When is Ganesh Chaturthi
Ganesha Chaturthi falls on Monday, 9th of September in 2013, on Friday, 29th of August in 2014 and on Thursday, 17th of September in 2015
Every year in India, Ganesh Chaturthi festival is celebrated in a vibrant and colourful manner with millions of devotees, fasting, praying, dancing, and worshipping. This year, the preparation for Ganesh Chaturthi 2013 date has already started. To know more about the significance of Ganesh Chaturthi, you can read the detailed information about Ganesh Chaturthi, this info can also be read from the great Hindu mythological stories and puranas.
Vinayaka Chaturthi is marked by the ritual of worship and fast throughout the day. The fast ends only on the next day. Vinayaka Chavithi usually falls on the first fortnight of each month. For Vinayaka Chavithi date 2013, consult the Hindu calendar. Vinayaka Chaturthi pooja vidhanam directs devotees to make Lord Ganesha wear red clothes, and sprinkle Gangajal all around the house to purify it, and also arrange for decorations with flowers and diyas.
People listen and exchange Vinayaka Chavithi songs, Vinayaka Chavithi pictures, Vinayaka Chavithi greetings where devotees religiously wish each other happy Vinayaka Chavithi. While performing the pooja, devotees recite the Vinayaka Chavithi Katha or narrate the Vinayaka Chaturthi story. All the puja material along with generous donations and sweets are offered to Brahmins as a part of the ritual. Vinayaka Chavithi pooja vidhanam strictly forbids the viewing of the moon on this day. The puja recipes invariably include 21 laddoos made of desi ghee and various other sweets such as moong dal ka halwa, kaju barfi, modak, rawa laddoo, and karanji. Ganesh Chaturthi puja vidhi is quite simple that includes chanting of the mantras and audio of chanting can be heard from various corners of the streets and houses.
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How to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi
The state of Maharashtra is most well-known for the grand celebrations of Ganesh Chaturthi. The people of the state, especially in Mumbai gather in huge numbers to celebrate the occasion. Huge pandals are erected, and immense-sized clay idols of Ganesha are placed in the pandals. People move in groups visiting the pandal decors and brilliant idols. On the last or the tenth day, these idols are carried in long and big processions accompanied by the beating of drums and songs for the immersion or the visarjan of the deity. Devotees take part in the processions in millions and dance all the way through the procession. Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations continue for seven to ten days in most parts of India. Ganesh Chaturthi celebration also involves fasting and praying. Devotees can take bath early in the morning, wear fresh or new clothes . Start decorating the Ganesh idol with ornaments, fresh flowers and then chant Ganesha mantras and sholkas, Ganesha aartis and carry offerings of various sweets like modaks and fruits as a form of Prasad and other delicacies and visit the nearest temple or pandal to worship or at home. Hyderabad is also known to have grand Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations.