Ganesh Chathurthi festival begins

Vinayaka Chaturthi famously called Ganesh Chauth, is celebrated all over India. It  is the celebration of birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha, the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. He is the son of Parvati and Lord Shiva. The festival is held on shukla chaturthi in the Hindu month of Bhaadrapada  and ends on Anant chaturdash.

The festival starts on the fourth day of Hindu calendar month Bhadrapada and  ends on the tenth day on the day of Ganesh Visarjan. On this day, devotees immerse idol of Lord Ganesha in a water body close by. The gala celebration includes new clothes, sweets and dance processions on streets.

Ganesh Chaturthi celebrates Lord Ganesha as the god of new beginnings and the remover of obstacles. It is observed throughout India, especially in the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa, Telangana, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh. In Mumbai alone, around 150,000 statues are immersed every year.

On this day, Ganesha idols are placed in homes, prayers are offered to Lord Ganesha during Madhyahna or mid-day. This year, the Ganesha Puja Time would begin from 11:09 am to 1:35 pm. The duration for this puja is 2 hours 26 minutes, according to drikpanchang.

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