Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi is the festival celebrating the birthday of Lord Ganesha by Hindu Community. It is also known as Vinayaka Chavithi. Lord Ganesha is worshipped by Hindus all over the world and he is considered to be the god of good fortune and prosperity.
Lord Ganesha is the son of Lord Shiva and Parvati, according to the mythological belief, and born on the fourth day of the bright fortnight of the Hindu lunar month of Magh. Typically the day falls sometime between August 20 and September 15. This year Vinayak Chaturthi is celebrated all over on 1 September, 2011.
Huge statues of Lord Ganesha are installed in well decorated mandaps outside the homes. The Ganesha statues are decorated with glittering lights, colourful flower garlands and apply Kumkum and sandalwood paste on this auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. The celebrations last for 10 to 12 days.
Every day, the priest conduct pooja and give ‘prasad’ to its devotees and they believe that it has the blessings of their deity Lord Ganesha. All the celebrations are concluded by submerging the statue (Ganesh Visarjan) in river or lake.
Wishing you all a very happy and prosperous Ganesh Chaturthi!