Lord Ganesha elegantly explained how anger can overtake us, but it is our power to overcome it which in turn makes us a good human being.
Waah! Today is 22nd August and a very auspicious day. It is Vinayaka Chavithi, another name for it is Ganesha Chaturthi. For 10 days every year, this Hindus(mainly) celebrate this festival. According to the Hindu calendar, this festival arrives every year in Bhadra month which usually falls in mid -August to September, . Broadly, this day is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha.
People generally take the blessings of Lord Ganesha before any important work. The reason behind this is that Ganesha is known as God of wealth, knowledge, wisdom, and prosperity. Despite this, Lord Ganesha has 108 other names as well and some of them are – Gajanana, Vinayaka, Ek danta, and many more.
The celebration of this festival involves huge devotion all around the world. Talking about India, it has rejoiced majorly in Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Telangana.
Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati have two sons. One of them is Lord Ganesha. There are a couple of stories behind the birth of Lord Ganesha but the following is the most common one.
Ganesha was created from the dirt of Mata Parvati. It was to protect her in the absence of Lord Shiva. She gave him the task to guard the bathroom door. Meanwhile, Lord Shiva returned home, and unknowingly Lord Ganesha stopped him. Seeing this Lord Shiva became blood boiled and served Ganesha’s head after a tiff between the two. After hearing his son’s beheading Mata Parvati turned furious.
In turn, Lord Shiva promised to bring back Ganesha to life. Then devas went in search of a child sleeping and facing North. Unfortunately, they only managed to find out an elephant’s calf head. Therefore, Shiva fixed the elephant’s head on the child’s body. This is how Ganesha was born.
Legends have highlighted that the people who pray to Lord Ganesha in turn are free from their sins.
Despite this, they will lead a path of wisdom and knowledge.
Since Shivaji’s time, its jubilation took place all around India. During the Indian freedom struggle, Lokmanya Tilak converted Ganesh Chaturthi from private celebrations to the public. The reason being, people can come, enjoy this festival and pray together.
Years passed, awareness grew among folks and hence they have started to enjoy it in a more eco-friendly way. Some people jubilate this festival in their homes while others visit Ganesha’s temples.
Lord Ganesha’s favorite dishes like Modak, Pooran Poli, etc. are made for visitors, family, and friends.
Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!!
Author: Pranshu Agarwal
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