India is a country of faith. Even an Indian who has been living in India since their birth will not be able to recite the different festival days or auspicious days in India. But if there is one particular festival day that is known to the whole of India, it is Vinayagar Chathurthi or Ganesh Chathurthi. Vinayagar Chathurthi is a celebration of the birth of Lord Ganesha.
Legends about Lord Ganesha
There are many mythological stories about the birth of Vinayagar. The first and most obvious one is the Goddess Parvathi made Lord Ganesha with turmeric paste to guard while she takes her bath.
The reason why Lord Ganesha has an elephant head also makes an interesting story. Lord Shiva who returned from his meditation finds a boy, who would not let him see his wife, and starts fighting with him and chops off his head. When Parvathi returns from her bath and sees this, she gets furious and vows to destroy the universe. To stop that from happening and also to pacify Parvathi, Lord Shiva orders to find a head for the boy. The first child found was a baby elephant abandoned by his mother; his head was taken and placed for Lord Ganesha.
Another amusing story involving Lord Ganesha would be the race against his younger brother Lord Murugan for a mango gifted by Naradhar. When Naradhar gave a miraculous fruit to Shiva and Parvathi, they told their children, the first one to navigate the universe thrice will get the fruit. Of Course, Lord Ganesha won that mango by circling his parents as they were his world.
There are many life lessons one can learn from these stories, especially kids. Because, religion has been used by our ancestors to teach youngsters morals, ethics, and values. The occasion of Vinayagar Chathurthi has been just an additional opportunity for people to learn about the stories and their morals for their betterment.
Vinayagar Chathurthi celebrations have evolved over the course of time. Vinayagar Chathurthi celebrations are said to be initiated during the rule of Shivaji in Pune, and the present form of the celebration owes its gratitude to Lokmanya Tilak who made the efforts to bring it into effect.
Above the Vindhyas, people install Ganesha idols ten days before the festival and host poojas and dances around it. On the last day, they carry the idols and rally through the city before dumping it in the sea or any water body. This ritual is called ‘Visarjan’ and the myth behind it is that Lord Ganesha is being sent off to Mount Kailash to his parents after his visit to the people’s houses.
Below the Vindhyas, even though the celebrations are pretty much the same, South Indians restrict the celebration to two or three days. Other than that, the whole India makes Kollukattai(modhak), laddus, seasoned channa and other delicacies in the name of the god.
A day for fun
Ultimately, any festival day is just another day to gather with your loved ones and neighbours and make some memories. In the modern-day, there are a million ways to do the same. Everything from TV programs to lighting fireworks works favouring the fun of the mass.
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Happy Vinayagar Chathurthi!