India is a land of diversity. We, as Indians celebrate each and every occasion with great pomp and glory and that is what contributes to our happiness. We love to share and celebrate! Well, the festive Eve has started and with the Ganesh Chaturthi signing in this festive season, we can now say that the Durga puja and the Diwali are not too far anymore! Just like Durga puja is famous in the state of West Bengal, in the same way, Ganesh Chaturthi drives the Maharastrians crazy! Big idols are being worshipped everywhere and it is certainly one of the biggest occasions for people out there!
Talking about the Ganesh Chaturthi celebration, Ganesha is considered to be one of the most adorable of all Gods. His favourite sweet is ‘laddu’ and ‘modak’ and with that, people prepare such stuff as ‘bhog’ or what is later served to the disciples as ‘bhog’. Well, it is basically a 10 days celebration that is held by people across the nation with great fervour. This festival is also known as Vinayaka Chavithi. It is believed that he is a symbol of wisdom, good faith and prosperity. Apart from that, he is also recognised as the destroyer of evils and bad spirits. Thus, he is also known as the Vignaharta.
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Vinayaka Chaturthi 2019 falls on Chaturthi thithi (fourth day) of Shuklapaksha (waxing phase of the moon) in the month of Shravana (August – September). Here is the full details of the puja muhurat:
Madhyahna Ganesha Puja: 11:05 am to 01:36 pm
Duration – 02 Hours 31 Minutes
Ganesha Visarjan on Thursday, September 12, 2019
Time to avoid moon sighting – 08:55 am to 09:05 pm
Duration – 12 Hours 10 Mins
Chaturthi Tithi Begins – 04:57 AM on Sep 02, 2019
Chaturthi Tithi Ends – 01:54 AM on Sep 03, 2019
This occasion is basically a 10 days Eve wherein people welcome Lord Ganesha in their homes on 2nd of September and it will continue till 12th of September when he will be bidden with a goodbye and people tend to denote that by submerging the idols in water.
Talking about the Virat Vidhi and the staphana, on the occasion of Ganesh staphana, the families usually wake up early in the morning and then, they tend to take a bath as well as prefer to clean their houses and set up the altar. Then the idols are brought into home and are installed on the pedestal. The household people prefer to bring the idols either of stone or of clay. Well, this is not just a festival to be celebrated by the families, people who own shops also celebrate the occasion with equal zeal and enthusiasm. The 10 days of the festival usually spend by narrating stories of Ganesha, singing songs and chanting Ganesh mantra. Also, people tend to call a purohit and participate in the aarti during the evening.
Ganesh chaturthi is having the main highlights of offering Durva grass and Arka flowers and modakam (rice ball stuffed with sweet) to the idols. Welcoming Ganesha on the very first day commences with a special ritual called the Avahana. With the ceremony going through, the devotees tend to spend the day with worshipping the idol and it is believed that the Lord Ganesha will be blessing the homes and families or the businesses for happiness and prosperity.
People even do a lot of fasting during the occasion. The fast usually starts from dawn and it continues till the dusk. The devotees can either opt for having a nirajal vrat (waterless fast) or the phalahar vrat. Other than fruits, they can even have sabudana khichdi, curd and rice. The devotees can also consume sweets including ladoo, gajak and rewari. However, consuming any non-veg food and alcohol is strictly prohibited.