Each year people celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi, a Hindu festival, with great zeal and enthusiasm. Let us look back at the possible reasons about the legends of Lord Ganesha – the birth, life and celebration. 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 infuriated and asked his follower ghosts to teach the child a lesson in behavior. Ganesha was very commanding, being born of Parvati, the quintessence of power. He overpowered 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 mayhem and went to pacify the boy with no results. Exasperated, the king of Gods, Indra attacked the boy with his entire heavenly army but even they didn’t stand a chance. By then, this concern had become a matter of pride for Parvati and Shiva.
After the Devas were conquered, the trinity, the controller, preserver and demolisher of the universe launched an attack against Ganesha. Amidst the skirmishing, 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 an appalling 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.
Ganesha Chaturthi is one of the most widely celebrated festivals amongst Hindus
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 29th August. It is believed that Lord Ganesh bestows his presence on earth for all his devotees during this festival. Lord 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, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Chhattisgarh.
It is celebrated by artistic clay models of Lord Ganesha made by especially skilled artisans. These idols are beautifully decorated and depict Lord Ganesh in vivid poses. 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 www.ArtsNyou.com
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