Ganesh Chaturthi is an Indian festival celebrated in honor of Lord Ganesha on his birthday. Lord Ganesha is worshipped as someone who removes all obstacles. Hence, he is also known as Vignaharta.
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It is believed that the festival was celebrated the very first time by Shivaji Maharaj, the great Maratha leader. But it was Indian freedom fighter Lokmanya Tilak who encouraged people to celebrate the festival on a much larger scale in order to unite against the British. The festival is celebrated by bringing clay idols of Lord Ganesha. The idols are immersed after 1 and a half, 5, 7 or 10 days. The idols are brought and immersed with great aplomb. The festival is mostly famous in Maharashtra.
Circa 2013, we are living in an era where immorality doesn’t cease to shock us day after day. It won’ be an understatement that humanity is slowly going for a toss. As we celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi, let us pray to the Lord to bless us by restoring the faith in humanity.
GANPATI BAPPA MORYA!