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Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, is one of the most popular Hindu festivals. It is celebrated to mark the birth of Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed god of wisdom, prosperity, and good luck.
September 18, 2023: The festival is commemorated with great fervor and enthusiasm across India, especially in the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Telangana, and Karnataka. The celebrations happen on a grand scale in cities like Mumbai, Pune, Vasco, Hyderabad, and Bangalore.
Date and significance
Ganesh Chaturthi falls on the fourth day of the bright fortnight of the Bhadrapada month in the Hindu calendar. It usually falls in August or September of the Gregorian calendar. This year, Ganesh Chaturthi will be celebrated on Tuesday, September 19, 2023. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Lord Ganesha, who is worshipped as the remover of obstacles and the bestower of good fortune. He is also worshipped as the god of knowledge and wisdom.
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated for 10 days. During this time, people installed idols of Lord Ganesha in their homes and temples. The idols are decorated with flowers, garlands, and other ornaments. Devotees offer prayers and perform rituals to Lord Ganesha. A variety of cultural events, such as singing, dancing, and plays, are also organized during the festival. On the 10th day of the festival, the idols of Lord Ganesha are immersed in rivers or lakes in a colorful procession.
The immersion of Ganesh idols in rivers and lakes can harm the environment. The idols are often made of plaster of Paris, which is a non-biodegradable material. When the idols are immersed in water, they release harmful chemicals into the environment.
In recent years, there has been a growing concern and a movement about the environmental impact of traditional Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations.
People have begun to promote eco-friendly Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations, using idols made of biodegradable materials, such as clay and papier-mâché. They are also immersing the idols in artificial ponds and tanks that have been specially created for this purpose.
Ganesh Chaturthi in 2023
This year, Ganesh Chaturthi begins on September 19 and ends on September 28. The Ganesh Puja muhurat will start at 11.01 am and end at 01.28 pm on September 19. Additionally, the Chaturthi Tithi will start on September 18 at 12.39 pm and end on September 19 at 01.43 pm.
Ganesh Chaturthi is a joyous festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Ganesha, the beloved Hindu deity. It is a time for people to come together and celebrate their shared culture and traditions. However, it is important to be mindful of the environmental impact of the festival and to take steps to minimize it.
Ganesh Chaturthi is a time for people to reflect on their lives and to pray for Lord Ganesha’s blessings. It is also a time to celebrate new beginnings and to look forward to the future with hope and optimism.