LAST UPDATED: Sept. 12, 2018, 4:15 p.m.
New Delhi, Sept 12: Ganesh Chaturthi is primarily celebrated to mark the birth of Ganesha – or Ganpati. Ganesha is one of the most worshipped deities in Hinduism. The festival is celebrated all over the country, but celebrations in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala are particularly lavish.
1) Why we keep Ganesh veiled? The age-old tradition believes that Lord Ganesh needs to see your home and your face first. His dharshan or blessings should not be available to anyone else before entering your home. That is why it is believed to cover Ganesha’s face with a veil before bringing him to your house.
2) Significance of Dhruva: Dhruva is basically the grass that was used to appease Ganesha’s stomach when he battled and swallowed the demon Analasura. Hence, dhruva is considered very significant for Lord Ganesh and is a necessity in every puja. Without Dhruva the pooja will remain incomplete.
3) picking flowers: The flowers used for decorating the Ganesha idol need to be fresh and should not be picked up from the floor. It is also considered a must to keep the flowers gently at Ganesha’s feet instead of throwing them above his head.
4) Do not look at the moon: Looking at the moon on Ganesh Chaturthi is considered bad luck. Apparently, the moon laughed at Ganesha when he fell down and broke his tooth. In a fit of anger, Ganesha cursed the moon.
5) Various names of Ganesha: Contrast to the popular notion that Ganesha has 108 names, the elephant god goes by 1001 names, including Vinayaka, Ganesh, Asta Vinayaka etc.
6) Significance of Morya? Morya was a saint who was a devout worshiper of Lord Ganesha. When the latter asked him for a wish, the saint asked for his name to be attached with Ganesha’s name forever.