The 13th of September 2018 marks the beginning of the Ganpati Festival in India.
Though it is a national festival, it is celebrated on a larger scale in the state of Maharashtra. The 10-day festival is celebrated without any religious/caste/cultural differences. Now that the day is around the corner, let us take a look at few facts about Ganesh Chaturthi.
— It is said that Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated to rejoice the day the lord was born. There are two stories related to Lord Ganesha’s birth.
One is that Goddess Parvati made Vinayaka out of dirt off her body and left him to guard the door while she took her bath. Another one says: Ganpati was created by Lord Shiva and his beloved wife Parvati upon the request of Devas, to be a Vighnakarta for Asuras and Vignaharta for the Devas. Thus he is also known by the name ‘Vighnesh’.
— During the 10-day-long festival, four rituals are followed:
1. Pranapratishhtha – The process of infusing the deity into a Murti.
2. Shhodashopachara – 16 forms of paying tribute to the Lord.
3. Uttarpuja – A Puja practised, after which the deity leaves the idol.
4. Visarjan – The immersion of the idol in the river/sea.
— The celebration of Ganeshotsav can be traced back to the Shivaji era. The Maratha King celebrated the festival as a public event.
— Sarvajanik (Public) Ganpati Pandal was first initiated by Bhausaheb Laxman Javale. Bhausaheb Laxman Javale or Bhau Rangari was the raj-vaidya (royal physician) and ran a charitable dispensary at his home behind Shaniwarwada.
— Lokmanya Tilak got inspired by the idea and wrote about it in his newspaper “Kesari”. The inspiration turned into motivation as Bal Gangadhar Tilak started his own Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav in 1894. Which then spread like a wildfire.
— Lalbaghcha Raja is one of the oldest Mandals in Mumbai. The mandal is 84 years old. It also has one of the tallest Ganesh idols in the country with people waiting for hours to just get a glimpse of the Murti.
Happy Ganeshotsav to one and all from every one of us here at DopeWope! 🙂