Ganesh Chaturthi is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada, starting on the shukla chaturthi (fourth day of the waxing moon period).
Although, celebrated all across India, Ganesh Chaturthi (or Vinayak Chaturthi, as it's also known) is a really important festival especially in the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh in the Deccan and South India.
This Ganesh festival is about bringing home brilliantly crafted idols of the Lord ganpati, and there he will sit in state till Ganesh Chaturthi on September 19, when he is devotedly immersed in water.
Grand pandals or stages are set up and filled with fresh flowers and the idols are dressed up in colourful clothes and glittering ornaments. There is keen competition to see which pandal has been most artistically decorated and sometimes there is even a prize for the best dressed idol!
On the day of the Ganesh festival itself, sweets - especially laddoos and sugary modaks, which are a favourite of the God's -- are distributed (and consumed) and Ganesh temples are crowded with devotees who participate in the worship of the deity.
The fervour with which devotees celebrate the birthday of their most loved deity – Lord Ganesha suggests the significance of Ganesh Chaturthi in their lives. According to the popular belief, Lord Ganesha descends on the earth on Ganesh Chaturthi to stay with his devotees for the course of ten days and clear all their obstacles. In return devotees pamper their beloved Lord Ganesha as an honoured guest and prepare his favourite sweets – modaks.
Ganesh Chaturthi SMS
On this occasion, people also exchange Ganesh Chaturthi SMSes and greetings to celebrate the festival.
Here are some Ganesh Chaturthi SMSes for samaylive visitors.
May ganesh bring you and your family Lots and Lots Of HAPPINESS,LOVE,HEALTHSWEETNESS and PROSPERITY...
I heartily wish Lord Ganesha filled your home with prosperity and fortune. Best wishes on Ganesh Chaturthi!
I wish u HAPPY GANESH PUJA n I pray 2 God 4 ur prosperous life. May u 5nd al delights of life, may ur al dreams com true.
Wish u happy
Ganesh ki jyoti se noor miltahai
Sbke dilon ko surur milta hai,
Jobhi jaata hai ganesha ke dwaar,
Kuch na kuch zarror milta hai
Jai Shri Ganesha
This, is a special time when family
And friends get together, for fun.
Wishing laughter and fun to cheer your days,
In this festive season of GANESHA PUJA and always!
“Happy Ganesh Puja”
Aapka sukh gabesh ke peth jitna bda ho,
Aapka dukh undar jesa chota ho,
Aapki life ganeshji ke sund jitni badi ho,
Aapke bol modak jaise mithe ho
BOLO GANPATI BAPPA MORAIYAA!!!
Mushikavaahana modaka hastha,
Chaamara karna vilambitha sutra,
Vaamana rupa maheshwara putra,
Vighna vinaayaka paada namasthe
Happy Ganesh Chaturthy!!!