Thursday, March 31, 2005

Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi is one such festival, which is celebrated all along India. There is story behind this festival that reminds us the obedience of Ganesha to mother Gauri. The mother of Ganesha, Gauri was having bath, she didn’t wanted anyone to enter her room so she ordered Ganesha to guard the place. When lord Shiva, the husband of Gauri came to meet her he was interrupted by Ganesha. Ganesha insisted and that made Shiva angry, he chopped of Ganesha’s head in anger. Gauri realized the incident and asked Lord Shiva to turn her son alive. Lord Shiva brought the head of an elephant and placed it at Ganeshas’s body. He made Ganesha alive. Ganesha Chaturthi is celebrated along the nation devoting to the dedication and obedience of Ganesha.
India festivals

Indian festivals are unique in many terms. India has a special sense of religious tolerance. India also provides equal status to all the religions. People from different sections of society and belonging to different religions flock together to celebrate the message of harmony and love depicted in the form of festivals. You will find every month as a celebration of some festivals and ceremonies in which we devote ourselves to God. We pray to make our lives bias-free, smooth and prosperous. It gives us strength to move ahead in our life and helps us to avoid doing sins. No surprise why India is known as the land of festivals.

Friday, September 03, 2004

Ganesh Chaturthi - Puja for Lord Ganesha

On the festival morning, devotees listen to the legends related to Lord Ganesha. As a part of the prayer, one hundred and eight different names of Lord Ganesh are chanted. One flower is placed on his idol as each of his names is chanted. Lord Ganesha’s favorite snack is supposed to be modak (a ball shaped pudding). They are prepared by the dozens on the Ganesh Chaturdashi day and placed before his idol, before they are consumed by the devotees.

Ganesha’s importance in the Hindu pantheon is underlined by the fact that no prayer in Hindu religion can be performed without first invoking his name. ‘Om’ the chief mantra of Hindu religion, in fact, refers to Lord Ganesha. So even Vaishnavites (devotees of Lord Vishnu) worship him before starting any prayer.

Ganesh chaturthi - grandly celebrated festivals in India

Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most grandly celebrated festivals in India. It is celebrated on the occasion of Lord Ganesha or Vinayaka’s birthday, which is on the 4th day of the bright fortnight of Bhadrapada (August-September). His idols are made of clay, I different colours, sizes and shapes. They are later immersed in water on the tenth day following the puja, or before that on an odd day only. The ceremony wherein the idols are immersed is known as Visarjan. During the Visarjan, vociferous cries of ‘Ganesh Maharaj ki Jai’ are let out. The younger lot dance in front of the idols to the accompaniment of music played with instruments like dholak (percussion instruments), bugles. The music at times gets jarring with each group trying to outplay the other by being as loud as possible. People gather in lakhs in places like Mumbai, Pune and Hyderabad to give this spectacle a special feel.

Though the festival is most popular in Maharashtra, states like Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka do not lag far behind. Pandals (podiums) are erected on every street and cultural programmes are organized during these festivities. Nowadays musical programmes featuring contemporary popular tunes are belted out. Many people stay through the night even playing cards. But these do not in any way rob this festival of its spirit.

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