Ganesh Chaturthi 2012

| June 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

 Ganesh Chaturthi 2012

Ganesh Chaturthi 2012 is a Hindu festival of the son of the goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva known as Ganesha. He is believed to bestow his presence for all his devotees on earth for the entire duration of the celebration. It is the day that Lord Shiva declared Ganesha as superior to all the Gods. He is worshipped as the god of good fortune, wisdom and prosperity. He is also traditionally prayed to at the beginning of a travel or any venture. The festival is also known as Ganeshotsav. It is observed on the month of Bhaadrapada, starting on the fourth to the fourteenth day of the waxing moon. The festival usually lasts for 10 days and is celebrated all over India.

There are many ways to celebrate the Ganesh Chaturthi 2012. In India, you can purchase models of Lord Ganesha made in Plaster of Paris. It is the artistic work of especially skilled artisans who decorate and depict Lord Ganesh in beautiful poses. The celebration starts with the installation of the statues in temporary structures known as pandals and in colourfully-decorated houses. Pandals are decorated with lights, flower garlands and other theme-based decorations especially for the occasion.

You can also witness the chanting of the mantras by a priest in red or white shawl to invoke life into the statue. After the two rituals Pranapratishhtha and Shhodashopacahara, you can offer red flowers, blades of grass, jiggery, coconut, 21 trefoils and 21 durva. Then, the statue will be anointed with red unguent. All throughout the ceremony, you will hear Vedic hymns and other chants.

On  11th day of the Ganesh Chaturthi 2012, you can join the procession where the statue will be paraded on the streets with singing, dancing and fanfare. Then, the statue you will be immersed in water to symbolize a ritual to send off the Lord in his journey while taking with him the misfortunes of the devotees. Also, you should not miss the main sweet during the festival known as the modak.

A modak is a dumpling made from wheat flour or rice with dry fruits, jiggery, coconut or other condiments as stuffing. The modak is either fried or steamed. Another popular dish should try is the karanji. The karanji is similar to the composition and taste of the modak. However, it has a semicircular shape.

You can also join in public celebrations during the Ganesh Chaturthi 2012. You can witness theatre performances, singings, and orchestra with local communities. You can also join in community activities such as blood donation camps, medical check up and charity for the poor. There is a stage for budding artists where you can watch their art in public. The festival has become an important economic activity for some states. It is a nice experience to be part of the unity among Indians on this special day.

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Category: Calendar, Holidays 2012, India Holidays, Public holidays

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