Ganpati Bappa Morya – This is a chant that reverberates across the country during the months of August – September when Lord Ganesha the remover of obstacles and the Lord of Wisdom is worshipped with pomp and glory in India.
According to Hindu mythology , Lord Ganesha symbolises good luck and is worshipped first before starting any good work. During Ganesh Chaturthi, people bring idols to their homes and pray for 10 days for prosperity, intelligence, good luck and health.
Legend has it that once Goddess Parvati was taking bath. She made a boy from clay and brought life to it. She told the boy to keep a watch on the doorway and not allow anyone into the house. Lord Shiva came along after some time and the boy stopped the Lord himself. The Lord got angry and cut off Ganesha’s head in anger. Goddess Parvati was inconsolable when she came to know of this and she took the form of the angry goddess and asked Shiva to bring Lord Ganesha back else He would see her dead. Lord Shiva sent his attendants and told them to bring the head of the first living thing. The attendants went and brought an elephants head as it was an elephant they saw first. Thus Lord Ganesha took birth.
This day is celebrated as Ganesh Chaturthi. People make modaks and laddoos on this day and bring the idols home and worship for ten days.
Rangolis or designs are put outside the houses and garlands made of marigold flowers and mango leaves are hung on the doorways.
Some people worship for a day and a half, while others keep it for five days . The tenth day is called Anant Chaturdashi and the Lord is sent with lot of pomp and