Thursday 8th of June 2023

History of Ganesh Chaturthi Festival

Read Vinayagar Sathurthi Viratham in Tamil

The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, also called Vinayaka Chaturti, commemorates the arrival of Lord Ganesha and his mother Parvati to Earth from Kailash Parvat.

Ganesh Chaturthi 2023: The Birth of a Festival

Shivaji made a clay model of Ganesha to celebrate the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, a custom that originates from the times of the Maratha dynasty. This festival marks Ganesha’s birth or rebirth. 

Why Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated?

However, Shivaji made it big in order to unite Hindu leaders from the nearby Hindu Subas and kingdoms to strengthen the Maratha position against the Mughals. 

To further unite Indians, Lokmanya Tilak and Bhausaheb Laxman Javale revived the tradition in Pune in 1894 by organizing the first-ever Sarvajanin Ganesh Utsav. 

Lord Ganesh

Ganesh Chaturthi 2023 Celebrations

The festival takes place on elaborate pandals with chants of Vedic hymns and Hindu texts such as prayers and fasting are observed.

As part of the daily prayers, sweets such as modaka, which is believed to be the favorite food of Lord Ganesh, are distributed from the pandal to the community

Since then, India celebrates Ganesh Puja with great pomp and display. Every community, not just Hindus, participates in the Ganesh Utsav.

Lord Ganesh

Vinayaka Chaturthi 2023

Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, is a 10-day Hindu festival, observed during Ganesha’s birthday.

The celebration lasts for ten days and culminates on Ananta Chaturdashi when idols are immersed in local water bodies. Thousands of idols are submerged each year in Mumbai alone.

Lord Ganesh

When is Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrated?

Every year, Ganesh Chaturthi is observed between 22 August and 20th of September in the Gregorian calendar.

In 2023, Ganesh Chaturthi will be celebrated on Wednesday, 31 August 2023.

Lord Ganesh

Ganesh Chaturthi Pooja & Rituals

During the 10-day festival, four main rituals are performed. Pranapratishhtha, Shhodashopachara, Uttarpuja, and Ganpati Visarjan are among them.

Many homes, temples, and localities display beautiful Ganesha idols. The statue is also decorated with flowers and garlands. An ancient ritual called Pranapratishhtha involves chanting mantras to bring life to the deity.

16 different types of prayers are then offered to Ganesha’s idol. It is called Shhodashopachara.

Religious songs are sung and played, drumbeats are danced to, and fireworks are used to enhance the festive mood.

There is then a ritual performed to bid farewell to Ganesha in deep respect, called Uttarpuja. Next, Ganpati Visarjan is performed, during which the statue is now submerged in water.

Lord Ganesh

Ganesh Chaturthi Sweets

During the celebrations of Ganesha, the puja concludes with the offering to Lord Ganesha of 21 sweet dumplings, known as MODAKs, as prasad. For this purpose, rice flour shell modaks are preferred; however, wheat shell versions are also used.

Additionally, a variety of innovative recipes has been developed for modaks such as banana nachni modak, motichoor modak, and chocolate modak, to name a few.

Ganesh Chaturthi 2023 Wishes

Send your loved ones these Ganesh Chaturthi quotes and wishes for Ganesh Chaturthi:

  • Happy Ganesh Chaturthi Wishes, may Lord Ganesha bring you lots of joy and happiness in your home.
  • Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to your family, wishing your very best in this auspicious occasion.
  • Have a wonderful Ganesh Chaturthi and wish Lord Ganesha to remove all obstacles from your path this year, and that you reach all your goals and dreams.
  • Ganesh Chaturthi brings you many reasons to smile and be happy all year long. I pray you will always be blessed with this.
  • We wish you all the best in your life, and may Lord Ganesh remove all your worries, sorrows, and tensions from your life.
  • May the divine Ganesha bless you this Ganesh Chaturthi, and may he remove all obstacles in your path to success.

Ganesh Chaturthi 2023 Greetings

  • Ganpati Bappa Morya! Let the blessings of Lord Ganesha bring prosperity, happiness, and success to you. I wish you a happy Ganesh Chaturthi 2023!
  • I pray that Lord Ganesha blesses your lives with happiness and success. My best wishes for Vinayak Chaturthi 2023!
  • My best wishes to you and your family on Ganesh Chaturthi. I wish you good fortune and happiness through God Ganesha. Ganpati Bappa Morya!
  • May Lord Ganesha bless you with higher wisdom and intelligence. May you be successful and lead a life that is fulfilling. Happy Ganesha Chaturthi 2023!
  • Wishing you a very happy Vinayak Chaturthi. Wishing you all happiness, wisdom, and prosperity from the good God Ganesha. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi 2023!
  • Let us ask for wisdom and happiness from Lord Ganesha. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi 2023 to you and your family on this auspicious occasion.
  • May Lord Ganesha remove all your obstacles, anxieties, pain, and depression. I wish you success, happiness, prosperity, and love in every aspect of your life. Wishing you a Happy Ganesh Chaturthi 2023!

Ganesh Chaturthi 2023 Quotes

  • Wishing you a happy Ganesh Chaturthi 2023
    I pray for your prosperity.
    I wish you all the pleasures of life,
    I wish all your dreams come true.
  • Wishing you all the success in your endeavours from Lord Ganesh.
    I wish you the treasures of health, wealth, and happiness entrusted to you by Lord Ganesha.
    Ganesh Chaturthi to all of you!
  • Wishing you prosperity and fortune from Lord Ganesha.
    I wish you a happy Ganesh Chaturthi 2023!
  • Be honest and spread love throughout this world,
    in today’s day, Lord Ganesh returned to Earth with love to destroy evil.
    I wish you a happy Ganesh Chaturthi 2023!
  • Happy Ganapati Bappa Morya! Wishing you every happiness, success, and prosperity! May Lord Ganesha bless you! I wish you a happy Ganesh Chaturthi!
  • You may achieve eternal bliss and peace, protect yourself from evil and wrongdoing, and fulfil all of your wishes and desires through the divine blessings of Lord Ganesha. Greetings on this Ganesh Chaturthi!
  • I wish Ganesha to always remain your protector, mentor, and the remover of obstacles in your life. May your family and you experience a blessed Ganesh Chaturthi!
  • Om Gan Ganapatay Namo Namah!
    Shri Siddhivinayak Namo Namah!
    Asta Vinayak Namo Namah!
    Ganapati Bappa Moraiya!
  • My best wishes for Vinayak Chaturthi. I pray that God’s grace keeps shining upon you all the time and that you live long and prosperous lives. I ask Lord Ganesha to give you success in life and a long life.
  • As Lord Ganesh showed, tread the path of righteousness.
    Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to you and your loved ones.

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