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Ganesh Chaturthi - Fairs and Festivals in India

Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated on the birthday of Lord Ganesh, the god of wisdom and prosperity on the fourth day of the moons bright fortnight, or period from new moon in the lunar month of Bhadrapada. The celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi continue for five, seven, or ten days. Some even stretch it to twenty one days, but ten the most popularly celebrated. In the tradition of the right hand path the first day is the most important. In the left hand path tradition the final day is most important.

Ganesha is the god of wisdom and prosperity and is invoked before the beginning of any auspicious work by the Hindus. It is believed that for the fulfillment of one's desires, his blessing is absolutely necessary. According to the mythology, he is the son of Shiva and Parvati, brother of Kartikeya - the general of the gods, Lakshmi - the goddess of wealth and Saraswati-the goddess of learning. There are numerous stories in Hindu mythology, associated with the birth of this elephant-headed god, whose vehicle is the Mooshak or rat and who loves Modaks (droplet shaped Indian sweet).

Lord Ganesh, the patron deity is the God of wisdom. Come August, preparations to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi - the auspicious day when Lord Ganesh was born - begin with great enthusiasm all over the state

The 11-day festival begins with the installation of beautifully sculpted Ganesha idols in homes and mandaps (large tents), colourfully decorated, depicting religious themes or current events. The Ganesh idols are worshipped with families and friends. Many cultural events are organised and people participate in them with keen interest. After ten exciting days comes the time to bid farewell to the beloved God.

Ganesh Chaturthi Gift Ideas
Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka chavithi is believed to commemorate the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha, son of Lord Shankar and Goddess Parvati. The festival comes on the 4th day of Bhadarva Shukla-paksh of Hindu calendar and is celebrated for 10 days in the state of Maharashtrastate and throughout India.

The occassion is marked by worship of the lovable elephant God, meeting with friends and relatives, gorging on sweets and other delectable dishes, preparing food offerings for the Lord and handing over presents to one's near and dear ones. Like all Indian festivals, Ganesh Chaturthi is also marked by giving and receiving of gifts. But the common question that plagues many is - what to give on this occassion, what type of gifts go with the festival? To save yourself from racking your brains, The HolidaySpot brings to you some great gift ideas for Ganesh Chaturthi. Go over these and choose the right gift for your loved ones. If you like our article on Ganesh Chaturthi Gift Ideas, please click here and refer this page to your friends and relations (that way you'll get some great gifts from them too). Have a grand Ganesh Chaturthi celebration!

Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations
The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated the states of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and many other parts of India. Started by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaja, the great Maratha ruler, to promote culture and nationalism, the festival was revived by Lokmanya Tilak (a freedom fighter) to spread the message of freedom struggle and to defy the British who had banned public assemblies.

The festival gave the Indians a feeling of unity and revived their patriotic spirit and faith. This public festival formed the background for political leaders who delivered speeches to inspire people against the Western rule. The festival is so popular that the preparations begin months in advance.
Ganesha statues installed in street corners and in homes, and elaborate arrangements are made for lighting, decoration, mirrors and the most common of flowers. Poojas (prayer services) are performed daily. The artists who make the idols of Ganesh compete with each other to make bigger and more magnificent and elegant idols. The relevantly larger ones are anything from 10 meters to 30 meters in height. These statues are then carried on decorated floats to be immersed in the sea after one, three, five, seven and ten days. Thousands of processions converge on the beaches to immerse the holy idols in the sea. This procession and immersion is accompanied by drum- beats, devotional songs and dancing.

 

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