Ganesh Chaturthi 2022: Date, Time, Shub Muhurat, History and Rituals
One of the biggest and most significant Hindu festivals, Ganesh Chaturthi, is observed across the nation with a lot of fanfare and spectacle. The ten-day holy Ganesha holiday is about to begin after two years of restricted festivity.
People all around India celebrate the event with great fanfare and display. However, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, etc. are the states where it is primarily observed. Lord Ganesha, the deity of knowledge, riches, and wealth, is honored on Ganesh Chaturthi.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2022: Important Date and Time
Ganesh Chaturthi, which this year falls on August 31st, will mark the beginning of the festivities. The Ganesh Chaturthi tithi will, however, happen between August 30 and August 31. The Tithi time will start at 3:33 PM on August 30 and end at 3:22 PM on August 31. The event will come to a close on Anant Chaturdashi, which falls on September 9 and is when devotees would submerge the Ganesha idol in water.
History of Ganesh Chaturthi: Birth Of Lord Ganesha
According to the belief, Lord Ganesha was born on the Chaturthi Tithi of Shukla Paksha in the Bhadrapada month, which falls on 31 August this year.
According to the Hindu Scriptures, Goddess Parvati created Lord Ganesha from the sandalwood paste she used for bathing. She instructed him to keep watch at the entryway until she returned from bathing. while Ganesha fulfilling his duty, Lord Shiva attempted to meet his wife. On being denied by Lord Ganesha to meet Goddess Parvati, Lord Shiva got furious and separated Lord Ganesha's head from his body. When Goddess Parvati noticed this, she changed into Goddess Kali and vowed to end the universe.
When Lord Shiva noticed that the situation was getting worse, he requested that someone bring the head of an animal whose mother was looking away from her youngster. In order to fulfill this need, the head of a baby elephant was chosen, and then Lord Shiva connected the elephant head to Lord Ganesha's body. The day has since become known as Ganesh Chaturthi.
Ganesh Chaturthi Rituals:
While the festival is the same and has similar meanings throughout the nation, the rituals and traditions vary slightly depending on the location. At various locations, the celebrations run between 7 and 10 days. Some of the rituals are:
- Establishment of Ganesh Statue: A pran pratishtha puja is performed before placing the statue of the Elephant God on a pedestal, either at home or in a public area.
- It is believed that one should avoid looking at the moon on the festival's first night because it creates Mithya Dosham or Mithya Kalank.
- Every day in the evenings and, in certain regions, also in the morning, prayer gatherings are held at Ganapati temples and other public buildings.
- Making and consuming modak: It is thought that modak is Ganapati's, favorite sweet. As a result, during the festival, these dumplings are cooked and served as prasad. During this time, other food items including laddoo, barfi, pedha, and sundal are also distributed.
- Visarjan: The final day of the celebration, which can be any time between the seventh and eleventh days, is when the idol is immersed in a body of water.