Ganesh Chaturthi – Hindu Festival

Ganesh Chaturthi is a Hindu Festival celebrated across India in many states. Primarily celebrated in Maharashtra. It is observed to be the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha, my favorite God. Chaturthi in Hindi means fourth day. It is referring to the fourth after Shukla Paksha, the first fortnight between new moon day and full moon day.

God Ganesha
God Ganesha

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  1. Poornam Kozhukattai or Plain Modak Recipe
  2. Sweet Kozhukattai or Meeta Modak Recipe
  3. Kara Kozhukattai or Chilli Modak Recipe
  4. Ellu Urundai – Sesame Seeds Ladoo Recipe
  5. Ganesh Chaturthi Sweets for the Occasion
  6. What is Ganesh Chaturthi?

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There will be various Pujas held during this occasion. Preferably the devotion happens at Mid-day, as it is widely believed that Lord Ganesha was born during Afternoon. Also sighting of Moon is prohibited for two days.

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The Clay Idols of Lord Ganesha will be purchased and kept at home and across all streets throughout the country for worship. This worship is a week long process. There will be Mandapas or Pandals, temporary structures will be made to hold this worship. Local residents will contribute Food or Prasadas, offering to God and distribute to all devotees.

In all household a famous sweet dish called Modak in Marathi or Kudumu / Kozhukattai / Modakkam in South languages will be prepared and presented to Lord Ganesha. Along with this Coconut, Cashews, Dry fruits and more will also be offered to God. Black Pepper and Moong Lentils contained dish called Vundrallu in certain South languages also be made and offered to Lord Ganesha.

Other than India, Ganesh Chaturthi is also celebrated in Trinidad and Tobago and in many parts of the world where Indian natives are living. After the celebration for over a week, Immersion of the Idols will take place. Huge Idols will be immersed using large cranes. It is advised to buy Idols made of Mud instead of plaster-of-Paris to keep it eco-friendly.

Have a blast, with you a very happy “Ganesh Chaturthi” celebrations!

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See also,

  1. Poornam Kozhukattai or Plain Modak Recipe
  2. Sweet Kozhukattai or Meeta Modak Recipe
  3. Kara Kozhukattai or Chilli Modak Recipe
  4. Ellu Urundai – Sesame Seeds Ladoo Recipe
  5. Ganesh Chaturthi Sweets for the Occasion
  6. What is Ganesh Chaturthi?

See here for list of all Ganesh Chaturthi Recipes – All Ganesh Chaturthi Recipes

4 thoughts on “Ganesh Chaturthi – Hindu Festival

  1. Wonderful insight into Ganesh Chathurthi festival Every year I look forward to this festival, since Lord Ganesh is my favourite God too. Also for the savouries made for this day, esp kolukattai and ellurundai sweet, as called in south India

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