Ganesh Chaturthi , the birthday of Lord Ganesha is one of the biggest festival celebrated every year. It is a 10-day long festival ends on Ananta Chaturdashi with the immersion of idols. 

As Ganesh Chaturthi celebration begins in Mumbai today, let’s take look at lesser-known facts about Lord Ganesha.

 

 1. The Celebration of Ganesh Utsav:

Lokmanya Tilak organized Ganesh Utsav from private family celebrations into a grand public event, his main motive was to build unity among people of all backgrounds.

 

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2. Stories of Ganesha

There are different stories around birth and name of Ganesha. Did you know where did the ‘Morya’ word originate from?

Morya was a devotee of Lord Ganesha called Morya Gosavi. Overwhelmed by the devotion of Moraji, he was blessed by Ganesha to fulfill his wish. Morya asked to be remembered forever whenever anyone remembers his god. This depicts the relationship between devotee and god.

       Ganpati Bappa Morya!!!

 

3. Sweets to offer during Ganesh Chaturthi

Popular sweet offered during this day is modak and ladoo. Traditionally, Modak is a little white dumpling and inside it has a sweet stuffing made from coconut and jaggery.

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4. Where else is Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrated?

It is celebrated in Karnataka and parts of Andhra Pradesh, and by Hindus in the UK, US, and Mauritius.

Ganesh Chaturthi is also widely celebrated in Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Nepal, China, and Afghanistan.

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5. Ganesh Mantra for Success

Ganpati is declared as the superior of all Gods. It is believed that saying 108 names of Lord Ganesha brings good luck to devotees.

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 6. Longest Procession

The longest immersion is of Lalbaugcha Raja starting from 10 am to next morning. The second longest is procession is that of Mumbai Andheri Cha Raja, starting from 5 pm and ends at morning.

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  7.  Eco-Friendly Ganpati 

Traditionally the Ganesh idols are sculpted out of mud but during the Plaster of Paris used while making the idols is contributing to water pollution when finally immersing in the water.

From past few years, there has been a growing popularity of eco-friendly Ganpati, idols are made of paper pulp, natural colors and natural gums. This small initiative as a responsible citizen can protect the environment and protect human health.

Wishing you a Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!!!

 

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