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At Kho-Cha Darjeeling, we have been celebrating the very auspicious festival of Ganesh Chaturthi with lots of reverence and piety and a special puja being performed at the Kho-Cha shop premises at Ladenla Road.
We have been celebrating this auspicious festival since the last 2 years, which was attended by a large number of families, customers as also well wishers from all over Darjeeling and tourists from all over India and abroad.
Please join us on the 23rd of August this year as we celebrate this auspicious occasion at our Kho-Cha store located at Ladenla Road, Darjeeling.
Pictures of past Ganesh Chaturthi Puja at Kho-Cha
Ganesh Chaturthi (Lord Ganesh’s Birthday) is celebrated on the fourth day of the bright half of Bhadrapad (August / September). Chaturthi signifies that on this day Ganesh’s energy had reached the earth for the first time as he was born. It denotes Turyavastha – a state beyond Jagruti (The State of Waking), Svapna (Dream) and Sushupti (Deep Sleep).
Though this is popularly believed to be Lord Ganesh’s birthday, it is also stated in mythology that this is the celebration of one of Lord Ganesh’s many incarnations-Mayureshwar. The rituals and worship during Ganesh Chaturthi helps mankind to get closer to Him.
Ganesha is the god of wisdom and prosperity and is invoked before the beginning of any auspicious work by the Hindus. It is believed that for the fulfillment of one's desires, his blessing is absolutely necessary. According to the mythology, he is the son of Shiva and Parvati, brother of Kartikeya - the general of the gods, Lakshmi - the goddess of wealth and Saraswati-the goddess of learning. There are numerous stories in Hindu mythology, associated with the birth of this elephant-headed god, whose vehicle is the Mooshak or rat and who loves Modaks (droplet shaped Indian sweet).
Legend has it that Parvati created Ganesha out of the sandalwood dough that she used for her bath and breathed life into him. Letting him stand guard at the door she went to have her bath. When her husband, Shiva returned, the child who had never seen him stopped him. Shiva severed the head of the child and entered his house. Parvati, learning that her son was dead, was distraught and asked Shiva to revive him. Shiva cut off the head of an elephant and fixed it on the body of Ganesha.
Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations:
This festival gained importance during the rule of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the great ruler of the Maratha Empire (1627-1680). After him, the Peshwas took over the reigns under the guidance of Bajirao Peshwa (1721- 1740) and Lord Ganesh was their Ishta Devta (Family Deity). It is said that in 1815 when Bajirao II was in power that was the last time this festival was celebrated with great pomp. After the decline of the Peshwa rule (1818-1892) this celebration was restricted only to the families living in the state of Maharasthra.
The Sarvajanik Puja (Worship made available to people from every walk of life) of Lord Ganesh was started in 1893 by Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak in Pune. He was keen to form a self government and put an end to the British rule. “Swaraj (Home Rule) Is My Birthright” was his slogan and a way of keeping up the spirit of freedom. His newspaper Kesari helped to kindle the flame of independence among the common man. Tilak used Ganesh Chaturthi to unite people from different caste and community, and encouraged them to join in to liberate the nation. The history of freedom struggle cannot be complete until one recalls Tilak’s immense contributions – as the father of the National Movement and an uplifter of the downtrodden.
(Oh elephant faced Gajaanana (Ganesha), the chieftain of the ganas; You are the son of Mahadeva (Shiva), the bestower of auspiciousness; You are the One who blesses the study of Vedas, the destroyer of obstacles; Oh Lord, the merciful One, the One who dispels misery; You are Lord Sai Gajaaanana (Sai in the form of Gajaanana)
(O Ganesha with an elephant face, son of Parvathi, please bestow Your Grace on us. You are the one to liberate us from the endless cycle of births and deaths. You have been guiding us by using Your lasso and prod. I shall always pray to You. I shall ceaselessly chant Your name in my mind. You have always protected the meek and the humble. Please guide and protect me.)
(O Ganesha, son of Shiva! You have always granted Your devotees freedom from the eternal cycle of births and deaths. You have constantly removed obstacles from their path. O Lord of demigods, the whole universe adores You. Bestow Your Grace on us O auspicious One!)