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Ganesh Chaturthi/Vinayaka Chaturthi 2024: Date and time

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Ganesh Chaturthi 2024

Ganesh Chaturthi/Vinayaka Chaturthi dates and time 2024: Ganesh Chaturthi falls on 7th September 2024 Saturday. 

  • Begin on Friday, September 6th, at 03:01 PM. 
  • Conclude on Saturday, September 7th at 05:35 PM.

In the heart of India's vibrant festival calendar lies Ganesh Chaturthi, a joyful celebration that honours Lord Ganesha, the beloved elephant-headed deity. Every year, on Ganesh Chaturthi, we celebrate to honour Lord Ganesh, whom we lovingly call the remover of obstacles. The festival marks begins on the fourth day of the Hindu calendar month of Bhadrapada, which usually spans August and September. His presence brings joy and blessings, guiding us through life's challenges with grace and wisdom.   

Why is Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrated? 

In various regions, this auspicious occasion is known as Vinayaka Chaturthi or Vinayagar Chaturthi, reflecting the diverse cultural. During Ganesh Chaturthi, we honour the birth of Lord Ganesha, the beloved son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Lord Ganesha is affectionately known as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences, and the auspicious god of beginnings. During this auspicious time, devotees fervently seek his blessings, believing in his power to bestow success, wisdom, and prosperity upon all who pay homage to him. 

 According to the Scriptures, the spread of the Bhakti movement from the 7th to the 17th century, the Ganapatya sect gained popularity, notably through figures like Sri Morya Gosavi (13th or 17th century), who propagated its teachings in the northern regions.  

Later, during the Maratha Empire and under the influence of Bal Gangadhar Tilak, also known as Lokmanya Tilak, an Indian nationalist, there was a concerted effort to unite all Hindu Indians under the common deity of Ganesha. Tilak played a crucial role in promoting and expanding Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations, turning it into a grand and unifying event on a mass scale. Thus, in the North region of India, this joyous festival spans over ten days, culminating in a heartfelt ritual. 

In the southern regions such as Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh, Ganesh Chaturthi is typically celebrated for one day, with similar rituals observed as in the northern regions

Ganesh Chaturthi Celebration

Rituals and Celebrations across India 

  • Pranapratishtha: The deity's presence in the idol marks the sacred moment when life is ceremoniously infused into the idol of Lord Ganesha, symbolizing his divine presence among his devotees.

  • Shodashopachara: A special pooja comprising sixteen traditional rituals unfolds with meticulous devotion, each step a heartfelt homage to Lord Ganesha's grace and blessings.

  • Ganesh Visarjan: The poignant conclusion of the festival involves devotees bidding farewell to Ganesha idols by immersing them in water, symbolizing his return to Mount Kailash, accompanied by prayers and heartfelt farewells.

  • Family Rituals: In the quiet sanctum of their homes, families come together in reverence during Ganesh Chaturthi. They perform intricate rituals, chanting sacred mantras that resonate through the air like gentle whispers of devotion. The soothing melodies of bhajans fill every corner, creating a serene atmosphere that embraces their hearts.

  • Artistic Tradition: In certain southern regions of India, the artistic tradition of crafting Ganesh idols from fruits, banana leaves, and other natural materials flourishes with vibrant creativity.

 How to Celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi at Home? 

Ganesh Chaturthi celebration at home
  • The day before Ganesh Chaturthi, clean your home and puja room. 
  • For puja, you can create an idol of Lord Ganesha with your family members using clay or turmeric, adding a personal touch to the celebration. 
  • Alternatively, you can purchase an idol (murti) of Ganesha from shops, which is the most popular choice for many households. 
  • Prepare a sacred space for Lord Ganesha in your home by setting up a raised platform on the puja altar. 
  • In front of the altar, draw a beautiful rangoli and spread a lovely cloth on the pedestal. Finally, place the idol of Lord Ganesha on the altar. 
  • Decorate the idol with Yearukkam Poo (Calotropis) garlands, flowers, and place Arugampul (Scutch Grass), which is considered auspicious to Lord Ganesha. 
  • Prepare foods to serve Lord Ganesha, such as modaks or Kolukattai (sweet dumplings), and fruits. 
  • Worship Lord Ganesha with your family and perform the Arti ritual to the idol. 
  • Share the food you prepared for the puja with neighbours and enjoy eating the prasad. 
  • At the end of the day, perform the Arti ritual again and prepare for the immersion ritual. 

As we immerse ourselves in rituals that symbolize the triumph of good over evil and seek blessings for prosperity and wisdom, this festival reminds us of the enduring spiritual values that guide us through life. 

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