Ganesh Chaturthi Festival in Mumbai India - Essential Guide
Festivals in India are quite popular across the globe, be it Diwali, Holi, Dusshera, Eid and a lot more. And during this month, Ganesh Chaturthi is around the corner, which is the beloved God of Hindus. This day is celebrated as birthday of Lord Ganesh, an elephant headed God that helps individuals to eliminate the darkness in their life bring good fortune. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in a public manner. So, if you happened to be in India during the month of August to September or planning to explore Mumbai, then Ganesh Chaturthi Tour Package can be an ideal choice. This package will take you through all the Ganesh pandals in the city and enable you to meet the exotic culture of this festival.
Why people Celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi?
As per the history of this famous festival was initially celebrated around 14th century to 15th century. However, its popularity increased during the 18th century and in 19th century it became a domestic festival, including non-brahmins too.
According to mythology, Devi Parvathi created Lord Ganesh with her dirt and ask her to guard the palace. At the same time, Lord Shiva came backand wasn’t aware of the child standing outside the palace. He asked him to let him in, but Ganesha refused and then began a battle between them. Lord Shiva headshot Ganesha and looking at Ganesh Devi Parvathi became furious. But Lord Shiva promised to give life to Lord Ganesh. He asked all the devatas to bring the head of anybody who is facing north side.
They bought the head of an elephant and Shiva added the head to the body, which is the day celebrated as Ganesh Chaturthi.
How this festival is Celebrated?
The festival started with locals making idols of Lord Ganesh of clay, which is sold by people. After purchasing the idol, it either placed by deity in their hours or pandal (which is done by small communities or colonies). Everyday, special rituals, music performances, celebrations, and cultural activities were performed. On the 11th day, the idol is taken towards sea and river and immerse the idol into the water by performing a long procession.
What are the Rituals of Ganesh Chaturthi Festival?
1. Panaprathishta- Those who buy idol, perform this ritual by placing the idol in their house or pandal. It means the idol is ready for prayers. People pray, sing devotional songs, and some communities perform musical rituals as well.
2. Shhodashopachara- People altogether pay tribute to the idol and sing 16 devotional songs during this ritual. This include providing delicacies, decorating the pandal, and a lot more.
3. Uttarpuja- This ritual takes place when the procession is accomplished of the idol and taken towards sea for immersing process.
4. Ganpati Visarjan- Immersing the idol in the sea is done, which indicates that God is formless and powerful. It also means that nothing lasts long so keep your ego aside and enjoy life.
What are the top delicacies served to Lord Ganesh?
- Sabudana kheer
- Gur Nariyal Wadi