Ganesh Utsav, popularly known as Ganeshotsav is the birthday of Ganesha, the elephant-headed Hindu God. Ganesh Utsav 2014 date is on August 29. The festival ends on September 8, 2014 with Ganesh Visarjan. Every year as per traditional Hindu calendar on the fourth day of the waxing phase of moon, or Shukla Paksha Chaturthi, in Bhadrapad month, Ganesha comes to the home of his devotees. He brings auspiciousness, hope, success and happiness to all homes. During his brief stay He removes all obstacles. While returning He takes with him all problems and unhappiness.
With this annual arrival, Ganesha breaks the man-made distance between man and god. Children can play with him, teenagers can discuss their problems, and elders can find answers to philosophical questions. To the one who has shed his ego, Ganesha shows the way to Moksha.
Millions of murtis of Ganesha that is consecrated at homes and across public pandals during Ganeshotsav represent hope in adversity. Ganesha provides the strength to overcome obstacles. And due to this aspect he is called ‘Vigneshwara.’ He is worshiped first in all prayers.
When a devotee stands before Ganesha, the devotee’s ego disappears. In that pure state, one will realize that the elephant head of Ganesha symbolically represents ‘
OM’ – the first mantra and the primordial sound – when one realizes that there is only Vinayaka.