||Vakra-Tunndda Maha-Kaaya Surya-Kotti Samaprabha
Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryessu Sarvadaa||
||वक्रतुण्ड महाकाय सुर्यकोटि समप्रभ
निर्विघ्नं कुरु मे देव सर्वकार्येषु सर्वदा||
The 10-day-long festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, which celebrates the Birth of the Elephant-Headed Hindu God Ganesha, begins Today.
Ganesh Chaturthi falls on the fourth day of the Hindu month of Bhadrapada, which falls around August or September.The festival starts with the installation of new Ganesha idols, in Homes and Outdoors.
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with a belief that Lord Ganesha, Son of Shiva and Parvati, bestows His blessings on His devotees, on this day. It is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the God of Wisdom.
The occasion becomes very lively and enthusiastic with the devotional songs, dances and drum beats being a part of the procession observed by the devotees of Lord Ganesha, as a part of the festivities. Ganesh Chaturthi is the only festival that involves and welcomes the participation of general public.
The festival starts with the installation of beautifully sculpted Ganesha idols in homes and mandaps.
The Laddu & Modak is very dear to Ganesha and He bestows joy and grants our well-being. An imponderable ocean of learning, Lord Ganesh is the ordainer of buddhi or knowledge.
After celebration, the time of farewell comes and the idol of the beloved God is immersed in water. The celebration ends with the immersion, accompanied by loud shouts of ‘Ganapati Bappa Moraya’.