During the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, Lord Ganesh and his mother Goddess Parvati are welcomed to Earth from Kailash Parvat. One of the biggest Hindu holidays, Ganesh Chaturthi or Ganesh Pooja, is enthusiastically observed throughout the entire nation. The visarjan of Lord Ganesh marks the conclusion of the ten-day celebrations.
Despite Ganesh Chaturthi being a hugely famous celebration, there may be a lot of information about it that you are unaware of. You might be surprised by some of the Ganesh Chaturthi facts listed here.
1. Bal Gangadhar Tilak
Ganesh Chaturthi is linked with striking pandals and gorgeous idols that are constructed every year in Maharashtra, particularly in Mumbai. However, prior to the twentieth century, Ganesh Chaturthi was a celebration that was only observed within the limits of one’s own home.
Only through the efforts of Indian patriot and liberation hero Bal Gangadhar Tilak did the event become widely celebrated as it is now.
2. The patron deity of Shivaji
Ganesh Chaturthi has been celebrated since the reign of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the founder of the Maratha Empire. Lord Ganesh was the patron or family deity of the warrior king’s family.
3. The broken tusk
Many people believe that Lord Ganesh is unrelated to the Mahabharata because he is not mentioned in the epic. They are mistaken. The scholar Vyasa thought the elephant-headed god was capable of comprehending the Mahabharata and ordered him to record it without interruptions. When his quill went dry, Lord Ganesha is said to have broken a tusk to continue writing.
4. More than modaks
While Lord Ganesha likes modaks, the round and sweet delicacy, he also enjoys puran poli, a traditional Marathi sweet, and karanji, another sweet delicacy.
5. The 16 steps
Shhodashopachara is one of the festival’s four primary ceremonies. It contains the 16 ways in which worshippers must honour the god of all beginnings. Aavaahana, Pratishthapan, Aasana Samarpana, Arghya Samarpan, Achamana, Madhuparka, Snaana, Vastra Samarpana, Yagyopavit, Gandha, Pushpa, Dhoopa, Deepa, Naivedya, and Taamblooa are among these steps.
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