Ganapati Festival is a 10-day Ganesha festival which begins on Ganesh Chaturthi (Vinayaka Chavithi) and ends with Ganesh Visarjan (Ananta Chaturdashi). In 2016, Ganapati Festival date is September 5.
10-day Ganapati Festival begins on September 5 and ends on September 15 with Ganpati Visarjan (immersion of Ganpati idol in water).
The 10-day Ganpati festival gets us many festivals along with it, starting from Hartalika Teej (Gauri Ganesha Festival / Swarna Gowri Habba / Gauri Tritiya) till Ananta Chaturdashi.
Lets discuss about the list of festivals that fall during 10-day Ganpati celebrations…
According to the Hindu religious calendar, Haritalika Teej is grandly celebrated during Shukla Paksha Tritiya of Bhadrapada month. This particular Haritalika Teej comes most of the time celebrated one day before Ganesh Chaturthi and one month after Hariyali Teej. It is celebrated as Swarna Gowri Habba in Karnataka; Gauri Tritiya (18 Kudumula Vratham) in Telanangana and Andhra Pradesh.
It is to be highly noted that the birthday (rebirth) of Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati is celebrated as Ganesha Chaturthi. As per the Hindu religious literatures and sculptures lord Ganesha is widely worshipped traditionally at the start of travel and invoked at the beginning of any new venture.
Rishi Panchami is also known as Bhadrapada shudhha Panchami. This religious important day is the fifth day that is next day after the Ganesh Chaturthi day. Rishi Panchami is dedicated to Saptarshis, Saints, Sages, etc..
Anant Chaturdashi falls in Bhadrapad Shukla Chaturdashi. It is observed religiously by the Hindus and Jains in India and Nepal. This particular festival marks the grand observances of Ganapati Visarjana and wearing of sacred silk thread that is regionally known as Ananta.
According to the Hindu tradition calendar from Bhadrapada Shudha Chaturthi to the Ananta Chaturdashi, Lord Ganesha is worshipped with dedication and devotion for 10 days. On the 11th day, the Ganpati idol is taken through the streets in a procession accompanied with dancing, singing, and fanfare to be immersed in a river or the sea symbolizing a ritual see-off of the Lord in his journey towards his abode in Kailash while taking away with him the misfortunes of his devotees. Read more about Ganpati Visarjan..