Posted 05 Sep 2017 04:06 PM

Ganesh Chaturthi, a Hindu festival starts on August 25 and ends on September 5 according to the Hindu lunisolar calendar. The festival is celebrated all over the India to honor Lord Ganesh.(Birthday of Ganesh. People bring idols of the Lord to their homes with huge celebrations. Special prayers and delicacies are made in the festival. After ten days of the celebrations, Ganesh Visarjan is done, it can also be done on the same day of Ganesh Chathurthi.Ganesh idols can be are worshipped at home for one and half day also. Worshipers who choose to do the Visarjan the next day of Ganesh Chaturthi do the pooja in the afternoon after Madhyahna depending on the Hindu division of the day. Some even perform the visarjan pooja on the 3rd, 5th and 7th day of Ganesh Chathurthi. On the 10th day, plenty of devotees take their Ganesh idols for immersion. Few people even worship Lord Vishnu on Anant Chaturdashi.
Ganesh Chathurthi is celebrated most prominently in the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Maharashtra witnesses humongous celebrations on all the ten days of the festival. Festivities happen on a large scale in Mumbai and Pune with the cities reverberating with the chants of ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya’. Plenty of idols are seen in various sizes and in different postures, marching towards the sea.
As per the history, the festival was first celebrated as a public event by Maratha King Shivaji. Then a famous freedom fighter Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak who started a mass celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi in 1893 and used it to infuse the fire of patriotism. He wanted to bridge the gap between the Brahmins and the non-Brahmins.

Now even in Jammu, you can see devotees celebrated this festival with joy, people follow the rituals and on the 10th day immerse the idol in water and hope that Lord Ganesh will come back to their homes as early as possible with lots of success, joy, and peace. Ganpati Bappa Morya!

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