Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi and Ganeshotsav, stands as a revered Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Lord Ganesha, the deity associated with wisdom, prosperity, and the removal of obstacles. It is one of India’s most widely celebrated festivals, with a particularly grand observance in states such as Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Tamil Nadu. Lord Ganesh, often regarded as the primary deity in Hinduism, is worshipped before all other gods and goddesses. In 2023, Ganesh Chaturthi will be celebrated from September 19th to September 28th.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2023 Timing: Shubh Muhurat and Tithi:
As per the Drik Panchang, the auspicious time for welcoming Lord Ganesha on Chaturthi Tithi will commence at 12:39 p.m. on September 18th and conclude at 1:43 p.m. on September 19th. The ten-day Ganesh Utsav festival will culminate with Ganpati Visarjan on September 28th.
The propitious puja muhurat time is scheduled from 11:01 AM to 01:28 PM on September 19, 2023.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2023: Rituals and Celebrations:
Lord Ganesha, known as Vighnaharta or the remover of obstacles, holds paramount importance in Hinduism, often commencing various rituals with his worship. The celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi begins months in advance with the creation of Lord Ganesha’s idols.
Ganesh Chaturthi involves four main rituals: Pranapratishtha, Shodashopachara, Uttarpuja, and Visarjan puja. Homes are adorned with vibrant flowers and intricate rangoli designs, and clay idols of Lord Ganesha are brought into households. Exquisitely decorated Ganesh idols also grace puja pandals, residences, offices, and educational institutions on Chaturthi.
The Pranapratishtha ritual, conducted by a priest reciting mantras, marks the idol’s consecration. Subsequently, 16 different rituals, collectively known as Shodashopachara puja, are performed. Modak, a delectable sweet dumpling originating from Maharashtra, is believed to be Lord Ganesh’s favorite prasad (offering) and is presented to Him during the puja.
The celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi entails singing devotional hymns, dancing to rhythmic drum beats, and preparing sumptuous meals. The festival’s third major ritual, Uttarpuja, involves bidding farewell to Lord Ganesh.
On the festival’s tenth and final day, Ganesh Visarjan is conducted. Devotees immerse the idol of Lord Ganesha in a nearby river with profound devotion, accompanied by chants of “Ganapati Bappa Morya, Purchya Varshi Laukariya,” which translates to “Goodbye Lord Ganesha, please come back next year.”
Ganesh Chaturthi encapsulates a vibrant tapestry of rituals, traditions, and devotion, offering a spiritually enriching experience while fostering a sense of unity and community among its celebrants.
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