The festivity starts on 5th September 2016 to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi spanning ten days. It is celebrated in remembrance of Ganesha’s birth as the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. This year it is celebrated from September 5 to 15, 2016. Depending on convenience, some communities celebrate the festival for 3 days, 5 days or 7 days.
The joyous festival is celebrated all over India with ceremonial splendour. It is celebrated more elaborately in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Orissa, Puducherry and Tamil Nadu. The city of Mumbai witnesses one of the spectacular festivities connected with Vinayaka Chathurti. The soaring Siddhivinayak temple holds incredible celebrations with infinite number of devotees paying tribute to their beloved god.
This festival is revelled with pomp and splendour in places outside India where there is remarkable presence of Indian diaspora.
Offerings to Ganesha
The main offering to the idol is Ganapati’s favourite food, ‘modaka’ – a sweet dumpling made of rice flour, jaggery and coconut. Flowers, durva (strands of fresh grass), karanji or gujia – a sweet dumpling made with semolina or flour and stuffed with khoya (dried whole milk), are other offerings.
Popular Belief of Forbidden Moon Sighting
on Ganesha Chaturthi
It is widely believed that on the auspicious day of Ganesha’s birthday, it is not favourable to look at the moon. It is presumed to bring false accusations and unjust criticism. There is an interesting story behind this belief. Ganesha, being the supreme obstacle-averter, can be adored to get rid of all the possible hindrances and misapprehensions that wait on your path.
If anyone happens to see the moon on Ganesha Chaturthi, then he/she should chant following Mantra to get rid of the curse –
सिंहः प्रसेनमवधीत्सिंहो जाम्बवता हतः।
सुकुमारक मारोदीस्तव ह्येष स्यमन्तकः॥
Simhah Prasenamavadhitsimho Jambavata Hatah।
Sukumaraka Marodistava Hyesha Syamantakah॥