Date of Ganesh Chaturthi 2023
Ganesh Chaturthi 2023 is celebrated on September 19, 2023. It is celebrated on the fourth day (Chaturthi) of the waxing moon (Shukla Paksha) in the month of Bhadrapada according to the Hindu calendar.
Celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi 2023
Ganesh Chaturthi is a ten-day festival that is celebrated with great pomp and enthusiasm all over India. It is especially popular in Maharashtra, where it is celebrated as a public holiday. During the festival, devotees install idols of Lord Ganesha in their homes, temples, and public pandals. The idols are worshipped with flowers, fruits, sweets, and other offerings. Devotees also sing hymns and mantras in praise of Lord Ganesha.
On the tenth day of the festival, the idols of Lord Ganesha are immersed in water bodies such as rivers, lakes, and the sea. This ritual is known as Visarjan. It symbolizes the return of Lord Ganesha to his abode in Mount Kailash.
History of Ganesh Chaturthi
The history of Ganesh Chaturthi can be traced back to the 17th century. It is believed that the festival was started by the Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. He used the festival to unite his people and to promote Hindu culture.
Significance of Ganesh Chaturthi
Ganesh Chaturthi is a celebration of the birth of Lord Ganesha, the remover of obstacles and the god of wisdom. He is also revered as the god of new beginnings and prosperity. Devotees pray to Lord Ganesha for success in their endeavors and for the removal of obstacles from their lives.
Celebrations in different parts of India
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with great fervor and enthusiasm in all parts of India. However, there are some regional variations in the way the festival is celebrated.
- In Maharashtra, the festival is celebrated with great pomp and grandeur. Large pandals are erected in public places and idols of Lord Ganesha are installed in them. The pandals are decorated with flowers, lights, and other embellishments. Devotees visit the pandals to worship Lord Ganesha and to participate in the cultural festivities.
- In Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, the festival is known as Vinayaka Chavithi. It is celebrated in a similar way to Ganesh Chaturthi in Maharashtra. However, there are some minor differences in the rituals and customs.
- In Karnataka, the festival is known as Ganesha Habba. It is celebrated with great enthusiasm by both Hindus and Jains. Devotees install idols of Lord Ganesha in their homes and temples and worship him with flowers, fruits, and sweets.
- In Tamil Nadu, the festival is known as Vinayaka Chathurthi. It is celebrated in a similar way to Ganesha Habba in Karnataka. However, there are some minor differences in the rituals and customs.
Ganesh Chaturthi is a joyous and auspicious festival that is celebrated by Hindus all over the world. It is a time for people to come together and to celebrate the birth of Lord Ganesha, the remover of obstacles and the god of wisdom.