Ganesha Chaturthi is the Hindu Festival celebrated on the birthday (rebirth) of Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati. It’s observed during the Hindu Month of Bhadrapada (mid-August to mid-September) and this year it’s happening on 9th September. Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most celebrated and widely accepted religious festivals in India.
It is believed that Lord Ganesh bestows his presence on earth for all his devotees during this festival. It is the day Shiva declared his son Ganesha as superior to all the gods barring Vishnu, Lakshmi, Shiva and Parvati. Ganesha is widely worshipped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune and traditionally invoked at the beginning of any new venture or at the start of travel.
It’s celebrated all over India but most elaborate in Maharashtra, TamilNadu, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Chhattisgarh.
As the legend goes, Ganesha’s birth is an eventful epic which is quite interesting to know about.
Indian scriptures and people believe that Lord Ganesha was created by Goddess Parvati, consort of Lord Shiva. Parvati created Ganesha out of sandalwood paste that she used for her bath and breathed life into the figure. She then set him to stand guard at her door while she bathed. Lord Shiva returned and, as Ganesha didn’t know him, he didn’t allow him to enter. Lord Shiva became enraged and asked his follower ghosts to teach the child some manners. Ganesha was very powerful, being born of Parvati, the embodiment of power. He defeated the ghost-followers and declared nobody was allowed to enter while his mother was bathing. The sage of heavens along with the Saptarshi sensed a growing turmoil and went to appease the boy with no results. Angered, the king of Gods, Indra attacked the boy with his entire heavenly army but even they didn’t stand a chance. By then, this issue had become a matter of pride for Parvati and Shiva.
After the Devas were defeated, the trinity, the controller, preserver and destroyer of the universe launched an attack against Ganesha. Amidst the fighting, Shiva severed the head of the child and brought on Parvati’s rage. Seeing her son dead, Parvati revealed her true self, as the Adi-shakti, the prime energy that fuels the universe and sustains matter. Taking on a terrible form, she vowed to destroy the universe where her son was killed and re-create a better one. The Gods prostrated before her and Shiva promised that her son will live again. The trinity hunted the world for a head and came across a mother elephant crying for her dead baby. They consoled the mother and fixed the head of the baby elephant in place of Ganesha’s head. Lord Shiva also declared that from this day, the boy would be called as “Ganesha” (Gana-Isha : lord of the Ganas). In this way, Lord Ganesha came to be depicted as the elephant-headed God.
In India, it’s celebrated by artistic clay models of Lord Ganesha made byespecially skilled artisans. These idols are beautifully decorated and depict Lord Ganesh in vivid poses. The size of these statues may vary from 3/4 of an inch to over 70 feet. Some people worship the Silver or Gold statue of Ganesha on the same day. Art is a diverse range of human activities and the products of those activities. ArtsnYou.com is the go-to destination to shop for With Wonderful range of Art Prints, Posters, Canvas Prints, Photography, Oil Paintings, Glass painting and many others,that express personal interests, life-long passions and of-the-moment obsessions. With a selection of over 1,500,000 images, ArtsnYou.com has something for every budget and decorating style. Find your favorite art prints from classic masters and discover up-and-coming artists. Plus, choose from custom framing, canvas and wood mounting to truly make a piece your own – all high-quality at amazing prices.
People in India also engage in worshipping the wall-pictures of Ganesha either hanged on their wall or in the small temple located in their home. Such pictures can be found out at ArtsNyou.com