Ganesh Chaturthi in India in 2023

Ganesh Chaturthi in India in 2023
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  Dates of Ganesh Chaturthi in India
2024 Sep 7
Andhra PradeshSat, Sep 7Regional Holiday
GoaSat, Sep 7Regional Holiday (additional day)
GoaSat, Sep 7Regional Holiday
KarnatakaSat, Sep 7Regional Holiday
MaharashtraSat, Sep 7Regional Holiday
OdishaSat, Sep 7Regional Holiday
PuducherrySat, Sep 7Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduSat, Sep 7Regional Holiday
TelanganaSat, Sep 7Regional Holiday
2023 Sep 17, Sep 18, Sep 19, Sep 20
GoaWed, Sep 20Regional Holiday (additional day)
GoaTue, Sep 19Regional Holiday
KarnatakaTue, Sep 19Regional Holiday
MaharashtraTue, Sep 19Regional Holiday
OdishaTue, Sep 19Regional Holiday
Andhra PradeshMon, Sep 18Regional Holiday
PuducherryMon, Sep 18Regional Holiday
TelanganaMon, Sep 18Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduSun, Sep 17Regional Holiday
2022 Aug 31, Sep 1
GoaThu, Sep 1Regional Holiday (additional day)
Andhra PradeshWed, Aug 31Regional Holiday
GoaWed, Aug 31Regional Holiday
KarnatakaWed, Aug 31Regional Holiday
MaharashtraWed, Aug 31Regional Holiday
OdishaWed, Aug 31Regional Holiday
PuducherryWed, Aug 31Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduWed, Aug 31Regional Holiday
TelanganaWed, Aug 31Regional Holiday
2021 Sep 10, Sep 11
GoaSat, Sep 11Regional Holiday (additional day)
Andhra PradeshFri, Sep 10Government Holiday
GoaFri, Sep 10Regional Holiday
KarnatakaFri, Sep 10Regional Holiday
MaharashtraFri, Sep 10Regional Holiday
OdishaFri, Sep 10Regional Holiday
PuducherryFri, Sep 10Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduFri, Sep 10Regional Holiday
TelanganaFri, Sep 10Regional Holiday
2020 Aug 22, Aug 23
GoaSun, Aug 23Regional Holiday (additional day)
Andhra PradeshSat, Aug 22Regional Holiday
GoaSat, Aug 22Regional Holiday
GujaratSat, Aug 22Regional Holiday
KarnatakaSat, Aug 22Regional Holiday
MaharashtraSat, Aug 22Regional Holiday
PuducherrySat, Aug 22Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduSat, Aug 22Regional Holiday
TelanganaSat, Aug 22Regional Holiday

Ganesh Chaturthi is the day when all Hindus celebrate one of the most popular deities, Lord Ganesh

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National Holiday Regional Holiday Not a public holiday Govt Holiday

Ganesh Chaturthi in India

Ganesh Chaturthi is normally a public holiday in the Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Orissa, Puducherry and Tamil Nadu regions of India.

When is Ganesh Chaturthi?

Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as 'Vinayak Chaturthi' or 'Vinayaka Chavithi' is the day when all Hindus celebrate one of the most popular deities, Lord Ganesh.

The festival is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada, starting on the shukla chaturthi (fourth day of the waxing moon). This means the date will normally fall between August 19th and September 20th.

History of Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh may also be known by the names Ganapati, Ekadanta, Vinayaka, Pillaiyar and Heramba.

This remains one of the most widely celebrated festivals in the country, partly because Ganesh is one of the most popular deities for worship. His blessings are often invoked at religious ceremonies as he is the one who can remove all obstacles to success, particularly when people are starting a new business or enterprise. Ganesh is known as the giver of fortune and one who can help to avoid natural calamities. Ganesh is also the patron god of travelling.

Ganesh is depicted with an elephant's head on a human body and in the Hindu tradition, he is the son of Lord Shiva and the Goddess Parvati.

How is Ganesh Chaturthi celebrated?

In certain parts of India, such as Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, the festival is celebrated for ten days and is a very public occasion. Elsewhere it may be celebrated in homes, where hymns are sung and offerings made to Ganesh. Sweets are a common offering as Hindu legend has it that Ganesh liked them.

On the day of the festival, clay idols of Ganesh are placed in homes or outdoor in decorated tents for people to view and pay their homage. Priests will then invokes life into the idols while mantras are chanted, in a ritual known as 'pranapratishhtha'.

Many of the Ganesh idols will be placed outside under Bodhi Trees (Sacred Fig). The Bodhi tree is revered as a great source of remedies and is used to treat up to 50 different ailments. It also has a unique ability in that it can produce Oxygen at night-time instead of Carbon Dioxide. These healthy aspects of the tree make it a popular place for people to worship at, as it is seen as a great healer to naturally cure illnesses.

Ganesh Chaturthi became the festival-style public celebration it is in India today when the Maratha ruler Shivaji used it to encourage nationalist sentiment among his subjects, who were fighting the Mughals. In 1893, when the British banned political assemblies, the festival was revived by the Indian nationalist leader Bal Gangadhar Tilak.

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