Ganesh Chaturthi ( also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi ) is the Hindu festival that reveres God Ganesha.
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated as a birth festival of Lord Ganesh. On Ganesh Chaturthi, Lord Ganesh is admired as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune.
Ganesh Chaturthi Festival Date 2017
Ganesh Chaturthi 2017 Hindu Festival will begin on Friday, 25 August and ends on Tuesday, 5 September.
This is a ten-day festival, it starts on the fourth day of Hindu lunisolar calendar month Bhadrapada, which typically falls in Gregorian months of August or September.
It is observed throughout India, especially as a public event in the western states of India such as Maharashtra, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh, usually as a private home festival in other states such Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh where it overlaps with the Teej festival.
The Ganeshotsav, the festivity of Ganesh Chaturthi, ends after 10 days on Anant Chaturdashi which is also known as Ganesh Visarjan day.
Ganapati Sthapana and Ganapati Puja 2017
Ganesh Puja is preferred during Madhyahna as it is believed that Lord Ganesh was born during Madhyahna Kala.
The time duration between sunrise to sunset is divided into five equal parts in India. These five parts are known as Pratahkala, Sangava, Madhyahna, Aparahna, and Sayankal. Ganapati Sthapana and Ganapati Puja on Ganesha Chaturthi are done during Madhyahna part of the day.
The festival ends on the tenth day after a start, wherein the idol (Ganpati) is carried in a public procession with music and group chanting, then immersed in nearby water body such as a river or ocean, thereafter the clay idol dissolves and Ganesha is believed to return to Mount Kailasha to Parvati and Shiva.