Ganesh Chaturthī (pronounced correctly as Gaṇēśa) is the Hindu festival that reveres God Ganesha. The festival starts on the fourth day of Hindu luni-solar calendar month Bhadrapada, which typically falls in the months of August or September of the Gregorian calendar.
The festival celebrates Lord Ganesha as the God of New Beginnings and the Remover of Obstacles as well as the god of wisdom and intelligence and is observed throughout India, especially in the states such as Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa, Telangana, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh, and is usually celebrated privately at home in states such as Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
Historical Significance of Ganesh Chaturthi
Ganesh Chaturthi became a major social and public event with sponsorship of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj after Mughal-Maratha wars, and again in the 19th century after public appeal by Indian freedom fighter Lokmanya Dal Gangadhar Tilak, who championed it as a means to circumvent the colonial British government ban on Hindu gatherings through its anti-public assembly legislation in 1892.
Religious Significance of Ganesh Chaturthi
The date for the festival is usually decided by the presence of Chaturthi Thithi. The festival is held during “Bhadrapada Madyahanaa Purvabaddha”. If the chaturthi thiti begins at night on previous day and gets over by morning on next day then the next day is observed as vinayaka chaturthi. In the consecration ceremony, a priest performs a Prana Pratishtha to invite Ganesha like a guest. This is followed by the 16-step Shodashopachara ritual, (Sanskrit: Shodash, 16; Upachara, process) during which coconut, jaggery, modaks, durva grass and red hibiscus (Jaswand) flowers are offered to God.
Astrological Significance of Ganesh Chaturthi
The Bhadrapada month is when Sun enters Leo. This has a significance according to astrology.
Sun in Leo provides:
- Excellent time to gain a new perspective of life
- Illuminates everything it touches
- It brings things to light in a new perspective
- Opens a new path to fulfill our dreams, creates the will in us to realize it
- Boosts the ego, gives self confidence and fills one with vibrant energy
- One can work towards greater professional success and fulfillment in personal life
- One can build traits of determination, strength, royalty, boldness, magnetic nature, optimism, kind heart, generosity, reputation, ability, dignity, confidence by connecting to the energies of the Sun through ways of propitiation.
On the fourth day of Bhadrapada is Ganesh Chaturthi. Our ancient sages and seers calculated these dates so that we can gain from this month. The first step is, invoking the energies that remove obstacles that may be present between us and what we want to accomplish. Involve yourself in Ganesh Chaturthi.
May this month Bhadrapada bring you new perspective to life. May it illuminate your life. May Ganesh Chaturthi show you a new path to fulfilling your dreams and may it create the will to realise it.
From Mahesh Krishnamurthy and Team