Preparations for the ten-day long auspicious Ganesha festival are underway, as the name implies, after two years of minor to no celebration. This festival is praised with passion in India. But it’s primarily celebrated in the state of Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, etc.
People welcome Ganpati Bappa by installing Ganesha idols in their homes on the first day of the celebration. The enthusiast worships the elephant-headed God and bids adieu to him by immersing the idols in water after 1, 5, 7 or 10 days.
The duration of keeping Lord Ganesha idols at home for worshipping completely depends upon the devotees. Typically, many myths and rituals are linked to this festival’s celebration. Learn more about the stories behind these auspicious times here.
Lord Ganesha Birth
The Hindu god Lord Ganesha was born on the Chaturthi Tithi in the Shukla Paksha in the Bhadrapada month. According to the Gregorian calendar, this Hindu lunar month falls on or about August 31.
A mythological incident in the historical writings about the birth of Lord Ganesha states that Goddess Parvati made Ganapati using sandalwood paste taken for a bath. She asks him to watch the door until he returns after a bath.
While bathing Lord Shiva came and tried to meet his wife. Lord Shiva was enraged when Ganesha refused to meet Parvati and severed Ganesha’s head from his body.
Seeing Ganesha’s head separated from his body, Goddess Parvati became enraged and started destroying everything if she did not return her son. Seeing the situation worsening, Lord Shankara asked to bring the head of an animal whose mother was far away from her son.
Fulfilling this condition, an elephant head was selected for the job, after which Lord Shiva attached an elephant head to Lord Ganesh’s body. Since then, the day has been celebrated as Ganesh Chaturthi.
Ganesh Chaturthi – Symbol of patriotism
The origin of a grand New Years’ festival goes back to the time of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. However, the festival was reincarnated by Bal Gangadhar Tilak to unite the people and bridge the gap of casteism among them.
To create a spirit of nationalism, he established the tradition of setting Lord Ganesha Idol at the Hindu festival. The story is told that he was the first individual to set up a large clay idol of Lord Ganesh in a public place, and he started the 10-day celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi.
Muhurat and Timings of Ganesh Chaturthi 2022
The festival will begin on Ganesh Chaturthi, which falls on August 31 this year; however, the Ganesh Chaturthi tithi will occur between August 30 and August 31. The Tithi time will begin at 3:33 p.m. on August 30 and will last till 3:22 p.m. the following day. Anant Chaturdashi, celebrated on September 9, marks the end of the festival as devotees immerse the Ganesha idol in water.
Why Avoid Moon Sighting on Ganesh Chaturthi
According to ancient beliefs, one should not witness the moon during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival. An entire moon sighting on this day is considered Mithya Dosham or Mithya Kalank in anyone.
According to the Hindu lunar calendar, Hindus are told to avoid seeing the moon around this time. Between 3:33 p.m. and 8:40 p.m. from August 30 through August 31 are the best ones during this period of time. Between 9:29 a.m. and 9:10 p.m. are next to optimal.