Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Ganesh Chauth or Vinayaka Chaturthi, is celebrated every year on the chaturthi (fourth day) of the Krishna Paksha. It marks the birth anniversary of Lord Ganpati, son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The ten days long festival will begin on September 13 and end on September 23. It is widely celebrated in Maharashtra, Goa, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
On Ganesh Chaturthi, people bring idols of the lord and pray along with chanting Vedic hymns. He is also called the God of New Beginnings and the one who removes obstacles. Thus, Vinayaka, Ganpati, Vighnaharta and Sankatmochan are also his names.
On the tenth day of the festival, the Ganesh idol is immersed in water and signifying his return to Mount Kailasha to his parents.
According to legend, Goddess Parvati made the Lord with the dirt of her body and ordered him to guard the door. When Lord Shiva asked to let him go inside, Ganesh refused to do so. Thus, he beheaded him. When Parvati got furious, Shiva promised to bring Ganesh back to life and then fixed Elephant’s head on his body.
According to drikpanchang.com, the puja will begin from would begin from 11:09 am to 1:35 pm.
Ganesh Chaturthi Fast
Many devotees observe fast on this day. Some people also abstained themselves from drinking water. This is called Nirjal Vrat. It is said that praying to god with pure heart brings prosperity and happiness.