Vinayaka Chaturthi 2011
Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the grandly celebrated festivals in Tamilnadu. It is celebrated in the name of Vinayaka Chaturti. This festival is celebrated to thank lord Vigneshwara for giving wisdom, prosperity and auspiciousness in life. The Hindu mythology tells that Ganesh Chaturthi is the birth day of Lord Ganesh. This year Ganapathi festival is celebrated on September 1st 2011. Every year Vinayaka Chaturthi comes on the fourth day after new moon in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada.
Vinayaka Chaturthi in Hindu Mythology
It believed that the god Ganesha is the beginner of all thing and he removes all the obstacle of our life. Hindu religion says that Ganesh is the son of Goddess Parvati and she created her first son Vinayaka out of clay and gave life. A story in Hindu mythology says that Goddess Parvati went to have her bath by asking her son Lord Ganesh to guard her at the door steps. At that time Lord Shiva returned, the child Ganesh who had never seen him before didn't allow Lord Shiva to enter inside.
At this moment Lord Shiva got angry and severed the head of the child. Goddess Parvati returned back after finishing her bath and saw that her son was killed by her husband. Devi begged Shiva to give him back alive. Lord Shiva accepted her obligation ans searched for the head of any child, but he didn't find human kid head. Finally he got a head of a baby elephant and fixed it on the body of Vinayaka and gave re-birth to him. This is birth of lord Ganesha story
Vinayaka Chaturthi 2011 Celebration
In Tamil Nadu Vinayaka Chaturthi is celebrated as 1 day festival. Each day special prayers are performed by preparing Prasadam (food which is favorite to Ganesh)in all Hindu homes. It is also celebrated in the streets of Tamilnadu. Thousands of Vignesh idols are installed in various public places of Tamilnadu. At the end of the festival the idols are immersed in the large water bodies which are popularly called Ganesh Visarjan ceremony.
The celebration of Ganesh Festival is related to an environmental issue. The idols are prepared by using different types of harmful chemicals. The immersion of these idols causes water pollution. The Ganesh statue made up of Plaster of Paris is highly dangerous to the health of the environment. Even though celebration of Tamil festivals is in our culture and tradition, we should try to avoid pollution. The best alternative for this environmental pollution is buying natural Ganesh idol for the celebration of Ganesh Puja.