Hi , Today is one of my most favorite festivals , Ganesh Chaturthi ! It is like a birthday of lord Ganapati.
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated annually to mark the birth of Lord Ganesh the God of new beginnings and a fresh start. This year, the ten-day celebrations is on August 22. Lord Ganesh is considered to be a symbol of wisdom, writing, travel, commerce and good fortune. He is also addressed as Gajanan, Ganesh, Ganapati.
Legend tells the tale of Goddess Parvati who made baby Ganesha using sandalwood paste and asked him to guard the entrance while she took a bath. When Lord Shiva wanted to enter, Ganesha would not even allow him to pass through. Lord Shiva, enraged by this, severed the child’s head. When Goddess Parvati realized what had happened, she was overwhelmed and heartbroken. This is when Lord Shiva promised that he would bring baby Ganesha back to life. He went on to instruct his followers (ganas) to search for the head of the first living creature they could find to replace on Ganesha’s body. However, the ganas could only find a baby elephant’s head. That is how Lord Ganesha came back to life with the head of an elephant. Lord Shiva named him the leader of the ganas, or Ganapati.