Ganesh Chaturthi is a very popular Hindu festival that celebrated the birth of the elephant-headed deity Ganesha, the god of prosperity and wisdom. This festival is also called Vinayaka Chaturthi or Ganeshotsav. It begins in the month of Bhadrapada( August- September) and it lasts for 10 days. On the last day of the festival, it ends with the immersion( Visarjan) of the murti on Anant Chaturdashi day.
In 2022 Ganesh Chaturthi’s date is Friday, August 31 information based on the Hindu calendar. It will start on 31st August and ends on 9th September. It ends with the immersion( Visarjan) of the murti on Anant Chaturdashi day i.e September 9, 2022.
Good Puja Timings
- The tithi begins at 3:33 PM on August 30 to 3:23 PM on August 31. The best worship time on August 31, 2022, is from 11:00 AM to 1:20 PM.
- The Ganesh staphna can be done at Labha time between 06:23 am to 07:57 am or Amrita time between- 07:57 to 09:31.
Importance of Ganesh Chaturthi
Ganesh puja is performed with much zeal across all of India, as God. Lord Ganesh is the symbol of intellectual activity, he is the one who wrote down the Mahabharata to him. His blessings are gathered at most religious rituals as he is the one who can clear all barriers to success. He is the giver of wealth and can help to detour natural misfortunes.
Ganesha is known to provide his devotees fortune and wisdom. A lot of people firmly believe that praying to Ganesha leads to financial success and the fulfillment of their desires.
Traditions or Rituals of Ganesh Chaturthi Festival
- A statue(murti) of Ganesha is installed at home or in a public place (pandal) with Paranpratishta, ready for prayers. People pray, and sing bhajans and some communities perform musical concerts for this ritual.
- On Ganesh Chaturthi, avoid moon sightings. A wrong accusation called Mithya Dosham or Mithya Kalank is caused by witnessing the moon on Ganesh Chaturthi
- Making Ganpati’s favorite sweet is known to be Modak
- Immersing the statue of Ganesha in the sea or river on the last day of Chaturthi. This ritual signifies that God is universal and formless. It is also a reminder of the concept that nothing is endless.
Ganesha is the offspring of Lord Shiva and Parvati. There are many stories behind his birth but two of them are the most common ones. Behind the birth of lord Ganesha, there are two main stories.
According to the first story, Parvati created Lord Ganesha from the soil that came from her skin to guard her in the absence of Shiva. She placed him on the door while she took a bath and instructed him not to let anyone in without her concern. In the meantime, Shiva arrived at the door, the Ganesha stopped him. This angered Shiva and he severed Ganesha’s head after a conflict between the two. Parvati was angered when she came to know about this.
After 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 set the elephant’s head on the child’s body, and that is how Ganesha was born.
The other story is that the Devas requested Shiva and Parvati to create Ganesha so that he can be a Vighnakarta (creator of obstacles) for rakshasas (demons), thus being a Vighnaharta (averter of obstacles) and helping Devas.
Places to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi 2022 in India
In Mumbai, people celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi with great enthusiasm, which explains the importance of the festival here. More than 6000 statues of Ganesha are commissioned every year in Mumbai. During the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, Mumbai is the prime destination to visit.
Hyderabad is one of the best destinations where one can witness the celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi. Here one can witness more than 75000, Ganesh
Pandals, and the statue of Ganesha immersion in the Hussain Sagar lake of Hyderabad. So this time explore the famous Ganesha pandals of Hyderabad.
Goa is another destination where this festival is widely celebrated. One can witness various colors of this festival in the Ganeshpuri and Khandola temples situated in Mapusa. Goa’s Marcela is famous for its creative Ganesha murti made using bamboo, coconut, cane, and Areca nut. So why not plan your Goa trip during Ganesh Chaturthi 2022 festival?
Pune hosts the best Ganesh Chaturthi celebration in India. Worshipping of Lord Ganesha has become widespread in Pune during the reign of Peshwas, as they considered Ganesha as their patron. One can witness the most colorful and joyous festivals celebrated in Pune.
In Bengaluru there are three popular Ganesha Temples, their names are Panchamukha Heramba, Ananthanagar temple, and Shri Jambu Ganapati Temple. The immersion of the idol takes place at Ulsoor lake and Sankey tank.
In channa also Ganesha Chaturthi is celebrated with much enthusiasm and zeal. Many cultural and religious organizations put up idols of the Ganesha in many places and are often based on specific themes. Some idols are made of items like bamboo and the panchamaritham . During these festivals, sweets like Modaks or Modagams will be made.