Vakratunda Mahaakaaya Suryakoti Samaprabhaa
Nirvighnam Kurumedeva Sarvakaaryeshu Sarvadaa
Ganesh Chaturthi, or Vinayaka Chaturthi, The Lord Ganesha is the God of wisdom, prosperity and auspiciousness. Ganesha Chaturthi is always coincides with the 4th moon that follows the new moon in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada (August – September).
In 2014, GANESH CHATURTHI will be celebrated on the 29th August, 2014 – Friday.
Ganesh Chaturthi falls this year on – Friday, 29th August, 2014 —8th August, 2014, ending on Anant Chaturdashi.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2013 Pooja Muhurat( Pooja Time) === 12:35 to 14:15
The Ganesh Chaturthi 2014 Puja Muhurut to bring the Vigraha / Idol home is during the Shubh, Labh or Amrit Choghadiya. If you intend to bring Ganpati ji one day before, i.e. on the 28th August 2014, the Labh time is between 12:35 and 14:15 and the Amrit time is 14:13 and 15:46. Ganpati ji can also be brought home (Avahana or Welcome) during the Shubh time which is between 17:20 and 18:53. Ganesh Pooja is preferred during Madhyanhana on Ganesh Chaturthi as it is believed that Lord Ganesh was born during Madhyahana Kaal which is between 12:35 and 14:15. The Muhurut time specified above is the best Muhurut to perform the Ganesh Puja and to perform any work. Please note these Timings are as per local panchang, India.
Ganesha Chaturthi also known as Vinayak Chaturthi is celebrated as the Birth Anniversary of Lord Ganesha, the God of Wisdom and Prosperity of Hindu mythology. Lord Ganesha – the God of the single tusk, whose vehicle is the mouse and he who penned the Mahabharata with his own hands. A person observing the fast should wake up early in the morning and take a bath. After that he should sit on a raised platform and worship the idol of lord Ganesha with dhoop, incense and vermilion. Fruits, flowers, rice, roli are offered to lord while performing puja. Laddoos and Modaka, dishes made with sesame are also offered to Lord Ganesha.
The idol of Ganesha is installed at homes and temples and worshipped for ten days. The houses are cleaned up before the idol of Ganesha is installed. The idol is brought home with face covered with a saffron cloth amidst chanting of shlokas. Approximately 7000 idols of Ganesha are commissioned for Ganesha Chaturthi in Mumbai alone. Lord Ganesha is worshiped on this day. A popular myth associated with Ganesha Chaturthi is that one should refrain from looking at the moon on this day.
Ganesha mantras are siddhi mantras .When chanted with the proper pranayama (rhythmic breathing) and sincere devotion, they will yield good results. In general, Ganesha mantras will ward off all evil and bless the devotee with abundance, prudence and success. Evil spirits dare not enter the home or the mind of the devotee where Ganesha mantras are recited. One may always use it before beginning a journey, a new course in school, new career or job, or before entering into any new contract or business so that impediments are removed and your endeavor may be crowned with success. Repeat Mantra 11, 21, 51, 108 times (Count available),
This Ganesha Chaturthi Festival is mainly celebrated in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Gujarat and in all South India. In Ganesha Chaturthi Festival People brought their Home an Idol of Lord Ganesha. The Idol is made of Soil, Plastic, Plaster of Paris and now a day there are even Eco Friendly Ganesha Idol is also available. Idols are available in small to large sizes. Huge Ganesha statues which would be kept for public viewing after the Ganesha Chaturthi are usually immersed on Ananta Chaturdasi, which falls 10 days after the first day of the Vinayaka Chaturthi festival. Outside India the Ganesh Chaturthi festival is celebrated in UK by large number of Hindu people living here. Here the Idol is immersed in the Thames River. We can see Gujarat group where they celebrate on the sea and it attracts more than 1000 devotees. In Kerala Ganesh Chaturthi is known as Lamboodhara Piranalu and usually it comes in Chingam month. Most of the people here make milk Abhisheskam on Ganesh idols. People offer Nivedeyam and in all the temples it will be crowded. More fairs and concerts will be prepared here. Here the worship of the Elephant is made all over Kerala. In the temples most of people break more than thousands of coconuts from removing the problems from our life.
The main environmental problem of this festival is the immersing of idols which is made of clay or plaster of Paris in water and in lakes. At the ending day of the festival it is believed that the idol is returned back to earth when we immerse the body in water. When people produced more idols of Ganesha, the natural clay was having shortage and the other method was placing Plaster of Paris. Plaster of Paris is material which is made by man and it is easy for molding, but it is more expensive than the clay. The paints which are used for painting on the idols are chemical and it has metals which are heavier like mercury.
This makes the water more polluted and when the idol is immersed in water, the non-biodegradable waste accumulates in sand and on the beach. The government forces people to buy the traditional idols which are made of clay.
While celebrated all over India, it is most elaborate in western and southern India. Outside India, it is celebrated widely in Nepal and by Hindus in the United States, Canada and Fiji.
Ganpati Bappa Morya!!
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