Ganesh Jayanti , also known as, Maghi Ganesh Jayanti, is celebrated on, January 25th, this year, 2023.
It is a Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed god, who is known as the “Remover of Obstacles” and the “God of Wisdom and Intellect”.
This festival is celebrated, on the fourth day, of the Hindu lunar month of Magha. This year, it is celebrated on, January 25th, 2023.
Lord Ganesha, also known as Ganapati, Vinayaka and Pillaiyar, is one of the most popular deities in Hinduism and is revered for his ability to remove obstacles and bring success in one’s life. Hence, Ganesh Jayanti is one of the most beloved and widely celebrated festivals in India and Nepal.
The celebration of Ganesh Jayanti starts with the installation of clay idols of Lord Ganesha in homes and temples.
These idols are beautifully decorated with flowers, fruits, and ornaments, and are later immersed in water, symbolizing the return of Lord Ganesha to his celestial abode.
The immersion process is known as Ganesh Visarjan and is a grand and colourful event attended by thousands of people.
The day of Ganesh Jayanti is also marked by fasting and puja (worship). Many people recite the Ganesh Sahasranamam and the Ganesha Atharvasheersha, ancient Hindu texts containing hymns and prayers dedicated to Lord Ganesha.
They also perform various rituals such as Abhishekam, which is the ritual of bathing the idol with milk, curd, honey, and other auspicious materials.
One of the most exciting ways to celebrate Ganesh Jayanti is by participating in the processions. These processions are a colourful and lively way to celebrate the festival and bring the community together.
It’s a common sight to see people carrying large statues of Lord Ganesha, accompanied by music and singing. These processions are a true celebration of Lord Ganesha’s birth, and they fill the streets with joy and happiness.
Did you know …….there are 8 forms of Ganpati, called “Ashtavinayak Ganpati” ??!!
Ashtavinayak refers to the eight forms of Lord Ganesha, which are considered to be particularly powerful and significant in Hinduism.
Each of the eight forms of Lord Ganesha, or Ashtavinayak, represents a different aspect of the god and has its own unique story and significance.
The Ashtavinayak temples are located in the state of Maharashtra, India, and they are considered to be some of the most important pilgrimage sites for devotees of Lord Ganesha.
The eight forms of Lord Ganesha, or Ashtavinayak, are:
- Moreshwar Temple, located in Moregaon, represents Ganesha as the destroyer of pride and ego.
- Siddhivinayak Temple, located in Siddhatek, represents Ganesha as the fulfiller of wishes.
- Ballaleshwar Temple, located in Pali, represents Ganesha as the ruler.
- Varadvinayak Temple, located in Mahad, represents Ganesha as the grantor of boons.
- Chintamani Temple, located in Theur, represents Ganesha as the remover of obstacles.
- Girijatmaj Temple, located in Lenyadri, represents Ganesha as the son of Parvati.
- Mahaganapati Temple, located in Ranjangaon, represents Ganesha as the big Ganapati.
- Vighneshwar Temple, located in Ozar, represents Ganesha as the destroyer of obstacles.
Devotees visit these eight temples in a specific order as a pilgrimage, and it is considered to be highly auspicious to complete the Ashtavinayak Yatra.
Along with the Darshan of the eight forms of Ganesha, people also perform puja and seek blessings from Lord Ganesha. It is believed that visiting all eight Ashtavinayak temples will bring good luck and success in one’s life.
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- Ganesh Jayanti 2023, is celebrated on 25th January.
- Ganesh Jayanti is an important and auspicious day for Hindus. It’s a time to honour Lord Ganesha, seek his blessings, and come together with your loved ones to celebrate his birthday.
- The festival is a reminder of the power of faith and devotion and the ability of Lord Ganesha to remove obstacles and bring success to our lives.
- The Ashtavinayak temples are a group of eight powerful temples dedicated to Lord Ganesha, located in the state of Maharashtra, India.
- They are considered to be some of the most important pilgrimage sites for devotees of Lord Ganesha and visiting all eight temples are believed to bring good luck and success in one’s life.
- Ganesh Jayanti is not just a religious festival; it’s also a cultural one. It’s a time for coming together with family, friends and the community, to celebrate Lord Ganesha’s birthday.
HAPPY GANESH JAYANTI
OM GAN GANPATAYE NAMAH
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