Kolkata: One of the most important and grandest Hindu festivals, Ganesh Chaturthi, is here again, beginning on Tuesday, September 19, and marking the birth of Lord Ganesha, the god of wisdom and prosperity. According to Hindu Drik Panchang, it is celebrated in the Shukla Paksha of the Bhadrapada month, which falls in August or September. This year, the festival spans four days, starting tomorrow at around 11:02 am. Devotees bring idols of Bappa to their homes and offer prayers. The festival will conclude on September 28 with the Ganesh Visarjan. The major attraction of this grand festival every year is the creation of attractive pandals with different themes. Like every year, this year also features numerous attractive pandals installed with intriguing themes to celebrate Bappa’s birthday. One such pandal in Kolkata is garnering everyone’s attention, themed after ISRO’s moon mission, ‘Chandrayaan-3.’
Inside the pandal, visitors will see a replica of the rocket used by ISRO for the Chandrayaan-3 mission positioned atop the entry gate. Upon entering the gate, they will proceed to the main area where Lord Ganesha is enshrined.
As per Drik Panchang, the Madhyahna Ganesha puja muhurat will be for 2 hours and 27 mins between 11:02 am and 01:29 pm on September 19. It is suggested to avoid moon sighting on Ganesh Chaturthi.
The Chaturthi tithi begins at 12:39 pm on September 18 and ends at 1:43 pm on September 19. The Ganesha visarjan will take place on September 28.
Chandrayaan-3 Moon Mission
On August 23, the country made history as ISRO’s ambitious third Moon mission successfully touched down on the Moon’s south pole. This achievement propelled the country into an exclusive club of four and marked it as the first nation to land on this uncharted surface.
Ganesh Chaturthi, on the other hand, commemorates the birth of Lord Ganesha, one of the most popular Hindu festivals celebrated over ten days. During this time, it is believed that Lord Ganesha descends to Earth along with his mother, Goddess Parvati. This year, the Ganesh Chaturthi festival will commence on September 19 and continue for ten days, concluding on September 29.