Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations

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Ganesh Chaturthi - Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaja

The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated the states of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and many other parts of India and was started by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaja, the great Maratha ruler, to promote culture and nationalism.

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Ganesh Chaturthi - Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaja
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Lokmanya Tilak

The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi was revived by Lokmanya Tilak (a freedom fighter) to spread the message of freedom struggle and to defy the British who had banned public assemblies.

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Lokmanya Tilak
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Celebrations

The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi gave the Indians a feeling of unity and revived their patriotic spirit and faith. This public festival formed the background for political leaders who delivered speeches to inspire people against the Western rule. The festival is so popular that the preparations begin months in advance.

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Celebrations
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Ganesh Chaturthi Idols

The artists who make the idols of Ganesh compete with each other to make bigger and more magnificent and elegant idols. The relevantly larger ones are anything from 10 meters to 30 meters in height.

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Ganesh Chaturthi Idols
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Ganesh Chaturthi Kozhukattai

Kozhukattai are traditional south Indian delicacies made during Ganesh Chaturthi.

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Ganesh Chaturthi Kozhukattai
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Modak

This is a traditional and authentic recipe in maharashtrians. People make them on Ganesha's first day (Ganesh Chaturthi) as prasad. The ritual is that atleast 11- 21 modaks should be kept in front of Ganapati Bappa. Almost all maharashtrians love them and make them on this day.

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Modak
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Ganesh Chaturthi Pooja

Ganesha statues are installed in street corners and in homes, and elaborate arrangements are made for lighting, decoration, mirrors and the most common of flowers. Poojas (prayer services) are performed daily.

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Ganesh Chaturthi Pooja
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Ganesh And the Moon

It is still forbidden to look at the moon on the day of Ganesh Chaturthi as the moon had laughed at Ganesha when he fell from his vehicle, the rat.

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Ganesh And the Moon
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Ganesh Chaturthi Celebration

These statues are then carried on decorated floats to be immersed in the sea after one, three, five, seven and ten days. Thousands of processions converge on the beaches to immerse the holy idols in the sea. This procession and immersion is accompanied by drum- beats, devotional songs and dancing.

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Ganesh Chaturthi Celebration
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Ganesh Visarjan

With the immersion of the idol amidst the chanting of "Ganesh Maharaj Ki Jai!" (Hail Lord Ganesh). The festival ends with pleas to Ganesha to return the next year with chants of "Ganpati bappa morya, pudcha varshi laukar ya" (Hail Lord Ganesh, return again soon next year.

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Ganesh Visarjan
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