With the advent of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, the ten-day pomp and splendor would fill the air with positive energy that is unbeatable. There is something about this festival that gives an untold power to go through the entire 10 days with a lot of zest and energy.
Legend has it that Lord Ganesha was created by Goddess Parvati out of dough. It is said she asked Him to keep a watch while she had a bath. Legend goes on to say how Lord Shiva came and Lord Ganesha did not allow Him to enter. This infuriated Lord Shiva who cut of Lord Ganesha’s head. Goddess Parvati was inconsolable so Lord Shiva asked to bring the head of the first living being. Lord Shiva’s attendants saw an elephant and brought its head. Lord Shiva fixed this head on the human body and thus Lord Ganesha was born. This day is celebrated as Ganesh Chaturthi.
Amongst the Indian states Maharashtra is a prominent state celebrating this occasion with splendour and pomp. Maharashtra sees families booking idols a month before the festivities begin. Mandals are erected a week before the festival begins. People put garlands of marigold flowers and mango leaves, or toran outside their houses on the Chaturthi day. The entrance of the house is decorated with a beautiful rangoli (see pic above). These are handcrafted and made into various designs and colors. An aarti and puja (See pic below) is performed twice a day and there is a prasad offered everyday to the Lord. Various delicacies are made Modak being the favorite of all.