Vinayaka Chaturthi is a ten-day festival celebrated all over India and this festival is marked with the installation of Ganesha Clay Idols either in the home or in the public place. This festival is celebrated to remember Lord Ganesha’s birth day and is remembered as God of beginning, prosperity and obstacle remover. This year the festival will start on August 25 and conclude on September 5.
At the end, immersion of the Ganesha in water, symbolizes His return, after removing the obstacles and unhappiness on the earth. The immersion of idols, if it is small and made of natural soil, does not affect the water.
Of late many devotees started using giant size idols which are made of the material of plaster of Paris and also use of environment non-degradable materials for decorating the idol, which may harm the water body in which Idol is immersed.
To avoid this problem, the Government and private organizations have been educating the people on this issue and pursuing them to use clay idols.
During the current year also at Vijayawada, the voluntary organizations distributed 2000 idols made of clay, free of cost to devotees, to create awareness on the environmental issues and this program got very good response from the people.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2017 date in USA:
Chaturthi tithi begins: August 24, 2017 at 8:27 pm
Chaturthi tithi ends: August 25, 2017 at 8:31 pm
Madhyahna Ganesha puja tithi: 11:25 am to 1:55 pm
Duration2 hours 29 mins
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