Ganesha is also known as the God of Wealth, sciences and knowledge, wisdom and prosperity, and that’s why most Hindu remember him and seek his blessings before starting any important work. The other interesting part about Ganesha is known by 108 different names like Gajanan, Vinayaka, and others. There are a huge 10 days celebrations where people offer prayer to their beloved God Ganesha with dance, music, Decorating Ganesha statutes and finally immersion of his statues into the water.
History of Ganesh Chaturthi
According to several books and sculptures, Lord Ganesha is the younger son of Lord Shiva and Parvati. There are several stories about Ganesha, but the most common stories are stated below.
One of the most believed stories is that Lord Ganesha was created by Parvati out of her dirt from her body to guard her in the absence of Lord Shiva. She gave him the responsibility to guard the bathroom door while she takes the bath. One day Lord Shiva returned home and saw Ganesha standing outside the bathroom door of Parvati. Ganesha stopped Lord Shiva as Ganesha didn't know who Lord Shiva was. Lord Shiva got very furious o Ganesha and he ripped Ganesha head.
When Parvati came outside, she was shocked to see what happened. She explained everything to Lord Vishnu who in return promised her that he will bring him back. The devas were sent to the forest to search and bring the first living creature they find, The first living creature they found was the elephant. To not disappoint Parvati, Lord Shiva fixed the elephant face on the child and brought him back to life.
The elephant-headed god was welcomed to the Hindu family heavens and named Ganesha or Ganpati, which means the chief of the Ganas, or the attendants of Shiva. Ganesha today is considered to be the most auspicious God of new beginnings. It is very common to see Ganesha guarding entrances of temples and homes.
It is not known when the first time Ganesh Chaturthi was celebrated but according to famous historian Shri Rajwade, the first celebrations were done by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaja (great Maratha Ruler) to promote culture and nationalism. Since then Ganesha Chaturthi is celebrated with millions of Hindus with full enthusiasm and participation. With the independence of India in 1947, Ganesh Chatrupati became the national holiday.