Ganeshotsav: Celebrating the Arrival of Lord Ganesha
On September 19th, we will welcomed Lord Ganesha (elephant headed God), lovingly referred to as Shri Ganesha or Ganpati Bapa, into our home. We will joyfully celebrate Ganesh Utsav alongside all the students.
Ganeshotsav, also known as Ganesh Chaturthi, is a Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Lord Ganesha, revered as the remover of obstacles and the god of wisdom. Public Ganeshotsav, initiated by Lokmanya Tilak, transformed the private family celebration into a public event aimed at uniting people. During this festival, idols of Lord Ganesha are installed in homes or community pandals, and devotees offer prayers, perform aarti, sing hymns, and engage in cultural activities. Children actively participate by reciting prayers and showcasing their talents through dances and other performances. The festival lasts several days, culminating in the immersion of the Ganesha idol in water, known as "Visarjan," symbolizing his departure.