Ganesh Chaturthi 2021: History, significance, date, and puja timings

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Ganesh Chaturthi 2021: History, significance, date, and puja timings

Ganesh Chaturthi 2021: This year September is one of the most auspicious festivals for Hindus - Ganesh Chaturthi. The celebration of the 10-day festival will start from September 10 this year. It will be marked with much fanfare and enthusiasm in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat, Odisha, Goa, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh. The festival will end on September 21st.

Significance and history:

To celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayak Chaturthi, devotees bring idols of Lord Ganesha home and worship the deity, have a good meal, have fun with friends and family and finally dismantle the idols. In addition, the temples pray and distribute sweets like Modak as it is a favorite of Lord Ganesha. This festival symbolizes the birth of Ganesha, the god of wisdom and prosperity. It falls in the Bhadrapad month of the Hindu calendar, which falls in August-September.

Lord Ganesha is considered a symbol of wisdom, writing, travel, commerce and good fortune. He is also called Gajanan, Gajdant and Vighnaharta. These are just a few of his 108 other titles.

Indian mythology tells the legend of Goddess Parvati that Lord Ganesha is made using sandalwood paste and told to guard the entrance while bathing. When Lord Shiva reached the entrance and told Ganesha that he wanted to see Goddess Parvati, Ganesha refused to let her pass. This made Lord Shiva angry and he cut off the child's head. When Goddess Parvati realized what had happened, she was heartbroken.

Seeing Goddess Parvati filled with grief, Lord Shiva promised to revive the child Ganesha. He instructed his followers to find the head of the first living creature they could find. However, they could only find the head of a baby elephant. In this way Lord Ganesha was revived by taking the head of an elephant.

puja time:

This year the fourth date will be on September 10 from 12:17 a.m. to 10 p.m. Devotees pray to Lord Ganesha on this day, as it is believed that worshiping him removes obstacles from one's life and brings peace.

Anant Chaturdashi:

Anant Chaturdashi is the day when devotees bid farewell to Lord Ganesha by dismantling the idols of the Lord in the local water bodies and asking him to return next year. These are the idols that people keep inside their house for a 10 day festival. Celebrating the end of the festival includes playing devotional songs during the procession and dancing to their beat.

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