Ganesh Utsav celebrates the birthday of Hindu God Ganesha, the God of wisdom, and auspiciousness in Hinduism. Ganesh Utsav 2011 date is September 1. The 12-day festival ends with the immersion (Visarjan) of the idol of Ganesh on Ananta Chaturdasi day (September 11, 2011). Ganesh is one of the most popular Hindu Gods and is worshipped around the world and is slowly becoming the face of Hindu religion.
The popular belief is that Ganesh arrives to stay with his devotees during Ganesh Utsav and returns taking with him all troubles and unhappiness. Thus He comes annually to remove all difficulties of his devotees.
Ganesh Utsav begins on the fourth day during the Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapada month – popularly known as Ganesh Chaturthi. In Andhra Pradesh and
Maharashtra, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated for 12 days. In other parts of , it is celebrated for one or three days. India
Ganesha is worshipped for removing all troubles from life. He is therefore known as Vighneshwara and Vignaraja. He is prayed to at the beginning of all new events.
Millions of Ganesh Murtis are installed at homes and in public places in
and in Hindu Temples around the world. These murtis are immersed in a water body after prayers as part of Ganesh Visarjan ceremony. India
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