Vinayaka Chaturthi, or Ganesh Chaturti, is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the God of wisdom, prosperity and auspiciousness in Hinduism. Ganesh Chaturthi 2013 date is September 9. The festival ends on Ananta Chaturdasi on September 18, 2013. Lord Ganesha is today worshipped around the world and the elephant-faced Hindu god is one of the most popular deities in Hindu religion. The 12-day Ganesh Chaturthi ends with the immersion (Visarjan) of the idol on Ananta Chaturdasi day.
Ganesh Chaturthi is observed on the fourth day after Amavasi (no moon) in the month of Bhadrapada (August - September) as per traditional Hindu calendar.
In Andhra Pradesh and
Maharashtra, Ganesh Chaturthi community festival is celebrated for 10 days. In other parts of , it is celebrated for one day on the Ganesh Chaturthi day. India
Hindu homes observe Ganesh Chaturthi festival for one or three days. Special prayers are performed in all Hindu homes and hymns and songs are sung in praise of Lord Ganesha.
Maharashtra, Ganesh and Gauri Puja is observed during the same period.
In Karnataka, Gowri Habba or Swarna Gouri Vrata is observed a day before Ganesh Chaturthi.
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