvati stops Shiva from entering the house and Shiva gets furious at him and slashes the head of Ganesha. Later, Ganesha was given rebirth by giving life to the head of an Elephant. The details of the birth of Ganesha can also be found at the location  http://indianmythology.com/finish/seestory.php?storyID=24 .

Avoiding misfortune on Ganesh Chaturthi

                  Ganesha was very fond of food. There is an interesting story where the moon god laughs on seeing Ganesha with a huge stomach. As per the mythology, one needs to hear this story of Moon laughing at ganesha, on Ganesh Chathurthi to avoid running into a misfortune. The story can be viewed at http://indianmythology.com/finish/seestory.php?storyID=25 .

Race around the World

Lord Ganesha is also known as Vigneswara (the god who removes all obstacles). The story behind this is about a race between Ganesha and his brother Kartikeya. The one who wins this race was to be declared as Vigneswara – one who destroys all the problems and the one who is to be prayed before starting any deed. More details of the story can be viewed at http://indianmythology.com/finish/seestory.php?storyID=26  

                 After the puja, the statue of Ganesh is immersed in a water body like a lake. A popular belief is that this immersion of Lord Ganesh in water is done as a symbol of sending him to his parents Shiva and Parvati.  Yet another belief talks of the “anant” (neverending) promise of praying to Ganesh year after year.

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