Ganesh Charurthi is the birthday of Lord Ganesha, son of Shiva & Parvati and God of wisdom and prosperity. The festival falls on the fourth day of the bright fornight of Bhadrapada. It is amongst the most popular festivals in India and especially in Maharashtra.
According to Ganesha Pancharatam Ganesh as
Ganapati who brings happiness to all worlds, who destroyed the demon Gajasura, who has a big belly, beautiful elephant face, who is immortal, merciful, all-forgiving who bestows on me a well-disposed mind
The festival beginning with the installation of beautifully sculpted Ganesh idols in homes and mandaps, colorfully decorated, depicting religious themes or current events. The idols are worshiped with families and friends. He’s the god of wisdom, learning. removal of obstacles and giver of success. He brings in good luck.
As a child, we all used to celebrate together, but now everyone’s busy. So most of us do a simple puja in the morning, offer Ganesha’s favourite sweet Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the modaka. Most indian women make modaka at home but others can purchase it at sweet store. Besides modaka we offer God his favourite fruit and flower.
God Ganesha associated with the start of anything new like your business, work, school, even beginning of each puja must start with Ganesha. That is why we call him Adi Devta or the first god.
I would like to wish everyone (especially our site readers) a happy Ganesh Chaturthi and may God fulfill all of our wishes and keep the peace on the our blue planet.