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Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most amazing and awaited festivals in India. This spectacular festival is celebrated to honour the birth of the most beloved Hindu god, Lord Ganesh. He is famously worshipped to bring good fortune and remove obstacles. The celebration of Ganesh Chathurthi takes place in a very public manner.
As per the Hindu calendar, it falls on the fourth day of the waxing moon period, in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada. Ganesh Chaturthi 2020 date in India is on the 3rd Saturday of August i.e., 22nd August 2020. The Ganesh Chaturthi celebration lasts for over eleven days, with the biggest event happening on the last day known as Anant Chaturdasi day, which is on 1st September 2020.
Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the major traditional festivals of the Hindu community. As per the mythological stories, Lord Ganesha is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
There is a famously interesting tale related to his birth. It is believed that once while goddess Parvati was bathing, she with her spiritual powers created a human figure using some unguent and balm and injected life into it. She asked that newly born guard the door for her while she bathed. At that very moment, Shiva came to visit her better half after a long period of meditation on Mount Kailash. While doing so, Shiva was abruptly stopped by the man-god Parvati had posted at the door.
Since Shiva was unknown of this man-god, he got outraged by the check of this stranger kid and cut off his head. A few moments later he discovered that he had killed Parvati’s son. With the fear of enraging his wife, he immediately sent his attendants to bring him the head of the very first newborn living creature they could find. Surprisingly, the living creature happened to be an infant elephant. The head was chopped off as per the instruction and brought back to Lord Shiva. He placed the head on Parvati’s son’s body and brought him back to life.
This is how this elephant-headed god was welcomed into the first family of the Hindu heavens and named Ganapati or Ganesh, meaning the chief of all the ganas (all the attendants of Shiva). You can find lord Ganesh in almost all the Hindu temples. You will also see his idol on the gate of many temples and homes, carefully guarding the entrances, happily gracing Hindu marriages and other such events.
However, it is not clearly known when was the Ganesh Chaturthi first celebrated, but as per the historians, it was initiated in Maharashtra by the great Maratha ruler Chatrapati Shivaji in order to promote culture and nationalism. Since then it had ever continued. History tells that Lord Ganesh was the family deity of the Peshwas, therefore there are references to similar celebrations during Peshwa times.
The eminent Indian nationalist and freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak brought back the tradition Ganesh Chaturthi when Indians were struggling for freedom from British rules. He reshaped the annual Ganesh Chaturthi festival from a private family event into a grand public celebration. During that time cast system was prevailing in India which was limiting the Indians to unite and fight together for their Independence.
Tilak, being a great visionary, realised the popularity of Ganesh Chaturthi as a National Festival and the cultural importance of Lord Ganesha to bridge the gap between the Brahmins and Non-Brahmins. He believed that the country couldn’t fight the British rule until the differences within its own people are resolved. Therefore, Tilak chose wide appeal of Ganesha as the “the God of Everyman” as a rallying point for Indian protest against British rule and to unite all the social classes. Since then, this festival has been celebrated throughout Maharashtra and as also in other states with great enthusiasm and community participation. After India got independent in1947, Ganesh Chaturthi was proclaimed to be a national festival.
The spectacular festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated all over India. Due to the immense popularity of the festival, the preparations begin months in advance. Days before the main day of the occasion, homes are cleaned and Pandals (marquees) are erected at the street corners to place the idols of Lord Ganesh. Ganesh Chaturthi decorations are done with the lighting, mirrors and flowers.
As the festival begins, the lord is worshipped with great devotion and daily prayer performances. After one to ten days the worship of lord gets completed and the statues are carried on decorated floats for immersion in the sea. You can witness thousands of processions converging on the beaches, accompanied by dancing, exciting sound of drum beats, devotional songs and firecrackers, during the holy immersion of idols in the sea.
Similar to every Indian festival, Ganesh Chaturthi also means ethnic fashion and new clothes. During this festival, women love to dress up traditionally and try to follow a specific Ganesh Chaturthi dress code on each day. Keeping that in mind, we have curated an exclusive collection of traditional dress for Ganesh Chaturthi, ranging from ethnic dresses to kurtas, here are some outfit ideas from our Ganesh Chaturthi Collection:
Welcome the Lord Ganesha to your home with grand fanfare in this traditional yellow pure silk brocade kurta.
Worship the Vinayak with love and present him his favourite modak. Make the occasion special by dressing your best in this alluring floral anarkali cotton kurta.
Seek the lord’s blessings and make your day special in this trendy kurta palazzo outfit in peach colour.
Ganesh Chaturthi means lots of dancing and twirling in honour of the Ganpati Bappa. This festive chanderi skirt and multicolour pure silk brocade crop top will help you to do it in style.
This pure silk kurta will help you to rock the pandals in style. The bright colour will surely make you the centre of attraction.
Keep it comfy and straightforward with this beautiful pink kurta and jute skirt. You can accessorize it with flats and minimal jewellery for a gorgeous look.
Say thanks to Lord Ganesha for showering his blessing and look special in this gorgeous cotton shrug and dress combination.
Make heads turn in this eye-catching tussar silk kurta pant set in navy blue.
Bid the lord adieu and make the Visarjan look memorable in this orange A – line box pleat chanderi kurta with tussles and light orange chanderi palazzo. This outfit will keep your look as close to the roots as possible and is ideal wear during Ganpati Visarjan.
These beautiful ethnic wear for Ganesh Chaturthi will help you to add some more colour to the already effervescent chants of Ganpati Bappa Morya on this Ganeshotsav. Hope you liked our outfit ideas for Ganesh Chaturthi and will answer all your queries of what to wear on Ganesh Chaturthi? Be it a kurta, palazzo, skirt or dress, the Jaipur kurti’s Ganesh Chaturthi festive collection will help you to make your Ganeshotsav more brighter.
Happy Ganesh Chaturthi !!