Ganesh Chaturthi: Ganpati Bappa Morya
Ganesh Chaturthi is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi as the birth of Shree Ganesha. On this day, devotees worship Ganesha idols, perform the aarti and offer prasad of fruits and sweets, especially modak, which is considered to be the favorite of Lord Ganesha. It falls in the months of August or September of the Gregorian calendar. In several places, clay idols of Ganesha, big and small, are made months in advance and thousands of devotees take them home to worship.
Ganesh Chaturthi celebrated in all India but especially popular in Maharashtra. This festival was invoked by the Maratha ruler Shivaji and then reinstated by political thinker and freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak. This festival is celebrated for 10 days and Ganesh ji immersed in the 11th day. Ganesha or Ganpati is welcomed into homes and massive pandals in the form of beautiful clay idols.there are several pandals in Mumbai which compete against one another, by setting up larger and more impressive idols; there are also prizes to be won for the best pandal.it is a time for devotion and prayer with individual households organising an evening aarti with songs and hymns. Women dress up in the best of their saris and jewelry and make beautiful rangolis outside their homes. This is also a time for family gatherings, gifting, visiting friends, relatives and neighbors.
The most famous dish of the festival is modak. A modak is a dumpling made from rice flour/wheat flour with a stuffing of fresh or dry-grated coconut, jaggery, dry fruits, and some other condiments. It is either steam-cooked or fried. Modak is known by different names in different parts of the country in their languages, as modakam/kudumu in Telugu, modaka/kadubu in Kannada, kozhakatta/modakkam in Malayalam and kozhukattai/modagam in Tamil Nadu.
Celebrations With Families
Every festival gives extra enjoyment when you are with families. Gifting to each other shows extra love with your families. Enjoy this festival of love among parents, dutiful, self-respect, forgiveness.
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