Hartalika teej is a woman special festival comes on one prior to Ganesh chaturthi. The day is dedicated to goddess Parvati. Unmarried girls keep the fast to get good husband and married women keep the fast to have peaceful and happy married life.
Lord Ganesha is a younger son of Lord shiva and Lord of good beginnings. In Hindu religion, before initiating any pooja or beginning, Lord Ganesha is worshipped. Ganpati festival is dedicated to Lord Ganesha worship.
Lord Ganesha also known as elephant headed God. It is believed that Lord Ganesha created by goddess Parvati to protect her.
Hibiscus is a favorite flower of Lord Ganesha. is called Japakusuma in Sanskrit. Durva grass is also very important offering to Lord Ganesha. Coconut and bananas are Lord Ganesha’s favourite fruits. It is believed that red colour is Lord Ganesha’s favourite.
Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the major festivals celebrated in India with great enthusiasm and devotion. The festival marks the birthday of Lord Ganesha; the Lord of knowledge, wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. The festival is also known as Vinayak Chaturthi or Vinayak Chavithi. This day, observed as one of the most auspicious in the Hindu religion, is widely celebrated especially in the state of Maharashtra.
Gauri pujan is also performed during Ganesh festival in many households. Goddess Gauri or Gowri is another name for Goddess Parvati, the mother of Ganesha. But in Gauri Puja during Vinayaka Chaturthi in certain parts of Maharashtra, especially in Pune, Goddess Gauri is the sister of Ganapati. Arrival of Goddess Gauri in homes is said to bring health, wealth, happiness and prosperity. Two idols of Goddess Gauri are brought home and worshipped and the arrival is regarded as the coming of the sisters of Ganesha by some communities.
- Tell us the story behind the festival which your ganny has told you when you were kid? (some special memories)
A story told to me by my Granny while having fight with elder cousin on who will sit on granny lap. Ganesha and His brother kartike once had a dispute as to who was the elder of the two. They went to their father Lord Shiva for final decision. Shiva told them that whoever would make a tour of the whole world and come back first to the starting point would be considered as the elder. Kartike flew off on his vehicle, the peacock, to go around the the world. But the wise Ganesha went around parents and claimed that he has completed his task.Lord Shiva said how can I give you the prize; you did not go around the world?”Ganesha replied, “No, but I have gone around my parents. My parents represent the entire world for me. Thus Lord Ganesha, was declared as the winner and was thereafter acknowledged as the elder of the two brothers.
- How and when do you start preparing for the festival.
The preparations start about couple of months ahead when you give a order for the Ganesh Moorti. Then come the decoration part , and the mandap . We generally decorate the entire mandap with natural flowers . Then comes the part of cleaning & decorating your house for welcoming lord Ganesha . Just couple of days before the Ganesh chaturthi , the Mandap decoration is done & preparations start for nevaydha ( Bhog) with Modak as one of the prominent item. Lord Ganesh is brought home while chanting “Ganpati Bappa Morya “ & similar slogans . For 10 Days Lord Ganesha is worshiped and on Anant Chaturdarshi Lord Ganesh Idol is immersed in a Lake symbolizing a ritual see-off of to the Lord with people enthusiastically chanting Ganpati Bappa Morya , Pudachay Varsi Lavkar Yaa. (Come soon next year)
- What are the various authentic dishes prepared during the festival.
Modak is said to be Lord Ganesha’ favourite sweet. So different types of modaks and dishes made out coconut is offered. Rava (semolina) kheer is offered to undir(rat), vaahan of Lord Ganesha.
- Is there any special offering to the God.
During Ganesh festival, ukdiche modak or steamed modak is offered as naivedhya on first day of the festival. Everyday, different naivedhya is offered to Lord Ganesha and most of the dishes prepared without red chili powder, Garlic and onion.
There are few dishes which prepared during Ganesh festival as naivedhya, specially on the last day of the festival which are :
Ukdiche modak or Steamed modak , fried modak, narial karanji, mix vegetable subzi, mix dal vade, ghagre, rava kheer, Varan bhaat, koshimbir, rice papad, puri, vatli dal subzi.
- Do you organize the Feast at home or its a dine out day for everyone.
Ganesh festival is a celebration time with family, relatives and friends at home.time of Family devotion to Lord Ganesha. Everybody tries to be at home. Family eat naivedhya prepared for Lord Ganesha. It’s a divine experience, Aarti is performed twice a day and Prasad distributed after that.