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 the birthday of Lord Ganesh, an elephant-headed God that helps individuals to eliminate the darkness in their life brings 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 the 14th century to the 15th century. However, its popularity increased during the 18th century and in the 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 back and 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 the 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 Ganesh Chaturthi festival is Celebrated?
The festival begins with the locals buying images of gods of Lord Ganesh made of clay. They are then brought home or placed on a specially decorated pedestal in important city centers. Every day there are special rituals, music performances, festivals and cultural activities. On the 11th day, the idol is taken to the sea, river or pond in a long procession and immersed into the water.
What are the Rituals of the 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 includes providing delicacies, decorating the pandal, and a lot more.
3. Uttarpuja- This ritual takes place when the procession is accomplished by the idol and taken towards the sea for the 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
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