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Why do we celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi? – The Symbolism

Ganesh Chaturthi, or Vinayagar Chaturthi, popularly known as 10-day Ganapati Festival is the birthday of Lord Ganesha. Ganesh Utsav falls on the fourth day of waxing phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada (August-September). This is the popular reason why we celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi and there is also a deeper meaning.

The Supreme Being that the Hindus worship is formless. ‘That’ is present in all living and non-living. The entire energy source arises in ‘That.’ Unfortunately, it is impossible to imagine That or even give a proper definition to it. The Supreme Truth, or Brahman, can only be realized.

Self realization is not that easy and for it one needs tons of patience, devotion, courage and determination. But sadly this is not possible for majority of the human minds that are controlled by the senses. Therefore the Supreme Truth takes a form and arrives among us. And this form is of Bhagavan Ganesha – when you meditate on Him you can listen and see the primordial sound ‘OM.’ The very first spark or energy that is responsible for all that is Here.

His arrival amidst us is observed as Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi. He arrives to teach us equality and peaceful coexistence and above all coexistence of human beings with Mother Nature.

After satisfying us by staying amidst us, Ganesha returns to his formless nature.

Ganesha resides in all animate and inanimate. When we realize this all problems are solved. When we realize that everything is Ganesh all jealously vanishes, ego drops, all anger subsides and you only seeing Ganesha everywhere.