Saturday, September 11, 2010

Ganesh Chaturthi 2010 Celebrations Take Shape Today

Ganesh Chaturthi 2010 finally begins. After so much preparation and prayers, the elephant God has come down to the earth to visit his devotees again and hence, starts the Ganesh Chaturthi 2010 celebrations. Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most celebrated festivals in India. The scene of Ganesh Chaturthi festival is something to watch for in Maharashtra, where the elephant God or Lord Ganesha has the maximum devotees.

When is Ganesh Chaturthi 2010?

Ganesh Chaturthi 2010 or Vinayaka Chaturthi 2010 falls today, on this auspicious Saturday i.e. 11th September 2010. This is the very day, little Lord Ganesha was born. Lord Vinayaka, as the deity is often called, is worshipped by his followers as the God of Wisdom, Good Fortune and Prosperity. The preparations for Ganesh Chaturthi 2010 began several days ago with the building of pandals for the grand Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav.  Even the shops were well stocked months ahead with the necessary items required for this big celebration. The Ganesh Chaturthi festival is a 10 day long festival which concludes on Anant Chaturdashi.

Ganesh Chaturthi festival in different parts of India

Though, the Ganesh Chaturthi festival is celebrated with the greatest pomp and show in Maharashtra, the other parts of the country also do not stay far behind. Ganesh Chaturthi festival is also celebrated with great enthusiasm and devotion in Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Gujarat. The deity idols for the Maharashtra Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations are mostly sourced from a place called Pen located in Raigad district.

Ganesh Chaturthi rituals

The Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations reach its peak in the evening. The devotees clean their homes and gather in the Ganapati temples, clad in their new clothes and with offerings in their hands, for the Lord. The Ganesh pooja is usually done with mango leaves, marigold flowers and areca nuts. Lord Ganapati or Lord Ganesha is offered fresh fruits like bananas and apples and sweets like “modak”. The priest chants Vedic hymns to welcome the Lord and offer prayers to Him. On the 11th day, the Ganesha idol is taken for immersion in the sea or the river. This is followed by a huge procession. It is accompanied by singing and dancing with drum beats with the screams of "Ganapathi Bappa Morya, Purchya Varshi Laukariya".

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