Ganesh Chaturthi – History

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Lord Ganesh is extensively adored as the deity of wisdom, wealth and good luck and prayed at the commencement of any new undertaking or journey. Well known as Vinayaka Chaturthi in the state of Maharashtra, Ganesh Chaturthi, a colourful festival of Hindus is celebrated with utmost zeal and pleasure in India and other parts of the world by Hindus. Ganesh Chaturthi usually falls in the month of Bhadrapada soon after the fourth day of the Amavasya or New Moon and carries on for 10-12 days.

The history of Ganesh Chaturthi says that this festival is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesh. Customary stories from Ganesh Chaturthi history reveal that the almighty Ganesha was formed by goddess Parvati, the better half of Lord Shiva.

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It is believed that Lord Ganesh was shaped out of the paste of sandalwood by Goddess Parvati which was regularly used by her for bathing purpose. She then blew life into the non-living structure and fixed him to protect her by making him stand at her bathroom door while she took a bath. Meanwhile came back Lord Shiva and since little Ganesha didn’t recognize him; he didn’t permit Lord Shiva to move inside.

Marked by extreme anger, Lord Shiva cut off the head of Lord Ganesh and moved into his house. Later on, realizing and understanding that he had put to death his own son, Lord Shiva securely placed and joined an elephant’s head in place of Lord Ganesha’s head. Since then, Lord Ganesha is portrayed as an elephant-headed God. This is the reason why Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated as Lord Ganesha’s birth anniversary.

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