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The day of the elephant-headed God: All you need to know about Ganesh Chaturthi 2021

Ganesh Chaturthi 2021 will begin from September 10. Here's everything you need to know about the festival's history, symbolism, date, and puja schedules and the celebration in Maharashtra.

September 10, 2021: Ganesh Chaturthi 2021, one of the most auspicious festivals of the Hindus will be celebrated in September this year. The 10-day festival begins today.

Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat, Odisha, Goa, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, and Uttar Pradesh will celebrate it with great enthusiasm. On September 21, the festival will come to an end.

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Ganesh Chaturthi 2021 – Symbolism

Devotees bring Lord Ganesh idols home to worship the god, eat delicious food, spend time with friends and family, and finally immerse the idols to mark Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi.

Temples also perform prayers and distribute goodies like modaks, which are Lord Ganesh’s favourite.

Lord Ganesh, the god of knowledge and prosperity, was born on this day, which falls in the Hindu calendar’s Bhadrapada month, which is August-September.

Lord Ganesh is a Hindu god who represents wisdom, writing, travel, business, and good luck. Gajanana, Ekadanta, and Vighnaharta are some of his other names.

 Among his 108 other titles, these are just a few.


Ganesh Chaturthi 2021 – History

Goddess Parvati used sandalwood paste to make a baby Lord Ganesh and asked him to guard the entryway while she took a bath. Lord Shiva arrived at the door and told Ganesh he wanted to see Goddess Parvati, but Ganesh refused to let him pass.

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Lord Shiva was outraged by this, and he severed the child’s head. Goddess Parvati was devastated when she realised what had unfolded.

Lord Shiva pledged to revive baby Ganesh after witnessing Goddess Parvati’s agony. He told his disciples to go out and find the head of the first living creature they came across. However, they were only able to locate the head of a young elephant. That is how Lord Ganesha resurrected with an elephant’s head.

Puja Timings

This year’s Chaturthi tithi will start from 12.17am to 10pm on September 10. The Puja vidhi will start at 11.03am and will last until 1.33pm.

 On this day, devotees pray to Lord Ganesh, believing that worshipping him will eliminate difficulties from one’s life and bring harmony.

The Amanta and Purnimanta Hindu calendars, which are the two primary units used across the country, are utilised to calculate the festival’s date and time.


Anant Chaturdashi 2021

Anant Chaturdashi is the day on which devotees bid Lord Ganesh farewell by immersing the deity’s sculptures in local water bodies and requesting that he return the following year. .These are the idols that people maintain in their houses during the Mahotsav, which lasts ten days. Playing religious songs and dancing to their beats during processions are among the festivities commemorating the festival’s end.

Also read: Yummm! Make these delicious Variations of Modak and celebrate Ganesh puja

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World-famous celebrations in Mumbai

The fact about how the Mumbai people celebrate Ganesh Puja is fantastic, as we all are aware. With only a few days until Ganesh Chaturthi, Mumbai is rushing to get ready for the coming of its favourite elephant god.

For the second year in a row, Ganeshotsav will be held under the shadow of the Covid-19 outbreak, but that hasn’t dampened spirits. Markets are bustling with shoppers shopping for last-minute souvenirs, while pandal organisers are putting the last touches on stunning public marquees that won’t see the normal kilometer-long lines due to Covid limitations imposed in the face of the third wave.

By Sugyani Mohapatra


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