Ganesh Chaturthi will be celebrated in the year 2021
Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, is a Hindu festival celebrated on the anniversary of the birth of the elephant-headed God, Lord Ganesha. The 10-day-long celebrations begin on this day with the installation of an idol of Lord Ganesha and conclude with the immersion of the idol in a body of water. The celebration begins on the 4th day of the Hindu month of Bhadra and ends on the 14th day of the same month. The festivities of Ganesh Chaturthi will begin on the 10 th of September in the year 2021.
Ganesh Chaturthi History and Importance
There are no official documents or manuscripts that speak about the precise origin of the Ganesh Chaturthi celebration, thus it is impossible to pinpoint its beginning. However, it is believed that the creator of the Maratha Empire, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, began celebrating it around the period 1630-1680 since Lord Ganesha was the Kuldevata or family God of the Peshwas at the time. Following the collapse of the Peshwas, Maharashtra’s festivities became a family affair.
In 1893, the independence warrior Lokmanya Tilak resurrected this festival and converted it from a small, yearly family celebration into a big public gathering. At a period when the British government forbade social and political gatherings in India, the festival sparked patriotic feelings among people of all castes and groups, uniting them in opposition to colonial authority.
Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations Across India in 2021
The preparation of Lord Ganesha’s idols begins months in advance of the festival’s celebrations. The idols are put in houses or lavishly adorned pandals on the day of the festival and will remain there for the following ten days. Traditionally, the festivities begin with Pranapratishtha, which is a ceremony to infuse God’s energy into the statue. This is followed by Shhodashopachara, which consists of 16 different ways of paying homage to the idol. During this ceremony, individuals make offerings to the God, including jaggery, modakas, red flowers, coconut, and durva, as well as chant Vedic hymns.
On the eleventh day, the idol is carried to a body of water and immersed amid a flurry of dancing and singing. Before Visarjan, Uttarpuja is performed at the location, and last gifts are offered to the Lord. The ceremony represents Lord Ganesha returning to his house after having visited as a guest and carrying away with him all of the difficulties that man must overcome.
On this day, people fast and stay vigil in honour of Lord Ganesha, who is revered as the God of New Beginnings, Success, Wisdom, and Obstacle Removal. Along with offering prayers to Lord Ganesha, they prepare and distribute sweets, particularly modakas.
Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations can be held in a variety of locations around India.
- Andhra Pradesh is a state in southern India