Ganesh Chaturthi 2020 Date


Ganesh Chaturthi 2020 Date is the celebration of the birth of Lord Ganesh, the God of wisdom, wealth and good fortune. It is said that before starting again, worshiping Lord Ganesha is of the utmost importance. His blessing not only gives strength and wisdom to progress, but also avoids any obstacles that could hinder success.

When is Ganesh Chaturthi 2020 celebrated?
Ganesh Chaturthi is usually a 10-day festival that begins shukla paksha chaturthi (fourth day of the waking moon) in the month of Bhadrapada according to the Indian calendar. It is generally between August 19 and September 20 on the English calendar. The Ganesh chaturthi festival ends on the day of Anant Chaturdasi, the fourteenth day of bhadrapad shukla paksha.

Other names of Ganesh Chaturthi
Ganesh chaturthi is known by different names. In northern India, Ganesh chaturthi (Hindi: गणेश चतुर्थी, Gujarati: ગણેશ ચતુર્થી,) is popular, in Maharashtra the festival is also known as Ganeshotsav (marathi: गणेशोत्सव). In Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, the name Vinayaka Chavithi (Telugu: వినాయక చవితి) and in Tamil nadu Vinayaka Chaturthi (Tamil: விநாயக சதுர்த்தி) is popular. Whatever the name, spirit and enthusiasm of Ganesh Chaturthi remains the same across the country.

The story behind Ganesh Chaturthi 2020
According to mythology, Ganeshji was created by the goddess Parvati with sandal paste which she used for her bath. Being the deity of power, she evoked Ganesh with such force that even the greatest of gods could not confront him in war. During such a war between the gods, Lord Shiva accidentally cut off Ganesha's head which sparked Parvati's rage. To satisfy his wife, Lord Shiva and the other gods fixed the head of a baby elephant on the trunk of Ganesha. This is why Lord Ganesha with the head of an elephant was created. On this auspicious day of Ganesh Chaturthi, Lord Shiva declared that Ganesha will be the only deity who will be worshiped before any other God. He would always be worshiped as a symbol of knowledge, wisdom and strength.

Different tributes are offered to the lord, including the traditional “modak” which is a conical candy made of coconut and jaggery. Other things like coconut, jaggery, durva (a special type of three-blade herb) and red flowers are also used for puja.

Traditionally, 21 modaks and 21 durvas are essential for puja.

On the 11th day, the idols are said goodbye by plunging them into the water. This "visharjan" is preceded by the last rites of adoration of the divinity with coconuts and flowers; this is usually associated with long processions and a huge crowd.

In Andhra Pradesh, along with the usual clay idols of Ganesha, turmeric and plaster of Paris are also used to make idols which are then worshiped alongside. Special sweet dishes are prepared for the puja. Kudumu is the local version of "modak" out there; other items include panakam (a spicy drink flavored with cardamom), vadapappu (soaked lentils) and chalividi (a preparation of sweet rice).
                                                   
Ganesh Chaturthi 2020 Date