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“GANPATI BAPPA MORIYA PUDHCHYA VARSHI LAVKAR YAA…”
Ganesha Chaturthi is on September 9, 2013. Ganesha Chaturthi is the Hindu festival celebrated on the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the..
“GANPATI BAPPA MORIYA PUDHCHYA VARSHI LAVKAR YAA…”
Ganesha Chaturthi is on September 9, 2013. Ganesha Chaturthi is the Hindu festival celebrated on the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati.
It is believed that Lord Ganesh bestows his presence on earth for all his devotees during this festival. Ganesha is widely worshipped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune and traditionally invoked at the beginning of any new venture or at the start of travel. The festival, also known as Ganeshutsav ("festival of Ganesha") is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhadrapada, starting on the Shukla Chaturthi (fourth day of the waxing moon period). The festival lasts for 10 days, ending on Anant Chaturdashi.
While celebrated all over India, it is most elaborate in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha and Chhattisgarh.

Story behind Ganesh Chaturthi:
Traditional stories tell that Lord Ganesha was created by goddess Parvati, consort of Lord Shiva. Parvati created Ganesha out of sandalwood paste and breathed life into the figure. She then set him to stand guard at her door while she bathed. Lord Shiva returned and, as Ganesha didn't know him, he didn't allow him to enter. Lord Shiva became enraged and asked his follower ghosts to teach the child some manners. Ganesha was very powerful, being born of Parvati, the embodiment of Shakti. He defeated the ghost-followers (called "Ghana’s) and declared nobody was allowed to enter while his mother was bathing.
After the ghosts were defeated, Lord Shiva launched an attack against Ganesha. Amidst the fighting, Shiva severed the head of the child. And brought on Parvati's rage. Seeing her son dead, Parvati revealed her true self, as the Adi-shakti, the prime energy that fuels the universe and sustains matter. Taking on a terrible form, she vowed to destroy the universe where her son was killed. The Gods prostrated before her and Lord Shiva promised that her son will live again. He sent Brahma out with orders to bring back the head of the first creature he crosses that is lying with its head facing north. Brahma soon returned with the head of a strong and powerful elephant, which Shiva placed onto Ganesha’s body. Breathing new life into him, he declared Ganesha to be his own son as well, and gave him the status of being foremost among the gods, and leader of all the ganas (classes of beings), Ganapati.

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