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  1. 1. ‘Project on Ganesh Chaturthi’
  2. 2. Introduction: Hindu festival celebrated on the occasion of birthday of Lord Ganesha Bestows his presence on earth for all his devotees Widely worshipped as the God of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune Traditionally invoked at the beginning of any new venture. Lord Ganesh is remembered on Ganesh Chaturthi which falls on the fourth day of the month of Bhadrapad in the Hindu calendar. Ganesh Chaturthi is a ten-day celebration.
  3. 3. Ganesh Chaturthi was being celebrated as a public event by Peshvas in Pune since the times of Shivaji Maharaj With the fall of the Peshwas, Ganesh Chaturthi lost state patronage and became a private family celebration. Indian freedom fighter and social reformer Lokmanya Tilak introduced a new way of celebrating the Ganapati festival as collective community worship.
  4. 4. observed in the Hindu calander in the month of Bhaadrapada. starts on the Shukla Chaturthi(fourth day of the waxing moon period). falls between 19 August and 15 September. But this year it is on 19th September. lasts for 10 days. ends on Anant Chaturdashi(fourteenth day of the waxing moon period).
  5. 5. All over India, mainly in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Goa. Outside India: Nepal ,UK, US , Canada, Mauritius, France, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, and Fiji. UK: First time in the Vishwa Hindu Temple in 2005 Mauritius: Celebration started here in 1896 by well known Bhiwajee family So popular that the Mauritian government proclaimed Ganesh Chaturthi day as a public holiday.
  6. 6. France: Sri Manikka Vinayakar temple in Paris celebrates the occassion in a grand manner Lord Ganesh is mounted on a chariot which is pulled through the streets Numerous devotees of the Lord accompany his idol, dancing and singing "bhajans“ Many Sri Lankans, French and even Europeans also take part in the celebrations USA: By different religious organisations The Sai Samsthan, a Hindu society in Warrenville, Illinois Organises and is attended by thousands of local Indians as well as people of other nationalities. Other well known organisations :North American Sankethi Association of New York and The Hindu Temple Society in Miami, Florida.
  7. 7. Ganesh idol is brought & ceremoniously installed by the head of the house hold in the "home mandir" Decorated with rangoli "Puja" and "aarti" are performed every morning and evening Modak as prasaad is distributed amongst the devotees
  8. 8. Hugely popular, with local communities to put up the biggest statue and the best pandal Cultural activities: singing and theater performances, orchestra. Community activities: free medical checkup, blood donation camps, charity for the poor, etc. Bala Gangadhara Tilak, the national leader from Maharashtra hit upon the idea of using the Ganesh Chaturthi occasion to celebrate in a grand way & convey political messages.
  9. 9. Mumbai has its own importance in Ganeshotsav. The Sarvajnik Ganeshotsav Mandals play a major role in that. Messages of social awareness : traffic rules, water conservation pollution control are taken up for festival themes,awareness of need to eradicate corruption. Social and charitable. some of the popular Ganesh mandals in Mumbai: Lalbaugcha Raja, Gowda SaraswatBrahmin Seva Mandal(GSBC), Andhericha Raja' in Andheri, the Ganesh Mandal in Girgaon,etc
  10. 10. Two to three months before ,plaster of Paris models of Lord Ganesha are made by specially skilled artisans. Beautifully decorated and Lord Ganesh is depicted in different poses. The size of these statues may vary from 3/4 of an inch to over 70 feet. On the visarjan day (2nd , 5th , 7th or 10th day), statue is taken through streets in a procession accompanied with dancing, singing, and fanfare Immersed in river or sea symbolizing a ritual see-off journey towards his abode in Kailash shouting "Ganapati Bappa Morya, Pudhachya Varshi Laukar ya’’
  11. 11. Water Pollution : natural clay was replaced by Plaster of Paris longer to dissolve & releases toxic elements Increase in acidity of water : Chemical paints contain heavy metals like mercury and cadmium Non-biodegradable accessories accumulate in layers of sand on beach Noise pollution an unfortunate outcome of this joyous festival Eco-friendly Ganesh idols (made by kneaded papers) should be used
  12. 12. variety of sweets made on this occasion Modak: Lord Ganesha's favorite sweet filling inside is made up of fresh grated coconut and jaggery soft shell is made from rice flour/wheat flour mixed with maida. Fried/steamed steamed version-ukdiche modak eaten hot with ghee.
  13. 13. Besan Ke Ladoo Kaju Ke Barfi Karanji Puliyodarai Puran Poli Rawa Ladoo Moong Dal Ka Halwa

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