Vinayaka Chavithi is a big Hindu festival dedicated to Lord Ganesha. In 2014, Vinayaka Chavithi date is August 29. It is celebrated for more than 9 days.
Vinayaka Chavithi is grandly observed by all the Hindus in India and rest of the world with great devotion and dedication. This particular festival begins in Bhadrapada shukla chaturthi and ends in Anant Chaturdashi. As per the Georgian calendar, this festival falls in the month of August or September.
The grand celebrations is marked with the setting up of Pandals, installation of Lord Ganesh idol, street processions with much religious fun fare and idol immersion in the nearest water bodies like sea, river, lake or pond.
It is to be highly noted that the birthday (rebirth) of Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati is celebrated as Ganesha Chaturthi by the Hindus.
According to the Hindu religious scholars and pundits, “It is believed that Lord Ganesh bestows his presence on earth for all his devotees during this festival. It is the day Shiva declared his son Ganesha as superior to all the gods, barring Vishnu, Lakshmi, Shiva and Parvati.”
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. The Lord is regarded as the god of wisdom, good fortune and prosperity.
In certain regions, this festival, also called as Ganeshotsav (“festival of Ganesha”). It is grandly observed in the Hindu religious calendar month of Bhaadrapada that starts on the shukla chaturthi (fourth day of the waxing moon period). It is to be highly remembered that the date actually falls between 19 August and 20 September.
This festival is celebrated for 10 days, the last day is known as Anant Chaturdashi that is the fourteenth day of the waxing moon period. The grand celebration of this festival happens in the Indian state of Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Chattisgarh and Odisha. It is the only festival that is grandly celebrated by the Hindus who live in different corners of this world.