By Srivatsan (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

By Srivatsan (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations are taking place in Mumbai.

A new song by the name “Aala Re Aala Ganesha” was released on Independence Day showing Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations taking place in Mumbai. The two and half minute song written by Prashant Ingole and Salid-Wajid from the movie Daddy directed by Ashim Ahluwalia. The film will be released September 8, depicts a gangster character who turns to politics.

Ganesh Chaturthi, a festival which also goes by the name Vinayaka Chaturthi, is a 10-day long festival in which one of the Indian God Ganesha is worshipped. The festival starts on the fourth day of the Hindu calendar’s month of Bhadrapada which falls on August 25 in the Gregorian calendar this year. Cities in India mark the celebration by making idols of Ganesha while others erect structures in the streets to commemorate the festive season of Ganesha.

People celebrate the day with enthusiasm and joy because it marks the birthday of Ganesha. Ganesha is recognized by his elephant head that was attached to him after he was killed by Lord Shiva. It happened after Goddess Parvati had created Ganesha and assigned him with the task of guarding the entrance to bathroom as she bathed. He refused to let Lord Shiva in as she bathed. In anger, Lord Shiva decapitated Ganesha.

While different groups of people celebrate the day differently, most households in India make a statute for Ganesha for reverence and honor. Devotees grace the occasion with songs and prayers offered to Ganesha. In other places such as Karnataka, people wish each other well during the Gowri festival which precedes Ganesh Chaturthi. In Andhra Pradesh Ganesha idols are immersed in water bodies marking the end of the Genesh Chaturthi celebration.

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