Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi. Ganesh Chaturthi is a Hindu festival is celebrated to commemorate the birthday anniversary of Lord Ganesh. Its falls on the fourth day of the month of Bhadra (August/September). While it is a national festival, it is extensity celebrated in Maharashtra, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu. Lord Ganesh, is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. He is said to have the face of an elephant and is the first God to be worshipped amongst the pantheon of Hindu Gods.

It is said that the festival was imitated by Shivaji to promote Hinduism in his reign as opposed to the Mughals. The modernist national movement thinker Bal Gangadhar Tilak who wanted to bring people together under the spirit of nationalism and fight for independence from the British who imposed a ban on public gatherings of kind, revived the festival in 1893.During the festival, most people bring an idol of Lord Ganesh and establish him temporarily in their house. He worshiped and ritual food offering are made daily basis. On the last day of the festival or the Chaturthi, thousand of peoples make a procession to carry the idols to be immersed in the nearest waterbodies. The immersion of the idol is called ‘Visrajan’.

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