Lord Ganesha or Ganpati is the Hindu god of new beginnings and the destroyer of obstacles and hence is worshipped before the start of any auspicious event or ceremony. Ganesh Chaturthi, also called Vinayaka Chaturthi, is a Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Lord Ganesh to earth. This is one of the most widely celebrated festivals in India, because Lord Ganesha is a popular deity in all major regional cultures.
People install clay idols of Lord Ganesh in their homes and outdoor pandals in public places and worship them with much pomp and fanfare. In certain regions of India, especially Maharashtra, this celebration is done for 10 days. These clay idols are then submerged in a water body and allowed to dissolve.
What is the date of Ganesh Chaturthi in 2023 India calendar?
18 September 2023 – Monday
When Chaturthi Thithi Begins?
Chaturthi Starts Date: 18 September 2023, 11:39 AM
Chaturthi End Date: 19 September 2023, 11:50 AM
What time should we worship Ganesha?
You can carry out pooja at the auspicious time in evening – 4:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Ganesh Chaturthi 2023 Date & Time as per Tamil Calendar
The date of Ganesh Chaturthi for the year 2023 is 18 September, Monday.
Why is Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrated?
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated across India to mark and honour the birth of Lord Ganesh, who is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. As the story goes, Goddess Parvati made Lord Ganesh out of clay and sandalwood paste to guard her entrance while she was taking bath. When Lord Shiva, her husband, tried to enter Lord Ganesh blocked him. An enraged Lord Shiva beheaded the baby Ganesha’s head. As Goddess Parvati realised what happened, she was furious. Lord Shiva brought him back to life by placing a baby elephant head to his torso.
Another story has it that Lord Ganesh was created by Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati on request by the Devas to be a ‘destroyer of obstacles’ to help them avert the obstacles created by the demons.
Why Ganesh Chaturthi is Celebrated for 10 days?
By installing clay idols, the devotees welcome Lord Ganesha into their homes and temples as a guest and he is worshipped with elaborate rituals. It is believed that in these 10 days Lord Ganesha graces the earth and brings happiness, wisdom and prosperity for his devotees. Once his stay is over. He is ceremoniously sent off by immersing the clay idol in a water body.
Is ganesh chaturthi a bank holiday?
Yes. All banks remain closed on the day of Ganesh Chaturthi.
How to do Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayagar Chaturthi puja at home?
After buying/making a clay idol of Lord Ganesh, deck it up with ornaments and clothes. Place the idol on an altar in the Pooja room. You can also draw a nice rangoli in front of it. Light a lamp with gingelly oil, sesame oil or ghee. Decorate with flowers and garland. Different regions in India offer different kinds of flowers. In Tamil Nadu, a grass (arugampul) garland is offered. Offer homemade modak (kozhukattai), ladoos, fruits, coconut and water.