- Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi is an Indian festival that marks the birthday of Lord Ganesha. This auspicious festival is observed in the month of Bhadra (mid-August-mid September) according to the Hindu calendar.
Ganesha, one of the most beloved gods is known by 108 different names in our culture.
- He is considered to be a symbol of good fortune, wisdom, prosperity and wealth.
This remains one of the most widely celebrated festivals in the country, partly because Ganesh is one of the most popular deities for worship. His blessings are often invoked at religious ceremonies as he is the one who can remove all obstacles to success, particularly when people are starting a new business or enterprise. Ganesh is known as the giver of fortune and one who can help to avoid natural calamities. Ganesh is also the patron god of travelling.
Ganesh is depicted with an elephant's head on a human body and in the Hindu tradition, he is the son of Lord Shiva and the Goddess Parvati.
This festival is celebrated with extreme devotion and joy in many states of India and even outside the country.
Telangana, Andhrapradesh, Maharashtra, Goa, Kerela, Tamil Nadu are some of the cities that have been home to these celebrations since ages.