Shree ganesh Chaturthi also known as Vinayaka Chaturti (Vināyaka Caturthī), or Vinayaka Chaviti (Vināyaka Cavitī) or Ganeshutsov is a Hindu festival celebrating the arrival of Ganesh to earth from Kailash Parvat with his mother Goddess Parvati/Gauri.
The festival celebrates Lord Ganesh as the God of New Beginnings and the Remover of Obstacles as well as the god of wisdom and intelligence.FESTIVAL is observed throughout India, especially in the states such as Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha, Goa, West Bengal, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh and Tamil Nadu. Festival is also observed in Nepal and by the Hindu diaspora elsewhere in the world.
The festival ends on the tenth day after start, when the idol is carried in a public procession with music and group chanting, then immersed in a nearby body of water such as a river or sea and Ganesh is believed to return to Mount Kailash to Parvati and Shiva.During celebrations period devotees chant Vedic hymns as prayers and vrata (fasting). Offerings and prasāda from the daily prayers that are distributed from the pandal to the community include sweets such as modaka as it is believed to be a favourite of Lord Ganesh. Beginning of modern era celebrations:
The earliest mentions of Ganapati are found in the Rigveda and imply a role of Ganapati as “the seer among the seers, abounding beyond measure in food presiding among the elders and being the lord of an invocation”, Skanda Purana, Narada Purana and the Brahma Vaivarta Purana, in particular, profusely praise Ganesh. Beyond textual interpretations, archaeological and epigraphical evidence suggest Ganesh had become popular, was revered before the 8th century CE and numerous images of him are traceable to the 7th century or earlier.
The festival is marked with the installation of Ganesh clay murtis privately in homes and publicly by Shri Bal Gangadhar Tilak popularly known as Lokmanya Tilak in Pune in the year 1893 on elaborate pandals (temporary stages).
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