1. Ganesh Chaturthi 2017: What is Ganesh Chaturthi? Why is it celebrated in India?

Ganesh Chaturthi 2017: What is Ganesh Chaturthi? Why is it celebrated in India?

The nation is set to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi, starting from August 25. A 10-day Hindu festival, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in honor of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati's younger son Lord Ganesha who is known by 108 different names.

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The nation is set to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi, starting from August 25. A 10-day Hindu festival, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in honor of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati’s younger son Lord Ganesha who is known by 108 different names. The festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm in different parts of India. As per the Hindu Luni-Solar calendar, this year Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations will start on August 25 and end on September 5. Ganeshotsav or Vinayaka Chaturthi ends on the tenth day of bringing him home signifying his return to Mount Kailasha to his parents Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva.

In this festival, the devotees bring idols of Ganpati home which is followed by special prayers and sermons. On the 10th day, these idols are immersed in water and devotees pray for the God to come soon the following year. Here is all you need to know about Ganesh Chaturthi:

What is Ganesh Chaturthi?

It is a ten-day Hindu festival which is celebrated on the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha.

When is Ganesh Chaturthi celebrated?

The festival is celebrated on the fourth day of Hindu luni-solar calendar month Bhadrapada. Usually, this falls in the month of August or September.

Why is it celebrated in India?

Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated to remember Ganesha’s birthday and celebrates him as the god of good beginnings, prosperity and obstacle remover. It is celebrated mostly in the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. While some states do not observe the day on a large-scale, Maharashtra witnesses huge celebrations.

During the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations, people make idols out of clay at home trying to be eco-friendly. The streets are filled with people full of enthusiasm, dancing. These ten days, chants of ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya’ will fill the streets. Modak is the primary sweet dish made on all the ten days of the festival. The sweet is offered to the God and also distributed among devotees.

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