Ganesh Chaturthi or Ganesh Utsav or the birthday of Ganesha (the elephant-headed God of Wisdom and Prosperity) falls on the fourth day of the Hindu month of Bhadrapada (around August-September). It is celebrated all across India and is the biggest festival in Maharashtra. So if you are anywhere close to Mumbai, dont think twice about moving heaven and earth to be there for Ganeshas day. Itll be a day you shall look back upon with some wonder.
Ganesha is Indias cutest god. He has the head of an elephant on
which is perched a dainty tiara, four podgy hands joined to a sizeable
belly with each hand holding its own symbolic object. One has a trishul,
or a trident, the second, an ankush, or goad made from his very own
broken tooth, the third hand elegantly holds a lotus and the fourth a
rosary (which is sometimes replaced by modaks his favourite
sweet). Ganesha is famous not only for being a trickster and for his
sense of humour, but equally for his wisdom. He is the son of Shiva
(Destroyer in the Hindu Holy Trinity of Creator-Preserver-Destroyer) and
Parvati (Shivas consort).
Ganesha is the foremost god of the Hindu pantheon. This brave guardian
of the door to Parvatis bath is beheld today as the most
auspicious God of new beginnings. He is worshipped during every festival
and before people undertake a journey or embark upon a new venture. You
will also see him carefully guarding entrances to temples and homes,
peeping out of calendars and happily gracing marriages and other such
Ganesh Chaturthi 2008
Ganesh Chaturthi will fall on 3rd September in year 2008.