Ganesh Jayanti, the birthday of Lord Ganesha, is known by different names across the country like Magha Shukla Chaturthi, Tilkund Chaturthi and Varad Chaturthi. It is celebrated on the fourth day of the bright fortnight in the month of Megha as per the Hindu calendar, and this year it falls on 31st
of January. This festival is celebrated just like Ganesh Chaturthi that falls in the month of August/September every year. For celebrating a simple and convenient Ganesh Jayanti, you can get in touch with MakeMyPuja to help you arrange for the most professional, experienced and devoted Pandits who can help you have the most promising and fortunate Ganpati Puja.
On this festival, an idol of Lord Ganesha is brought home to be worshipped, which is then immersed in water on the fourth day after the festival. Prasad made of sesame seeds is made and is offered to Lord Ganesha, which is then distributed among the devotees. Many people observe fast on this day, believing that it will bring upon name and fame in their lives. Devotees also smear a paste of sesame on their body and then take bath with water mixed with sesame seeds. Couples generally worship Lord Ganesha on this auspicious day to beget a son.
How to celebrate an eco-friendly Ganesh Jayanti?
If you want to celebrate this festival too, you are advised to do so in an eco-friendly way so as not to harm the environment and Mother Nature. For this, there are many tips that can be followed.
You can use eco-friendly idols made of natural materials like paper, sand and unbaked clay, that can dissolve away when immersed in water. Moreover, you must opt for small idols that require lesser effort and time to dissolve in water.
You must opt for idols that are coloured with vegetable dyes, organic materials, or kumkum
. Avoid those painted with synthetic paints as these colours are pigmented with lead or mercury that are hazardous to both human and aquatic life.
You can decorate your mandap
with ‘green’ options like paper, flowers, leaves and vines. Use products that can be recycled or left safe into the water without harming the aquatic life.
Why is the idol of Lord Ganesh immersed in water?
The process of immersing the idol of the deity in water is known as ‘Visarjan’ which is a Sanskrit word for the act of respectfully requesting departure. The whole essence of Ganpati Visarjan is based on the philosophy that when the idol is immersed in water, all the components that are used to make the idol dissolve away in the water. The clay goes back to where it came from, and the flowers, leaves and turmeric serve as food for the aquatic life. However, with the increasing use of hazardous chemical substances for idols and decorations, this whole essence is lost, and the aquatic life is left to suffer. So, it is always advised to use eco-friendly idols, colours and decorations for celebrating this festival.