About Vinayaka Chaturthi
Also known as Ganesh Chaturthi, this festival is the celebration of the birth of Lord Ganesha, who is a famous Hindu deity, son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The festival is celebrated with immense joy and dedication in all parts of India, especially in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra where it is celebrated for a long period of 10 days.
Ideally, Ganesha has an elephant head and is known as the healer of all obstacles. During this festival, clay idols of Lord Ganesha are brought to people’s homes and also in the colonies, and priest enchants mantras to go ahead with the rituals.
In many states, an idol of Ganesha is installed under Bodhi trees, which are known to be trees with great healing power, as it is also said that the tree releases oxygen at night, unlike other trees that release carbon dioxide, and has the capability of curing up to 50 ailments.
The festival is celebrated in full swing, with dances, cultural segments, competitions and also religious activities in devotion for Lord Ganesha. Practically, the festival marks the beginning of the whole festive season in India, as following Ganesh Chaturthi, festivals like Durga Puja, Diwali and Laxmi Puja are celebrated in the country in great spirits.