Ganpati Bappa Moraya!!! These three words can feel anyone with the spirit of Ganeshotsav. So, the Ganesh Chaturthi is around the corner and it is one of the most celebrated and popular festivals in India. I am sure you are here because you teacher asked you to write an essay or to prepare a speech on Ganesh Chaturthi, Ganeshotsav Lord Ganesha. Don’t worry. You are at the right place. In this article, we have given you the essay on Ganesh Chaturthi or Ganeshotsav in simple English language. This article contains all the information about the Ganesh Chaturthi like its origin, mythology, how it is celebrated, problems etc. This essay is also helpful for the speech too. So let’s start by saying Ganpati Bappa Moraya!!!
“Morya!!!” is the word that comes automatically from your mouth, when you hear someone chanting “Ganpati Bappa!” That is the love we have for our favourite God Ganpati Bappa. Ganesh Chaturthi is the auspicious day when we welcome our Ganpati Bappa at our home. Ganesh Chaturthi is Hindu festival which is celebrated to worship Lord Ganesha with great enthusiasm. Lord Ganesh who is known as the Vighnaharta, the remover of obstacles and is worshipped at the beginning of every auspicious function, competition, and any work to make it successful. Ganesh Chaturthi is also called as Vinayak Chaturthi. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated all across the India with so much passion, energy and warmth especially in states like Maharashtra, Goa, and Gujarat. People instal the Ganesha Murthis at home, offices and even in schools and colleges too. Secret Tips to win the speech competitions like a Pro.
Those few days from Ganesh Chaturthi are filled with so much energy and spirit. We eagerly wait for the arrival of our favourite god, Ganesha. We decorate our home with flowers, garlands and so many beautiful things. We make a decoration where we put the majestic figurine of our loving Bappa which is called as Makhar(मखर) in Marathi. We worship the Ganesha for several days during the festival. Some people worship the Ganesha for 21 days, some 10, 7, 5, and even 1 and half day too. On the last day of the festival, the figurines are submerged in water in the nearby river or in the ocean. The immersion ceremony called Visarjan (विसर्जन ) is magnificent with people dancing on music and walking towards to river or ocean to immerse the figurines. The Mumbai city is famous for such Visarjan parades or procession. The Ganesh Chaturthi procession in Mumbai is mesmerising.
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated as the birth day of Lord Ganesha. Many of us must be wondering about how our favourite god got his elegant and beautiful elephant head. Then let me you the story of how Lord Ganesh got his elephant head. Goddess Parvati created Lond Ganesha From clay and gave life to it. One day Paravati asked Ganesha to guard the door and stop anyone from entering. Lord Shiva came there and tried to enter. Ganesha stopped Lord Shiva and this made Lord Shiva furious. Out of anger and ignorance that his wife Parvati has created and posted Ganesha to guard the door, lord Shiva beheaded Ganesha. The head of the Ganesha fell far away out of the sight. This made Parvati very angry and she started catastrophes like floods and earthquakes on earth and told Shiva to made Ganesha alive again. To stop Parvati causing mayhem on the earth for Shiva sent his servants to go and find and bring the head of the first living being they see. The servants saw the elephants first and they brought the head of the elephant to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva put that elephant head on the beheaded body of the Ganesha and made him alive. This is how Lord Ganesha got his elephant head. And that is why Ganesha is also called as “Gajanana” and “Gajawadana.” There are so many stories in the mythology about Lord Krishna like, why Ganesha’s Vahana (vehicle) is a mouse which is called Mushak (मूषक) in Hindi.
Indian freedom fighter Lokamanya Tilak started public Ganesh Utsav festivals (सार्वजनिक गणेशोत्सव) in 1893 to bring people from all religions, caste and creed come together to celebrate the festival and stop the discrimination based on caste, colour, religion etc. The public Ganesh Utsav also played a crucial role in bringing people together in the fight for the freedom from the British. Many public groups called Ganpati Mandals(गणपती मंडळ) are formed to celebrate the Ganesh Chaturthi in broader level and in more organised way. Today this dream of Lokmanya Tilak of bringing people together by celebrating Ganeshotsav is evolved a lot. Today the Ganpati Mandals create artificial sceneries as the decorations to spread awareness about the problems like corruption, farmer suicide, environmental problems like pollution, deforestation, to make people aware of the importance of hygiene and cleanliness.
Sadly the public Ganeshotsav has got some drawbacks too. Today the Ganeshotsav has become a competition for the Mandals to be the best Mandal. This competition has led the mandalas to make bigger and taller Ganesha figurines, spending a big amount of money on decorations etc. The loud music played by the mandalas causes noise pollution. In the early days, the figurines were made with the natural soil hence when they are immersed in rivers and ocean they won’t cause any pollution to nature. But the figurines nowadays are made of Plaster of Paris which is insoluble in water hence polluting the rivers and oceans.
Our festivals are the part of our rich culture and traditions. Festivals depict our values and our beliefs. Ganesh Chaturthi is the ultimate festival celebrated across the whole India to worship the God of new beginnings, Ganesha. It is our responsibility to protect and nurture our traditions but also not affecting the nature doing so.
I hope this article helps you to write your essay on Ganesha Chaturthi. As the festival is celebrated across the India, this essay should be written in other Indian languages like Marathi, Konkani, Hindi, Gujarathi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada etc too and we hope you guys can help us in translating.
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