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Ganesh Chathurthi


Celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha, Ganesh Chaturthi is a popular ten-day festival in India. It is celebrated across the country with much pomp and splendour. Ganesha idols are placed in homes and pandals (tents) on the first day of the festival, and various sweets are offered to the idol. This marks the beginning of Ganesh Chaturthi. The deity is worshipped throughout India, in temples and pandals, at public places. Thousands of devotees perform aarti (a fire ritual) seeking blessings for good fortune and wealth. 

On the last day of the festival, the tradition of Ganesh Visarjan takes place. The worshippers parade the idols of their beloved God through the streets in large processions and immerse the idols in water. It is believed that Lord Ganesha returns to Mount Kailash and rejoins his parents, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, on the last day of the festival. 

The significance of the cycle of birth, life, and death is also symbolised by the Ganesh Chaturthi celebration. The Lord of New Beginnings, Ganesha, is also revered as the Remover of Obstacles. It is believed that when the Ganesha idol is taken out for immersion, it also takes away with it the various obstacles from the house, and these obstacles are destroyed along with the visarjan.

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