Here in this article, we will try to cover when is Ganesh Chaturthi this year? What will be the dates for the upcoming years and what is the meaning of the phrase?
Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi is celebrated every year as the birthday of Lord Ganesh. It is considered to be a very auspicious day in the Hindu calendar of festivals and events.
When is Ganesh Chaturthi?
It falls on the fourth day of the waxing moon period which is also known as Shukla Chaturthi in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada every year.
It lies in the month of August or September. It will lie on August 22 in 2020 & the Anant Chaturdashi on September 1.
In the Year 2021
Ganesh Chaturthi 2021 will lie on 10th September and Anant Chaturdashi will lie on 19th September 2021.
When is Ganesh Chaturthi in upcoming years?
Below table includes all the dates on which the festival will be celebrated in the upcoming years.
When was Ganesh Chaturthi in the previous years?
The below table includes all the dates on which the festival was celebrated in the previous years.
What is the meaning of Ganesh Chaturthi?
This festival is celebrated for a period of 10 days according to the Hindu lunar calendar while the biggest celebration is done on the last day which is known as Anant Chaturdashi.
The festival of Ganesha Chaturthi is celebrated all over India but is the most famous in the state of Maharashtra.
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This is a festival which is marks the installation of Ganesh clay sculptures and idols either privately in homes or publicly in various temples and elaborate public gatherings.
This festival also includes the chanting of Vedic songs and hymns which are written in the Hindu texts followed by various prayers and brata, which is also known as fasting.
Lord Ganesh, who is considered to be the god of new beginnings and the remover of obstacles from the life is worshipped and praised on the festival throughout India.
Especially in the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Telangana, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh. It is usually celebrated privately in the home in Tamil Nadu.
Purpose and Symbolism
The exact details about the starting of this particular festival are unknown but it is known that it became a major social and public event when it got the support of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, after the Mughal-Maratha Wars.
It became very popular around the 19th century, when this particular festival was appealed to the public by Indian freedom fighter Lokmanya Tilak.
On the day of the festival, various temples across India worship the big sculptures of Lord Ganesh and offer their prayers to him. People play with Holi colours and dance on the tunes of various regional and religious songs.
The festival ends with the Visarjan of the idol or sculpture of Lord Ganesh in the river or ocean. People also chant the Vedic song:
Ganpati bappa moray, agale baras tu jaldi aa, which means in English that all hail Lord Ganesh and request him to come early the next year and shower his blessings.
This festival is not only limited to the boundaries of India and is also celebrated across various nations on the eve of the special occasion.
In Pakistan, this particular festival is conducted by Shri Maharashtra Panchayat, which is an organisation of Maharashtra situated in Karachi.
Other countries, like in United Kingdom, it is celebrated by the British Hindu population which is living there.
The mouse is considered to be the vehicle of Lord Ganesh & can be spotted sitting near his legs in every sculpture and Idol.
Lord Ganesha is the son of Lord Shiva and Parvati. He also has a brother whose name is Kartikay and is considered to be the God of war.
In other countries like London, it is organised by Gujarati groups and celebrated with enthusiasm with an estimated gathering of around 18000 devotees.
The people who are living in United Kingdom immerse the idol of Lord Ganesh in the Thames River.
Lord Ganesh, is considered to be the God of new beginnings is worshipped and prayed on the day of Ganesh Chaturthi through India.
This festival is considered to be the one which ends all the evil things and rejuvenates new energy and enthusiasm in the living beings.
In 2020, this festival will lie on 22nd August & on 10th September 2021 followed by the Anant Chaturdashi on the 10th day on 1st September 2020 & 19th September 2021 respectively.
People Also Ask (FAQs)
What is the symbolism of Ganesh Chaturthi?
It is considered to be the festival of new beginnings. That is why, people buy new house, cars, start new business or any other work on this auspicious day in India.
When is Ganesh Chaturthi 2021?
The festival in 2021 will lie on the 1st of September.
Which day of the week is considered to be the day of Lord Ganesh?
The Wednesday of every week is considered to be the day of Lord Ganesh.
What is Lord Ganesha the god of?
Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the deva of intellect and wisdom. As the god of beginnings, he is honoured at the start of rites and ceremonies. The principal texts on Ganesha include the Ganesha Purana, the Mudgala Purana, and the Ganapati Atharvashirsa.
How did Ganesha die?
Sensing that this was no ordinary boy, the usually peaceful Shiva decided he would have to fight the boy and in his divine fury severed the boy’s head with his Trishul thereby killing him instantly. When Parvati learned of this, she was so enraged and insulted that she decided to destroy the entire Creation.
Is Ganesha symbol of good luck?
Lord Ganesha among the various powerful Hindu Gods is said to be the god of prosperity and wealth. He is believed to bring good luck and thus he is worshipped before anything new is started. His idols and statues are of great significance to people around the world and thus are in great demand.