Ganesh Chaturthi is a 10-day festival that begins on September 10 this year. Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat, Odisha, Goa, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, and Uttar Pradesh will celebrate it with great fanfare. On September 21, the festival will come to an end.
Devotees bring Lord Ganesh idols home to worship the deity, eat wonderful food, spend time with friends and family, and finally submerge the idols to commemorate Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi. Temples also perform prayers and give delicacies, such as modaks, which are Lord Ganesh's favourite. Lord Ganesh, the god of knowledge and prosperity, is born on this day. Ganesh ji has 108 names, including Gajanana, Gajadanta, and Vighnaharta, among others.
Do you know the story of Ganesh ji with the head of an elephant? Goddess Parvati made Lord Ganesh using sandalwood paste and asked him to guard the entry while she took a bath. Ganesh refused to let Lord Shiva pass through the door when he told him he wanted to see Goddess Parvati. Lord Shiva became outraged and cut the child's head. Goddess Parvati was devastated when she realised what had happened.
When Lord Shiva saw Goddess Parvati's sadness, he pledged to resurrect infant Ganesh. He told his followers to go find the head of the first living creature they came across. However, all they found was a baby elephant's head.
Devotees bid Lord Ganesh farewell on Anant Chaturdashi by immersing his idols in nearby water bodies and hoping that he returns the next year. People keep these idols inside their homes throughout the 10-day Mahotsav. The festival's end is marked by the performance of devotional songs and the dancing to their beats during processions.