What is the significance of Ganesh Chaturthi? Know why glancing at Moon brings Curse

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What is the significance of Ganesh Chaturthi? Know why glancing at Moon brings Curse


What is the significance of Ganesh Chaturthi? Know why glancing at Moon brings Curse

Like every year, this year too Ganesh Chaturthi will be celebrated on the Chaturthi Tithi of Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapada month i.e. on 31st August 2022 Wednesday. Ganesh Chaturthi is a holy festival celebrated by the people as the birthday of Lord Ganesha (Lord of the Gods, i.e. Supreme Lord of wisdom and prosperity). 

The specialty of Ganesh Utsav is that it is not only celebrated across India. In fact, its popularity and holiness travel all the way across the boundaries of India and are celebrated in countries like Thailand, Cambodia, Japan, and even Afghanistan for 10 days. But the depiction differs from one region to another from the Indian avatar.

Well, the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is lavishly celebrated in the Indian state of Maharashtra where Bappa's 'Visarjan' takes place on the day of Anant Chaturdashi. 


Why do we celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi?

There are many mythological stories behind why Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated. Through this article, you're gonna know the epic one in detail— 

It is believed that during the mythological period, Maharishi Ved Vyas invoked Ganesha to compose the epic Mahabharata and requested him for the same. Ganesh Ji said— “ the moment I start composing I would not stop the pen, and if the pen stops itself, I would give up writing.” To this Vyas Ji replied— “ Lord, you are a leader among scholars and I am an ordinary sage, there could be an error in any verse, therefore Vyas Ji requested Ganesha Ji to write only after redressing the verse.” From this day itself, Vyas Ji started reciting slokas and Ganesha started writing the Epic Mahabharata

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After 10 days, the writing work was finished on Anant Chaturdashi. During those 10 days, Ganeshji kept writing the Mahabharata by sitting on just a place and his body became inert and a layer of dust and soil accumulated on the body, Ganesha Ji took bath after 10 days in the Saraswati river to clean up his dust and dirt from the body.  

From the very day Ganesha started writing, it was Tritiya Tithi of Shukla Paksha of Bhadramas. This is the reason behind Ganeshji's idol being established every year on this date and after worshiping him with devotion his same idol is set for immersion on Anant Chaturdashi.


Further, the description of Lord Ganesha is found in Skanda Purana, Narada Purana, and Brahma Vaivarta Purana. Lord Ganesha is known for imparting wisdom. This festival is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi and Vinayaka Chaviti.

Auspicious puja muhurat and timings

It is believed that bringing Ganpati Bappa's idol to the house helps to set free all the obstacles of devotees. The establishment of Vighnaharta Ganesh is done according to the auspicious time. Let us know what is the auspicious time of Ganesh Chaturthi this year and how to worship Bappa on this day.  

Ganesha Chaturthi on Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Madhyahna Ganesha Puja Muhurat - 11:05 AM to 01:38 PM

Duration - 02 Hours 33 Mins

Chaturthi Tithi Begins - 03:33 PM on Aug 30, 2022

Chaturthi Tithi Ends - 03:22 PM on Aug 31, 2022

Followed by Ganesha Visarjan on Friday, September 9, 2022


Here is the Ganesh Chaturthi Vrat Puja Vidhi— 

  • On this day, wake up early in the morning and take a bath.

  • After this, take the idol of Ganesh Ji made of copper or clay.

  • Then fill water in an urn and tie its face with a new cloth and place the idol on it. 

  • Offer vermilion, durva, ghee, and 21 modaks to Lord Ganesha and worship him as per tradition. 

  • Soon after offering worship, consider disturbing prasad among all.

  • In this 10-day long festival, the idol of Ganesha can be kept at home for one, three, seven, and nine days only depending upon the rituals you follow.  

  • Keep in mind that Tulsi leaves are not used in the worship ritual of Ganesha.

  • One of the important rituals to be performed is the circumambulation of Ganesha.

Why is it unlucky to View the Moon on Chaturthi? 

According to tradition, it is believed that one should avoid viewing the Moon on Ganesh Chaturthi. If a person glances at the moon they'll be cursed with accusations of theft and dishonored by society. Moreover, it is considered a bad omen and led by the risk of Stigma. According to a legend, Lord Krishna had fallen prey to the Mithya Dosha.

If the moon is sighted by mistake, then consider chanting some mantras in order to avoid any possible negative effects. The previous day of Ganesha Chaturthi is the time to avoid Moon sightings - 03:33 PM to 08:40 PM, Aug 30

Duration - 05 Hours 07 Mins

Ganesh Chaturthi’s hidden facts 

  • It was celebrated as a public ceremony during the time of Shivaji (founder of the Maratha Empire).

  • During the time of Shivaji, this Ganeshotsav began to be celebrated regularly as the totem of his empire. After the end of the Peshwas, it remained a family festival; it was revived in 1893 by Lokmanya Tilak (an Indian freedom fighter and social reformer).

  • Ganesh Chaturthi was started by Hindus as an annual domestic festival with great preparation. Generally, it was started as a national festival in order to settle down conflicts between Brahmins and non-Brahmins as well as to bring unity among them. 

  • People in Maharashtra started celebrating during the British rule in order to set themselves free from their cruel treatments. 

  • Systematically, people started lauding this festival through community participation rather than family celebrations. As a result Society and the community celebrate this festival all together with great pomp and organize functions and perform activities such as dance, drama, devotional songs and plays, speeches, poetry, various shows, folk dances, and much more.

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