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There are two Chaturthi Tithis in each lunar month in the Hindu Calendar. In the Hindu scriptures, Chaturthi Tithi belongs to Lord Ganesha son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The two Chaturthi Tithis are named as Vinayaka Chaturthi and Sankashti Chaturthi. The one which falls after the new moon or Amavasya during Shukla Paksha is known as Vinayaka Chaturthi while the one which falls after the full moon day or Purnima during Krishna Paksha is known as Sankashti Chaturthi.
List of Vinayaka Chaturthi Dates 2018
When is Vinayaka Chaturthi?
The most important Vinayak Chaturthi falls in the month of Bhadrapada, though the fasting for Vinayaka Chaturthi is done every month. Vinayaka Chaturthi falling during Bhadrapada month is known as Ganesha Chaturthi. Ganesha Chaturthi is one of most auspicious festival in Hinduism which is celebrated on a very large scale all the over the world, especially in India
Ganesha Chaturthi also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi is one of the most auspicious Hindu festival celebrated in India with a great devotion. Lord Ganesha is the symbol of prosperity, wisdom and good fortune. This festival is celebrated for 11 days throughout India with lot of enthusiasm and passion.
Importance of Ganesh Chaturthi / Vinayaka chaturthi
Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, is a Hindu festival that denotes the significance of Pratham Pujya Lord Ganesha over other deities in the Hindu religion. It is commended on the fourth day of the Shukla Paksha (brightening or waxing phase of the Moon) amid Bhadrapada month of the Hindu calendar. As per the Gregorian schedule, this day usually falls around the time of August or September. On the day of Ganesh Chaturthi, individuals praise the birth of Lord Ganesha by introducing his clay icon on their Puja altar for ten days.
Ganesh Chaturthi celebration is commended to a large extent in the Indian state of Maharashtra with much euphoria and drooling over the divinity. The general population of Maharashtra sees him as their dearest God and echo the mantra of "Ganpati Bappa Moriya" amid this 10-day long festivity. On the tenth day, substantial openly parades of the Ganpati idols are conveyed alongside music and Bhajans. The statues are then submerged in the sea or some other near-by water body. It is thought that every year Lord Ganesha descends for a time of 10 days from Mount Kailasha to fulfill his worshippers desires and, he later returns to his folks i.e. Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva on the final day. It is the most passionate minute for his aficionados and, they bid him farewell by requesting his willful promise that he will turn back sooner next year (Hindi: Ganpati Bappa Moriya, Agle Baras Tu Jaldi Aa).
The legend connected to the birth of Lord Ganesha says that, Lord Ganesha was made from sand by Devi Parvati to watch over the pathway while she bathes, at the same time, Lord Shiva, when denied entry by the naive Lord Ganesha, got aggressive and, separated his brain while the battle between the duo unfolds. At the point when Goddess Parvati initially caught wind of it, she got angry and, requested back her child's life from her married man. Shiva revealed to her that it's against the laws of nature to go down a disjointed head back to its original spot. However, he found an escape clause in the rules and, coordinated the devas to look for a deceased individual who lies still facing North.
As per the Ganesh Chaturthi Story suggests, the devas could only locate a dead elephant meeting each one of the necessities, so, they burn off its head and took it to their Lord who settled it on Lord Ganesha's neck. It is one of the many explanations for Lord Ganesha being called Vakratunda and Gajanand.