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Lord Ganesha is one of the most adored and celebrated Gods for Hindus and to celebrate his birth, Ganesh Chaturthi, the 10-day festival is celebrated with great favour.

PUJO TIMINGS:
Madhyahna Ganesha Puja: 11:05 am to 01:36 pm
Duration – 02 Hours 31 Minutes
Ganesha Visarjan on Thursday, September 12, 2019
Time to avoid moon sighting – 08:55 am to 09:05 pm
Duration – 12 Hours 10 Mins
Chaturthi Tithi Begins – 04:57 AM on Sep 02, 2019
Chaturthi Tithi Ends – 01:54 AM on Sep 03, 2019

Lord Ganesha is set to for deliver for 2019 Ganesh Chaturthi – Pic: Akhilesh, Indore, India.

HISTORY: Although it is unknown when Ganesha Chaturthi was first observed, the festival has been publicly celebrated in Pune since the era of Shivaji, founder of the Maratha Empire. After the start of the British Raj, the Ganesha festival lost state patronage and became a private family celebration in Maharashtra until its revival by Indian freedom fighter and social reformer Lokmanya Tilak.

Lord Ganesha Getting its final touch – Kumartuli , Kolkata , India

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Rules for Fasting
Those who fast must commence the vrat at the dawn and fast till the evening. Complete fast can give great results. However, partial past is also permitted with the consumption of Prasad offered at the puja and milk. In the evening, Ganesh puja is performed once again and the fast is concluded.

The devotees can opt for nirajal vrat (waterless fast) or the phalahar vrat. Apart from fruits, sabudana khichdi, curd and rice, the devotees can eat sweets including ladoo, gajak and rewari. The followers strictly prohibit from consuming non-vegetarian food and alcohol.

Ganpati Visarjan
While Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in a grand manner, Ganesh Visarjan is equally important as well. The celebration denotes the significance of the cycle of birth, life, and death and also lays emphasis on the fact that everything in life is momentary.

Visarjan ends with a ritual called ‘Uttarpuja’. After this is done, Lord Ganesha’s statue is immersed in water and blessings are sought. Devotees chant slogans such as Ganapati Bappa Morya. While taking the idols to be immersed in the sea, people sing and dance on the way, celebrating the moment.

While some like to celebrate Visarjan on the same day as Sthaphna, Ganesha Visarjan is considered pious if it is performed on the said days :

One and half day- A huge number of devotees perform the ritual of Ganesha Visarjan during this time period.

Ganesha Visarjan can also be performed on the 7th, 5th or 3rd day of Ganesh Chaturthi.

Anant Chaturdashi is regarded as the most virtuous and auspicious day for performing the ritual of Ganesha Visarjan.

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