Ganesh Chaturthi festival Celebrations

Ganesh (Ganesha) Chaturthi Celebrations



Prayer:

"Vakratunda Mahakaya Suryakoti Samaprabha, Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarvakaryeshhu Sarvada"

Meaning:

"O Ganesha - Ganapati - Vinayaka, One with a curved trunk, a large body, and a brilliance equal to a crore suns! O God, please make all my undertakings free from obstacles always."

About the festival
23rd August 2009 is the Ganesh Chaturthi festival this year, which is one of the most popular Hindu festivals. Every year this comes on the 4th day of the lunar calendar 'Bhadrapada' - Shukla paksha, first fortnight. This festival is celebrated by different names throughout India and all over the world by devoted Hindus - Ganesh Chaturthi, Ganesha Puja, Vinayaka Chavithi Pooja, Vinayaka Chaturthi, Ganapathy Chavithi, Ganapathy chaturthi, Gowri-Ganesh pooja (in south).

In the Indian state of Maharashtra, it is most important festival and is celebrated for 10 days. In Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, images of Ganesh made of unbaked clay are worshiped on this day in every house. A special sweet called Modak is prepared on this occasion. To mark the end of the festivities, the clay idols are immersed in water at the end of 5th, 7th or 10th day.

This is festival is also very important to students - as Ganesha is the god who gives good education and good results to students - in some places students also keep their books and stationary at the pooja mandap while performing pooja to the Lord Ganesha.

Important places of celebrations:

More on Lalbaugcha Raja 2009 - Mumbai

In Maharashtra, we have a mandal that does the pooja of the famous lalbaugcha raja Ganapathi - you can find more information on lalbaugcha raja on the official website at www.lalbaugcharaja.com

LalBaugcha Raja (The Emperor of Lalbaug) is the name of the popular Ganesh Idol of LalBaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal. It is near Lalbaug Market, Mumbai India.

In South - Hyderabad - the festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm and one place Khairatabad is famous for its huge Ganesh idols. Check this form more information: www.ganapathideva.org

The Making of Khairatabad Ganesha Statue 2008 - information taken from the website

Khairatabad Ganesh is generally known to be the tallest among the Ganesh idols of the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. This year - 2008, the mammoth Khairatabad Ganesh will appear seated on a throne, after 25 years (this Gaensh was last seen in a seated posture in 1982).

According to the Ganesh Utsav Samithi, the idol is being made on the spot by over 100 sculptors and workers from Chennai with 12 tons of steel, five tons of plaster of Paris and other material at a cost of Rs. 20 lakhs and will weigh 17 tons. It is going to be ready for coloring in the last week of August and the Samithi is using water colors which are organic. The Ganesh idol is accompanied by Aadi Shakti and Lord Shiva.

Modern way of Celebrations

With the use of computers and internet the festival is also being celebrated by sending Ganesh Chaturthi greetings, messages, SMS, cards, food specialities etc.

There are lot of online resources available that can be used for performing pooja online through Internet media - Ganesh Chaturthi Puja , Ganesh Chaturthi Aarti, Ganesh Chaturthi Bhajans, Ganesha story, Vinayaka shloka etc.

So for all of you Happy Ganesh Chaturthi - enjoy the celebrations.

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