Today India is celebrating Ganesh festival in honor of Lord Ganesha’s birthday. It is one of the major festivals in India and is celebrated with great enthusiasm and devotion.
Ganesh festival falls in August or September every year and is the most favorite amongst Hindus. The festival is also known as Vinayak Chaturthi.
Lord Ganesha, Elephant Hindu God is known for his Knowledge, Wisdom and is believed to bring Prosperity and Good Luck.
Hindus have faith and believe that taking the blessings of Lord Ganesha is auspicious before starting any work.
Most Hindus install beautiful idol of Ganesha at the home for ten days during Ganesh festival. These idols are made of Ckay or mud usually.
In almost every streets; Huge Pandals are put up with idol of Lord Ganesha,beautifully decorated with lights and festive music.
Every morning and evening, Puja is performed and sweets are offered to lord Ganesha for ten days.
Modak is believed to be Lord Ganesha’s favorite sweet and has a special importance in the worship.
Modak is Sweet dumpling made from rice flour or wheat flour with a filling inside made of fresh grated coconut & jaggery. The dumpling can be fried or steamed and is the yummiest sweet.
During Ganesh festival the puja concludes with an offering of twenty-one modaks to the deity as prasad.
Ten day festival culminates in a huge colorful carnival like procession on the street on last day. People dance enthusiastically to music and the beating of the dhols (drums).
Finally Ganesh idol is immersed in the nearby local river or lake which is called as Visarjan.
Thousands gather to bid Colorful and Emotional Adieu to their beloved Ganesha idol on the last day with a promise to welcome him next year with the same enthusiasm.
Sending warm wishes to you and family on this Ganesh Festival.
May Lord Ganesha bless us all,
Ganpati Bappa Morya !:)