This year the most enjoyable festival of the Hindus, Ganesh Chaturthi 2021 is now in September. It is also called Vinayak Chaturthi. This is one of the most eagerly awaited, popular, and widely celebrated festivals in India. All the people are ready once again to welcome Lord Ganesha in a very enthusiastic way. The celebrations are going to start on the 10th of September and all the big arrangements are being done by the devotees.
This time it is also more special as last year we have faced Corona Tragedy with a long lockdown in most of the cities and all the major states like Maharashtra, Gujarat, Odisha, etc along with other states are better this time than the last year as these have faced the worst tragedy with a large number of Covid Patients. It is a 10-day celebration with 16 rituals which are performed by the people.
Significance and History of Celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi:
Lord Ganesha is worshipped before any Hindu cultural rituals, poojas, and big starting. He has been blessed by Lord Brahma with this Vardan. Lord Ganesh is considered a symbol of wisdom, travel, writing, commerce, and good life. He has many names and the devotees call him Gajanana, Gajadanta, Vighnaharta, etc. He is considered that he ends all the problems in any work and life. The devotees take his name from love and consider him their friend.
Puja Timings for Ganesh Chaturthi 2021:
This time the Pooja tithi for the Chaturthi is between 12:17 am to 10 pm on 10th September. The time for Pooja Vidhi will start from 11:03 am and it will last till 1:33 pm. All the devotees pray on this special day, as it is believed by everyone that worshipping him removes and finishes problems and obstacles from their lives and brings peace and happiness in their life.
Celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi:
There are 16 rituals that are performed. We broadly classify them as 4 key rituals:
Avahana and Pran Pratishtha Ritual:
It is the first ritual and the devotees do Deep Prajwalan and Sankalp and with the mantra recitation, they welcome Lord Ganesh and place the idol in their temple or pandal.
The Second Step is the tradition of 16 steps pooja as Shodash means 16 and Upchara means Devoutly Offering the Lord in the Sanskrit language. Lord Ganesha’s feet are washed and the idol is bathed in milk or dudh, ghee, honey, curd, sugar which is also known as Panchamrat Snan followed by scented oil and the holy Ganga Jal. The new clothes are offered to Lord Ganesha along with flowers, rice, garland, sindoor, and Chandan or sandalwood. The idol is then worshipped
and gifted modak, betel leaves, coconut, and incense sticks are lighted along with diyas. The whole surroundings are full of hymns and mantras.
This is the ritual that is performed before the Ganpati Visarjan. All the devotees participate in the festival whether they may be of any age. Happiness is observed all around the temples and pandals. People sing, dance, and also light fireworks with their groups. Lord Ganesha is worshipped with a chant of mantras, aarti, flowers, sweets specially made for him, and also modaks. All this is done in a sequence of steps :
- Niranjan Aarti
- Pushpanjali Arpan
Anant Chaturdashi is the day when all the devotees give their hearted farewell to Lord Ganesh by immersing the sacred idol in the local water bodies with the message and believe that he will return the next year. All the people ask promises from him to return the next year with more happiness. These idols that the people keep in their homes for 10 days. They do big celebrations and Mahotsav every day with their relatives, friends and loved ones. The celebrations make the conclusion by singing and playing devotional songs and dancing during the processions.