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   About Ganesh festival

Ganesh Chaturthi or Ganeshotsav or Ganesh festival is the Hindu festival celebrated in honour of the Lord Ganesha - Ganapati Bappa, the elephant-headed, remover of obstacles and the god of wisdom. The festival is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada - fourth day of the waxing moon period. The date usually falls between August and September. The festival lasts for 10 days, ending on Anant Chaturdashi (fourteenth day of the waxing moon period). 

Ganesh festival is celebrated in Maharashtra in the home, as well as publicly by local community groups, called Ganapati Mandals. In the Ganapati festival the interests of the nation-state are conjoined with patriotism as well as devotion to the deity. The Ganapati festival is an extraordinary testimony to the public place of religion in Indian life, the liveliness of Indian communities and the splendors of street life. 

Ganesha is the younger son of Lord Shiva and Parvati. There are various stories behind his birth but two of them are the most common ones.

The festival marks the birth of Lord Ganesha (also called Ganpati), the God of prosperity and wealth.

In Maharashtra, Telangana, Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Goa, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, this festival is worshiped by families and groups by installing raw clay idols of Bhagwan Ganesh at home and in public pandals. . But in some states of North India celebrate this festival by installing a temporary statue of Bhagwan Ganesh in temples.

It is believed that devotees who pray to Ganesha are able to fulfil their wishes and desires. So, the main essence of Ganesh Chaturthi is that devotees who pray to him are set free of sins and it leads them on the path of knowledge and wisdom.

Historically, the festival has been celebrated since the time of King Shivaji. It was during India's freedom struggle that Lokmanya Tilak changed Ganesh Chaturthi from a private celebration to a grand public festival where people from all castes of the society can come together, pray and be united. Over the years with growing environmental awareness, people have started celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi in an environmentally friendly way. This includes - getting Ganesha idols made of natural clay or mitti and using only flowers and natural items for decorating the pandals.

According to the first story, Lord Ganesha was created by Parvati out of dirt from her body to guard her in the absence of Shiva. She gave him the task of guarding her bathroom door while she took a bath. In the meantime, Shiva returned home and Ganesha, who didn't know who Shiva was, stopped him. This angered Shiva and he severed Ganesha's head after a tiff between the two. Parvati was enraged when she came to know about this; Lord Shiva, in turn, promised to get Ganesha back to life. The devas were sent to search for a child's head facing north but they could only find an elephant's head. Shiva fixed the elephant's head on the child's body, and that how Ganesha was born.

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Bhjans on Ganpati, Vocal program, Orchestra, Instrumental program, Mangalagauriche khel, Celebrities

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   Maghi Ganeshotsav

Maghi Ganeshotsav

Ganesh Jayanti - literally 'Ganesha's birthday', also known as Magha shukla chaturthi, Tilkund chaturthi, and Varad chaturthi, is a Hindu festival. This occasion celebrates the birth day of Ganesha, the lord of wisdom. It is a popular festival particularly in the Indian state of Maharashtra and it is also celebrated in Goa held during the shukla paksha chaturthi day (fourth day of the bright fortnight or the waxing moon) in the month of Magha as per almanac, which corresponds to the Gregorian calendar month of January or February. 

The distinction between the Ganesh Jayanti and the more popular, almost pan-Indian Ganesh Chaturthi festival is that the latter festival is observed in the month of August or September (Bhadrapada Hindu month). According to one tradition, Ganesh Chaturthi is also considered as the birthday of Ganesha. This festival of Ganesha is also called as the Tilo Chauth or Sakat Chauthis in Uttar Pradesh, where Ganesha is invoked on behalf of the son of a family. It is also called as Tilkund chaturthi in Maharashtra.

As per ancient customs, it is prohibited to sight the moon on Ganesha Jayanti as well as on Ganesh Chaturthi, wherein a prohibitive time period is set by the ancient almanacs. The person who sights the moon on this day, undergoes mental suffering of wrong accusations called, Mithya Dosha. If by mistake, a person happens to see the moon, the following mantra is chanted:-

Simhah Prasenamavadhitsimho Jambavata Hatah |

Sukumaraka Marodistava Hyesha Syamantakah ||

As a legend narrated by Nandi to the Sanatkumara sages, God Krishna was charged with stealing a precious gem named 'Syamantaka', as he saw the moon on Bhadrapad Shukla Chaturthi - which was prohibited. He observed fast on Magha Shukla Chaturthi, or Ganesh Jayanti, as advised by Devrishi Narada, and got rid of the accusation of stealing.

On Ganesh Jayanti, devotees flock to the Moreshwar temple in Morgaon, Pune district, Maharashtra - in large numbers. The temple is starting and ending point of a pilgrimage of eight revered Ganesha temples called Ashtavinayaka. Legend has it that Ganesha killed demon Kamlasur at this place, riding a peacock (in Sanskrit, a mayura, in Marathi - mora) and thus is known as Mayureshwar or Moreshwar ('Lord of the peacock'). Another temple on the Ashtavinayak circuit is the Siddhivinayaka temple at Siddhatek, Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra. Large crowds visit the temple on the occasion of Ganesh Jayanti. This ancient temple located on the eastern bank of the Bhima River - has an idol of Ganesha, seated in a crossed leg posture flanked by his consort Siddhi. The Ganesha image is adorned with saffron paste and has its trunk turned to the right, which is considered a rare depiction. Thus, it is held in deep reverence and a strict set of religious vows are observed to please the deity. Devotees take a pradakhsina (circumambulation) of the hill seven times in the rough hilly terrain to seek favour of Ganesha. Legend states that god Vishnu invoked the blessings of Ganesha at this venue before killing the demons Madhu-Kaitabh to put an end to their depredations.

On the Konkan Coast, at Ganpatipule, a beach temple houses a swayambhu (self-manifest) idol of Ganesha, which is much venerated and visited by thousands of devotees every year. The Ganesha deified in this temple is popularly known as the Paschim Dwardevta ('Western sentinel god of India'). Ganesh Jayanti is also celebrated at this Konkan coastal temple.

Lord Ganesh is believed to activate and operationalize eight important centres in our body representing each Ashtavinayak (8 sanctums of Lord Ganesha) for which thousands of devotees across India participate in Maaghi Ganesh Utsav and take blessings of Shree Brahmanaspati (Lord Ganesh’s name as mentioned in Rigveda) and Shree Ashtavinayak

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   Entertainment options for Ganapati Chaturthi celebration

Here are some of the entertainment options for Ganesh festival :

Getting immersed in devotion towards the deity is the best program option for Ganesh Chaturthi celebration. Artists like Prashant Kalundrekar, Mahesh Phadke, Amita Gokhale, Mukund Marathe, Ninad Ajgaonkar, Sanjay Nadkarni, Abhijeet Kosambi, etc can be invited to sing Abhang, Bhajans and devotional songs of Lord Ganesha.


A truly unique alternative to Ganesh festival celebration is an instrumental music show. Music gives relaxation to our mind. There is a lot of variety to instrumental music. Programs like Flute recital or a Violin solo or a Piano concert or a Fusion or a Jugalbandi of instruments like Sitar and Violin, Flute and Sitar, etc. Instrumentalists like Aparna Deodhar - Sitar, Milind Tulankar - Jaltarang, Vivek Joshi - Sarod, Vivek Sonar - Flute, Sushant Katkar - Accordion, Radhika Budhkar - Rudra Veena, etc are some of the excellent and professional artists who can invited to perform for the deity.


'Laughter is the best medicine', goes a well-known adage. The comedian usually recites humorous stories, jokes, one-liners  or does mimicry. A comedy show can be in the language of your choice. Popular Marathi, Gujarathi, and Hindi stand-up comedians like Bharti Singh,  Sunil Pal, Rahul Ingle, Ujwala Kulkarni, Sadanand Chandekar, Chirag Wadhwani, Manan Raval, etc can be invited to perform in Ganesh mandals and also in housing society Ganesh celebrations.


'Where words leave off, music begins', says Heinrich Heine. Ganesh mandals and housing societies can have melodious music orchestras with singers like Abhijeet Kosambi, Shrikant Narayan, Kaushal Inamdar, Binal Prajapati, Hemangini Jhaveri, Anuja Sinha, Santosh Agnihotri etc. Bollywood classics, contemporary hits, folk songs, etc are presented in orchestras.


Mangalagauriche Khel is a popular folk form in Maharashtra. The women like to learn and try various 'Mangala Gauriche khel'. Shaila Acharya, Sangita Bodas, Veena Kulkarni,  Asmita, etc are some of the enthusiatic artists who will teach you 'Manglagauriche Khel'.


Marathi Celebrities like Ila BhateSpruha JoshiSumeet RaghvanPradeep WelankarPari TelangKishori Shahane, Ramesh Bhatkar, etc can also be invited to attend your Independance day celebration.


Mardani khel is an armed Indian martial art from Maharashtra. It is particularly known for its use of the uniquely Indian patta (sword) and vita (corded lance). The early history goes to 1,500 years old martial art form from maharashra It is believed that this is the beginning vakataka, chalukya and Rashtrakuta took place during this empire. , but it is said to owe its development to the particular geographic conditions of Maharashtra. A hilly region characterized by valleys and caves, the inhabitants became expert horsemen who favoured light armour and highly mobile cavalry units during war.


Hindustani Vocal music is the classical music of Northern India. Hindustani classical music is a solitary pursuit that focuses mainly on melodic development. Hindustani Classical Vocals are also referred to as Shastriya Sangeet. 
Dhrupad was among the oldest styles of the North before Khayal became the dominant style. Other major vocal forms or styles associated with Hindustani classical music are Thumri, Dadra, Hori, Kajri, Chaiti, Bhajan, Ghazal and Tarana among others.

Carnatic Music is a form of Indian classical music with origins in Southern India. Lyrics in Carnatic music are largely devotional; most of the songs are addressed to the Hindu deities. Many songs emphasize love and other social issues or rest on the concept of sublimation of human emotions for union with the divine.

   How to perform Ganesh Pooja and Rituals

Here is a guide to perform Ganesh Puja :

Requirements :
Image of Lord Ganesha.
Red Hibiscus flowers - Jaswand
Durva - Grass blades
Modak [sweet dumpling]
Coconut
Red chandan (Sandalwood paste)
Incense and agarbathis


The Puja
  • Install the image of the deity on a raised platform.
  • Next step is to invoke Ganesha into the image. This is known as Pran-prathishta. 
ganananh tva ganapatim havamahe kavim kavinam - upamashravastamam |
jyeshhtharajam brahmanan.h brahmanaspata A nah shrivnvannutibhih sida sadanam || 
ni shhu sida ganapate ganeshhu tvamahurvipratamam kavinam |
na rite tvat.h kriyate kinchanare mahamarkam maghavan.h chitramarcha || 

Now Ganesha is installed in the idol and one can perform Arati and light the Agarbattis
 
  • Offer 21 blades of Durva.
  • Offer 21 modaks
  • Offer Jaswand
  • Apply a tilak using red Sandalwood paste.
  • Break the coconut or just keep it along with the idol. 

The number 21 signifies - the five organs of perception, five organs of action, five vital airs (pranas), five elements, and the mind.

While performing Ganapati Puja, all you need to be careful is to perform the Pooja with a clean body and clean mind.

Rituals 

There are four main rituals which are performed during the 10-day long festival. They are namely - Pranapratishhtha, Shhodashopachara, Uttarpuja, and Ganpati Visarjan.

The excitement of Ganesh Chaturthi settles in weeks before the festival actually begins. Artisans start preparing clay idols of Ganesha in different poses and sizes. The Ganesha idols are installed in beautifully decorated 'pandal' at homes, temples or localities. The statue is also decorated with flowers, garlands and lights. A ritual called Pranapratishhtha is observed where a priest chants mantra to invoke life in the diety. Prayers are then offered to Ganesha's idol in 16 different ways. This ritual is called Shhodashopachara, Uttarpuja, and Ganpati Visarjan.

The excitement of Ganesh Chaturthi settles in weeks before the festival actually begins. Artisans start preparing clay idols of Ganesha in different poses and sizes. People celebrate by singing or playing religious songs, dancing to drum beats and by lighting up fireworks - all of which add to the festive mood.

The first day of Ganeshotsav is celebrated as the birthday of Bhagwan Ganesh. Which is also known as Ganesh Chaturthi or Ganesh Chauth. Vinayak is another name for Shri Ganesh, so this festival is also called Vinayak Chaturthi. Ganesh Chaturthi is an annual celebration and involves welcoming Ganpati into our homes. During Ganeshotsav, houses are decorated elaborately and have a delightful and cheerful ambience.

Anant Chaturdashi : The last day of Ganeshotsav celebrated as Anant Chaturdashi(Anant Chodash) and in the indian state Maharashtra and Gujarat celebrates this day as Ganesh Visarjan(Ganpati Visarjan). Lord Ganesh idols are immersed in a large source of water such as the sea, river or a lake.

The Uttarpuja ritual is then performed which is about bidding farewell to Ganesha with deep respect. This is followed by Ganpati Visarjan, a ceremony wherein the statue is now immersed in water. While carrying the statue to the sea and while immersing it, people generally chant in the Marathi language 'Ganapati Bappa Morya, Pudhachya Varshi Laukar ya' which means 'Goodbye Lord, please come back next year'.

While some devotees celebrate this festival at home, others pay their visit to Lord Ganesha at public pandals. People offer their due respect, prayers and offerings to Ganesha. Dishes like Lord Ganesha's favourite Modak, Pooran Poli, and Karanji are prepared for friends, family and visitors.


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