Ganesh Chaturthi 2020: Time to Invoke Ganesha's Blessings!
By: Future Point | 06-Aug-2020Views : 503
Ganesh Chaturthi 2020 will be celebrated on 22nd August 2020. However, this year’s celebrations will be affected by the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Nevertheless, despite the toned down festive spirit on the outside, devotees will have their hearts kindled with the love & devotion that they have for Lord Ganesha.
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesh and in Maharashtra, it is also known as Vinayaka Chavithi.
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in the Lunar month of Bhadrapada on the ‘Chaturthi Tithi’ (4th Date) of the Shukla Paksha (Waxing Phase of the Moon). It is also known as Vinayaka Chavithi as Vinayaka is also one of the many names of Lord Ganesh.
People perform a Ganpati Sthapana Vidhi on Ganesh Chaturthi after they bring an idol of Lord Ganesh/Ganpati in their homes. Post that, they perform a Ganesh Puja daily and after 10 days on ‘Chaturdashi Tithi’ (14th Date) of the Shukla Paksha of the Lunar month of Bhadrapada month, they take that idol outside as per a ritual to immerse it in a water body.
This ritual is repeated every year and devotees remain eager to bring Lord Ganesh into their homes on Ganesh Chaturthi again next year for a 10 day celebration that completes with the immersion of the idol in a water body.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2020 or Vinayaka Chavithi 2020 date is “22nd August 2020”.
Story Behind Ganesh Chaturthi
Once upon a time when Goddess Parvati was about to go for a bath inside a cave, she took some sandalwood & turmeric paste off Her arms and created a very young boy child. She told that child to guard the door of the cave and not let anyone enter that cave. The child stood outside the cave’s door firmly obeying his mother’s orders.
Suddenly, Lord Shiva who is the husband of Goddess Parvati, came and tried to enter the cave. The child stopped Him and asked Him to wait outside as per his mother’s order. This infuriated Lord Shiva and He warned the child of serious consequences if he did not step aside. The child remained firm on his position and refused to let Lord Shiva inside the cave.
Lord Shiva then called on His followers who are known as the ‘Ganas’ to get the child removed from that door. A heated argument started between the Ganas and the child which later took the form of a battle and the child defeated all the Ganas.
Now, the anger of Lord Shiva knew no bounds and He severed the head of that child with His Trident. It was at that time, Goddess Parvati came out of that cave and saw Her little son killed. This enraged Goddess Parvati and She took on a very ferocious form of Herself. She warned Lord Shiva that She would end the entire creation if Her son is not brought back to life.
All the other Gods started trembling in fear and prayed to Lord Shiva that He must bring back the child else everything will be destroyed by the furious form of Goddess Parvati. But life could not be infused into the child’s body with that old head and a new head was needed.
So, Lord Shiva ordered His Ganas to bring the head of a child whose mother is sleeping with her back facing her child. The Ganas not being able to find a human head as per that specific condition, realized that time is running out. Suddenly, they found a baby elephant whose mother was sleeping with her back facing her child and the Ganas brought the head of that baby elephant.
With time running out, Lord Shiva joined that baby elephant’s head onto the body of Goddess Parvati’s son and brought him back to life. The Gods rejoiced after Goddess Parvati calmed down and bestowed many boons on Her son.
That child was then named as Ganesh which means the commander/leader of the Ganas. Since then, that day has been celebrated as Ganesh Chaturthi.
It is interesting that back in the times of the Maratha dynasty in India, Chatrapati Shivaji revived the tradition of celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi which got stopped due to foreign invasions and political instability of those times.
Lord Ganesha’s Worship
One gets rid of all the obstacles of life with the grace of Lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha’s blessings make a person victorious over his/her enemies and bring success, sound health, happiness and prosperity in his/her life!
People observe fast on Ganesh Chaturthi as well as worship Lord Ganesh throughout the 10 period leading to the immersion of Lord Ganesha’s idol.
People perform Lord Ganesha’s Puja by lighting a lamp and offering Him Kumkum, Flowers and Durva Grass along with Sweets. Mantras of Lord Ganesh are also chanted and ‘Aarti’ is performed to invoke His blessings.
Interestingly before Ganesh Chaturthi, people also make it a point to worship Lord Ganesh on Sankashti Chaturthi which is observed on the ‘Chaturthi ‘Tithi’ (4th Date) in the Lunar month of Bhadrapada during the ‘Krishna Paksha’ (Waning Phase of the Moon).
Sankashti Chaturthi 2020 will be observed on 7th August 2020.
If you cannot follow the traditional rituals of Ganesh Chaturthi but still want to bring the phenomenally auspicious blessings of Lord Ganesh in your life, we suggest you bring home a Ganesh Yantra and establish it on Ganesh Chaturthi in your house and simply worship it everyday with a heart filled with devotion.