Vinayaka Chaturthi is another name for Ganesh Chaturthi. Ganesh Chaturthi is the celebration of Lord Ganesha’s birthday, when everyone’s favorite elephant-headed lord Ganesha was born, according to Hindu Mythology.
Following the Hindu calendar, Ganesh Chaturthi falls in the month of Bhadra. Lord Ganesha is the god of knowledge, wealth, and abundance, as well as the removal of all obstacles, which is why he is also known as ‘Vighnaharta’ (remover of obstacles).
History Of Lord Ganesh Birth
Goddess Parvati formed Lord Ganesha from clay to guard her palace while she was resting and Taking a Bath inside. When Lord Shiva returned after several days, he was unable to identify Ganesha who was guarding Goddess Parvati’s palace.
Lord Shiva ordered that Ganesha allow him to meet Parvati, but Ganesha refused. After several attempts, Lord Shiva became enraged, and a battle ensued, during which angry Shiva beheaded Ganesha.
When goddess Parvati came to know and saw the headless body of Ganesha, she became furious. Lord Shiva realized his fault and ordered all the gods to find a head in the north direction, and the Devas returned with an elephant head after some time.
And Lord Shiva reunited the elephant head with the headless Ganesha and brought him back to life.
Also, Know of Lord Ganesha Broken Ivory’s story
Many communities observe this festival to commemorate the Holy Epic Mahabharata. It is believed that Ganesha wrote the Mahabharata, which Sage Vyas recited to him. Ganesha then demanded that Sage Vyas recite the Mahabharata without pausing. While Lord Ganesha was writing, his writing instrument broke, and he didn’t have time to go get a new one, so he broke a piece of his ivory and used it to finish his writing.
That is why one of Lord Ganesha’s ivory statues is broken.
The entire process is said to have taken ten days, and Lord Ganesha and Sage Vyas sat through it without food or water. And on the 11th day, after completing the epic, clay was applied over Lord Ganesha’s body, and he was asked to bathe in the river. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated for ten days, and on the 11th day, the idols of Lord Ganesha made of clay are immersed in water.
Ganesh Chaturthi Significance
Ganesha is Lord Shiva’s and Goddess Parvati’s younger son, and he goes by 108 different names. Ganesha is known as Vighnaharta (obstacle remover), and Hindus first worship Lord Ganesha before beginning anything new.
More than 125 years ago, the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi began in the city of Pune. The festival’s main goal was to bring people of all castes and classes together in opposition to British rule.
Lord Ganesha’s birthday is celebrated majestically throughout India, with beautifully magnificent sculpted idols of Lord Ganesha placed in pandals and worshipped for 11 days. Devotees and a lot of music and dance accompany the celebrations.
Many Lord Ganesha devotees fast on this day and prepare sweets like Modaks because Lord Ganesha loves them.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2022 Date
According to the Hindu calendar, Ganesh Chaturthi falls in the month of Bhadrapada and will be observed this year (2022) on August 31st, Wednesday, and will last ten days, with the final day Anant Chaturdashi falling on September 9th.