Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesha Sloka with meaning

Vakratunda mahakaaya suryakoti samaprabha

Nirvignam kurume deva sarva kaaryeshu sarvada

O the Lord with a curved trunk and with a magnificent body, whose radiance is that of millions of suns

I bow to you Lord, such that all my works get done without any obstacles, all the time.

Significance of Ganesha Chaturthi

Ganesha Chaturthi is one of the most important Indian festivals. The birthday of Vinayaka, the son of Parvati and Lord Parameshwar, is celebrated as Ganesha Chaturthi.

Ganesh Chaturthi is a 10 – days  festival that celebrates the birth of Ganesha, the elephant- headed God of wisdom, prosperity and good luck. It is one of the most popular festivals in India, and is also celebrated in other parts of the world.

The festival brings on the 4th day of the waxing moon in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada, which usually falls in August or September. On this day, people bring home clay idols of Ganesha and install them in a special pandal. The idols are then worshipped for 10 days, with prayers, offerings and songs.

On the 10 day the idols are immersed in a river or the sea. This symbolizes Ganesha’s return to Mount Kailash, his home in the Himalayas.

Ganesha Chaturthi is a time for celebration and feasting. People make special dishes, such as modak (a sweet dumpling that is said to be Ganesha’s favourite), and they visit pandals to see the beautifully decorated idols. The festival is also a time for family and friends to come together and celebrate.

Ganesh Chaturthi is a time for seeking Ganesha’s blessing for wisdom, prosperity and good luck. It is a joyous occasion that is celebrated with great enthusiasm by all over the world.

The Ganesha story brings an original message: that we must all do our own deeds out of inclination in our own world, and for our own reasons. Reason: it’s only when devotion is observed without any ulterior motive can we purify our mind and receive Lord Ganesha’s  blessings.

HGS family members got together to create eco-friendly clay Ganesha idols for the Ganesha festival. Teachers, non-teaching staff, children and all came together under one roof regardless of caste and creed.

Eco-friendly Ganesha idol-making is such a refreshing endeavour, there is a thrill at every bend as we attempt to create our best creation.

The sole purpose of the celebration was to let the students stay rooted with Indian culture and to enable them to understand the significance of this festival.