Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated on the birthday of Lord Ganesh (Ganapati), 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 one, five, seven, or ten days. 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 vahana or rat and who loves Modaks (droplet shaped Indian sweet). If you are interested in knowing further story on this dig in here and here
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. On this day we sanctify the house and pooja room for Ganesh Puja, prepare naivedyam/ prasadam/food offerings to God Ganesha. I am sharing some of my Ganesh Chaturthi celebration pictures with you all.
I made 9 varieties of naivedyam this time: Undarallu, Kudumullu, Paalundrallu, Pulihora, Modaks, Payasam, Vada, Chakkari Pongal and Gugullam, all are favorites of Ganapati. I will post the recipes for the below items later in this week.
well most of the part he only did, the stirring part!
A very favorite dish for Sri Ganesh
Uppu Undarallu-salted rice flour dumplings with chana dal, jeera (cumin seeds)
Semya Payasam-vermicelli milk pudding
Chakkari Pongal/ Paramannam-long grain rice pudding
Pulihora- Tamarind-Sesame flavored rice
Chenagapappu Vadalu-bengal gram patties
Guggullam-sauted chick peas
In the evening we again performed aarthi and did visarjan/nirmarjana/immersion of Lord Ganesha's Idol. I love this festival and celebrate it very much and every yearI eagerly wait for this. Back at my mother's place in Mumbai we had a blast during those 11 days for the festival. Oh Man! I so much miss this event.
During evening arathi
You can find more on Bombay Ganesh festival from here, here, here and on mid-day. A photo of an artist giving touch-ups to the idol. With the immersion of the idol amidst the chanting of "Ganesh Maharaj Ki Jai!" (Hail Lord Ganesh). The festival ends with pleas to Ganesha to return the next year with chants of "Ganpati bappa morya, pudcha varshi laukar ya" (Hail Lord Ganesh, return again soon next year.
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