GANESH CHATURTHI 2020
One of the much-awaited Hindu annual festivals is Ganesh Chaturthi. The eldest child of Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga, Ganesha is also named Ganapati or Vinayak. He’s revered as the deva of intellect, the messiah of individuals from distress, and a patron of art. Moreover, he’s the one with the tusk, Ekdanta, and also the face of an elephant, Gajanana.
It is celebrated in the month of August. Animated rituals, prayer offerings, extravagant embellishments, and sweets, with various public performances span over 10 days. However, at the end of this period, the visarjan or idol immersion takes place.
How is the festival celebrated?
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in homes, at temples, and also within the public spaces where huge decorative pandals or mandaps are structured to accommodate the clay idols of Ganapati. In homes, people install small clay statues or place an image of Lord Ganesha at the entrance, hoping for an obstacle-free and lucky new beginning.
For public celebrations, funds are collected and pandals are built. Beyond the religious significance, this sees a spur of cultural activities. Singers and theatre artists perform on stages on one side and, most places also see blood donation camps, free health check-ups, donations, and food distribution among the poor.
Further, aarti songs or bhajans dedicated to the Lord reverberate within the air. Post the 10th day, the idol is taken out on a procession and immersed in a nearby waterbody. As there’s a whole lot of singing, dancing, and chanting ‘Jai Ganapati!’ that goes on during Visarjan, making it one celebration.
How GANESH CHATURTHI 2020 IS DIFFERENT?
Every year enormous gatherings and celebrations were there, but this year every festival seems to be celebrated in a different way. Due to the pandemic situation of COVID-19, we all are bound to stay at home and not to gather in masses. But this year try to do the visarjan at home only. Further, be more creative and eco friendly by making a handmade chocolate GANPATI. And do their visarjan in a bucket full of milk, so later you can distribute the chocolate milk to poor kids. And you also can drink. In this way, you’ll celebrate a safe and eco-friendly Ganesh Chaturthi.
Decorations during Ganesh Chaturthi
With every place, both home and public spaces, becoming dotted with small and mighty idols of Ganapati, extravagant decorations ensue. The idols are usually ordered a month approximately before from the local artisans. Other puja accessories and decoratives, including LED lights, wall hangings, etc, are bought and kept ready days ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi.
Flowers are a must. Offering red flowers (red hibiscus) is usually considered auspicious. Colorful rangolis and delightful bandhanwars also spruce up the aura of the celebration.
Food offering during Ganesh Chaturthi
Food is an integral part of any Indian festival, and particularly so for Ganesh Chaturthi because MODAK is claimed to be his favorite sweets. A delicious sweet dumpling made from rice flour filled with grated coconut and gur (jaggery). And for the love of his sweet delight, Lord Ganesh is also sometimes called by the name Modakpriya.
So have a safe GANESH CHATURTHI at home and enjoy with your loved ones.