Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most popular and widely celebrated Hindu festivals of India.
It essentially celebrates the arrival of Lord Ganesha to earth from Kailash Parvat, accompanied by his mother, Goddess Parvati. People usually celebrate through hymns, prayers, and fasting.
This year, Ganesh Chaturthi is on 10th September and here are few interesting facts about the festival that you definitely need to know:
1. First Ganesh Chaturthi – The first Ganesh Chaturthi celebration was done during the
era of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the founder of the Maratha Empire. Lord Ganesh
was said to be the family deity of this royal family.
2. Public Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations – Ganesh Chaturthi had always been a homely
festival in India. Until in 1893, when Bal Gangadhar Tilak made it into a grand public
festival as a sign of unison and resistance against the British, as mass gathering by
Indians were only allowed if they were for a religious cause at that time.
3. Not Just in India – Lord Ganesha is worshipped not only across the Indian
subcontinent but also in various other countries like Afghanistan, Japan, Cambodia,
and China. Although the God worshipped remains the same, His avatars are different
in all these countries.
4. Looking at The Moon – It is considered unlucky to look at the moon on the night of
Ganesh Chaturthi. According to mythology, Lord Ganesha met with an accident while
he was traveling on the back of his mouse and the Moon (Chandra) laughed at him.
Since then, it is considered unlucky to look at the moon on Ganesh Chaturthi.
5. Lalbaugcha Raja Mandal - Lalbaugcha Raja Mandal is one of the oldest mandals in
India, set up in 1934 in the Peru Chawl locality. The first-ever Lalbaugcha Raja was
set up by fishermen. Lalbaugcha Raja hosts the longest immersion or Visarjan
procession in India. It starts all the way at 10 am in the morning and ends the next
We hope these interesting and lesser-known facts about Ganesh Chaturthi lift up your
festive mood even more!
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