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Celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi in Maharashtra, India

Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha, who is known as Lord Shiva's and Goddess Parvati's son. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Ganesha represents new beginnings and removes all obstacles.

Every year Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with full zeal and zest. The festival will take place from September 10 till September 21.

It must be noted that this festival is celebrated majorly in Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Karnataka. Devotees of these states celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi with full enthusiasm, and they even start preparing for this festival from months ago.

Generally, the festival begins with Pran Pratishtha of Lord Ganesha's idol. This is a ritual in Hinduism, wherein an idol is placed in the temple. Then, for the next 10 days, devotees of Lord Ganesha worship him and pray for prosperity. Devotees, at the same time, also offer Modak, which is a kind of sweet, to Lord Ganesha. On the last day of the festival, the idol of Lord Ganesha is immersed in a waterbody like a pond or a river, which is known as Ganpati Visarjan, with much glitz. This ritual marks the return of Lord Ganesha to his holy abode.

According to the Hindu mythology, it is believed that worshipping Lord Ganesha helps end all troubles and hurdles. This is the reason why he is also known as Vinayaka and Vighneshwara, both the terms mean “remover of obstacles".

Keywords: Ganesh Chaturthi, India, Hinduism, Festivals, Temples


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