Ganeshotsav 2017: All You Need To Know About Celebrating The Great Ganesh Festival!

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| August 24 , 2017 , 12:42 IST

Ganesha Chaturthi is the Hindu festival celebrated on the day of the rebirth of Lord Ganesha, the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is believed that Lord Ganesh bestows his presence on earth for all his devotees during this festival. Ganesh Utsav is a ten-day festival which starts on Ganesh Chaturthi and ends on Anant Chaturdashi. In 2017 Ganesh Chaturthi will be celebrated from 25th August to 5th September 2017.

During Ganesh Utsav, devotees of Lord Ganesha bring home Idols of Lord Ganesha and worship them for 1 and a half, 3, 5, 7 or 9 days and then immerse the Lord Ganesha idol in water (sea, lake or a pond).

This 10-day long festival of Ganesh Chaturthi has great importance. One of the biggest Hindu festivals, Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi ends with the Ganesha Visarjan on September 5. The sacred festival revering the God of Good Beginnings is marked with the chanting of Vedic hymns and holy Hindu manuscripts such as Ganapati Upanishad, with fasting (vrat), rituals (puja vidhi) and offering prasadam, especially modak. It is considered highly important to carry out all these activities keeping in mind the auspicious timings (Shubh Muhurat) to beget the blessings from Shri Ganesha.

Lord Ganesh is the Hindu God of prosperity, good luck, intelligence, wisdom, new beginnings and a remover of obstacles. He is worshipped before any deity in Hinduism after earning the right to be worshipped first from his parents, Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in the honour of the birth anniversary of Elephant God, his rise to become the most adored God in Hindu pantheon and earn the title of Vighnaharta, the one who removes the obstacles.

Ganesh Chaturthi Dates and Shubh Muhurat

Ganesh Chaturthi begins on the fourth day of Hindu Luni-solar calendar month Bhadrapada, which falls in the month of August or September according to the Gregorian calendar. It is believed that the God of Good Fortune was born during Shukla Paksha of the said month. In 2017, Ganesh Chaturthi will be an 11-day festival after its commencement on August 25 (Friday). Devotees invoke Shri Ganesha on the Ganeshotsav with Avahana and Pratishthapan during the auspicious timings. Ganesh Puja or Vinayaka Chaturthi Puja is preferably done at Madhyahna puja time (11:25 AM to 1: 55 PM). According to Hindu mythology, it is believed that Lord Ganesh was born during Madhyahna Kala that is equivalent to midday according to Hindu division of the day.

The most auspicious time to bring home the idols of Lord Ganesha is -
· Char Choghadiya – 06:26 to 07:59 AM (IST)
· Amrit Choghadiya – 07:59 to 09:33 AM (IST)
· Shubh Choghadiya – 09:33 to 11:07 AM (IST)

Ganesh Avahana or Sthapana (installation of Ganesha) should be done before 11 am (IST) on August 25, 2017, ideally between 8.00 am to 11 am.

Ganpati puja aarti should be ideally performed during the Madhyahana Kaal (11:25 AM to 1: 55 PM) as it is believed that on Ganesh Chaturthi day, Lord Ganesh was born during Madhyahana Kaal.

Ganesh Chaturthi Puja Vidhi

A devotee can worship Lord Ganesh during Pratahkala, Madhyahnakala and Sayankala but it is always best to perform Ganesh Puja during Madhyahnakala. The Elephant God is worshipped with sixteen rituals (puja vidhi) along with chantings of puranik mantras, which is known as Shodashopachara Puja. Before the sixteen steps of Shri Ganesha Puja, the person observing fast and conducting puja must begin with lighting diya (Deep-Prajawalan) and Sankalpa (making a vow to complete the ritual to the best of ability). If you’re installing Ganesh idol for the first time, you must do Avahana and Pratishthapan (invoking and installing) otherwise these two steps is not needed.

Following Vinayaka Chaturthi day, the pujas are offered daily in the morning and evening till the day when the immersion ceremony (Ganesha Visarjan) is conducted.

Ganesh Chaturthi Vrat (Fasting)

Shri Ganesha devotees who fast should begin the fast (vrat) the dawn and fast till the evening. Many worshippers observe Nirjal Vrat by abstaining from food and water throughout the period of vrat. Complete fast can give great results. However, partial fast or Phalahar Vrat is also permitted with the consumption of prasad offered at the puja and milk. In the evening, Ganesh puja is performed once again and the Vinayaka Chaturthi fast is concluded.

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Ganesh Chaturthi is a celebration that brings us all together. This festival is loved by many, above and beyond the fasting rituals and the religious guidelines as it is an opportunity to worship the God of Good Beginnings and Fortune. Known by 108 different names, a devotee who worships him with pure heart seeks blessings in form of knowledge (Buddhi), fortune, prosperity, wisdom, happiness, obstacles removed from every path of life.

Celebrated this auspicious occassion with great joy! Wishing all a Very Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!