Why do we celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi?

  Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most celebrated festivals by Hindus all over the world. Ganesh Chaturthi festival is celebrated every year on the Waxing moon period of the tamil month Avani, the day on which Ganesh, the son of Lord shiva and Goddess Parvati was born. This year, Ganesh Chaturthi falls on 22 August.

Long long ago, a devotee of Lord Shiva, Kajamukasuran, used to persecute the gods in many ways with arrogance due to his blessed wish by Lord shiva. The granted wish was not to be killed by himself, human, animals and weapons. Basically, none could kill him. The gods were left with no idea what to do with him to control his arrogance. 

 All the gods gathered together and surrendered to Lord Shiva. But Lord Shiva couldn’t help as he granted the wish. Then they surrendered to Lord Ganesha, who had an elephant face and a human body. 

Ganesha was neither a human nor an animal. So, there was a chance for him to destroy Kajamukasura. There was a fierce battle between Ganesha and Kajamukasura. In the end Lord Ganesha broke one of his horns and came to destroy him. Thus, he executed Kajamukasura. 

   Kajamukasura then turned to be a good soul and asked for blessing from Lord Ganesha. Ganesha, blessed him to be his vehicle. Through this everyone prospered. From that day onwards chaturthi on the month of Avani is celebrated as Ganesha Chaturthi. If Ganesha is worshiped on that day, any critical problem will be resolved, is the belief.

This year Ganesh Chathurthi is not going to be as usual, the good thing is, there will be less pollution and stampedes this year due to lockdown. Many masked ganesha idols are on sale, which looks cool. Let’s believe these masked ganeshas will sweep away Covid19 from the world.

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to all!!

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