grace and benevolence of
the Sidhi vinayak (Gifter of successes)
Vighana vinashak (destroyer of obstructions) and
Mangal dayak (giver of bliss)
be with us all, always
Ganesh Chaturthi (also called Ganeshotsav) is a Hindu festival celebrating
the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha. While it is observed all over India,
it is at at its best and elaborate form in State of Maharashtra,
and other areas which were former states of the Maratha Empire.
The festival is observed in the Hindu calendar month of
Bhaadrapada, starting on the shukla chaturthi
(fourth day of the waxing moon period). This year Ganesh Chaturthi
is on Thursday, September 1, 2011. The festival after lasted for
11 days, ends on Ananta or Ganesh Chaturdashi. In 2011, Ganesh Chaturthi is on September 1 and Ananta Chaturdasi on September 12.
The Visarjan (immersion) Processions and Ceremony
The festival ends with the ceremony of immersion of the idols in the sea
or rivers and wells. This ceremony which is called Ganesha-Visarjan
which means immersion of Ganesha is as popular as the festival proper.
During the immersion ceremony huge crowds move in a procession
carrying idols of Ganesha towards the places of immersion.
These processions which take place with great fanfare, begins
in the afternoon and continue till the late hours of the night.