Ganesh Chaturthi is additionally referred to as Vinayaka Chaturthi that’s an auspicious festival of Hindus celebrating the arrival of Ganpati to earth from Kailash Parvat. The festival is marked with the installation of Ganesh clay idols privately or publicly. Some rituals include chanting of Vedic hymns and prayers and Offerings, that are distributed from the pandal to the community, include modaka as it is believed to be a favorite sweet of Lord Ganesh. The festival ends on the tenth day after it starts when the idol is carried to immerse during a nearby body of water like a river or sea in a public procession with music and group chanting.
In Mumbai alone, almost 150,000 statues are immersed in a year so that the clay idol dissolves and Ganesh is believed to return to Mount Kailash to His parents Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati. The festival celebrates Lord Ganesh as the God of fresh Beginnings and the Remover of Obstacles. Along with this, Lord Ganesh is also the god of wisdom and intelligence. This festival is observed throughout India, especially in the states such as Maharashtra, Goa, M.P., West Bengal, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and many other states of India.
The festival falls in the month of Bhadrapad, according to the Hindu calendar, and usually comes in month August/September according to the Gregorian calendar. This year, the ten-day festival celebration will begin on 22nd August.
Ganesha is considered as the god of wisdom, he is also called Vighnaharta. Those who bring Ganesha to their home on Chaturthi and worship Bappa with true heart and devotion during the entire Ganesh Utsav, Bappa fulfills his every wish, removes obstacles in every task, and He blesses the intellect.
Ganapati Maharaj is the first to be worshipped among all the gods. He is considered as the god of wisdom in the scriptures. His body is also different than other gods. While the body of his body is of humans, the head is of an elephant.