The grand festive season in India has already begun. After celebrating Rakshabandan and Janmashtami with much fanfare, we are now looking forward to partaking in the Ganesh Chaturthi festivities. The festival marks the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesh, son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. As per legends, Lord Ganesh was born during Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapada month. The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi usually falls in the month of August or September, and this time it will be observed on August 31, 2022. Ganesh Chaturhti (or Ganeshotsav) is a 10-day-long festival that culminates on Anant Chaturdashi. The last day is popularly celebrated as Ganesh Visarjan day.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2022: Important Dates And Puja Timings:
Ganesh Chaturthi date: Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Madhyahna Ganesh Puja Muhurat – 11:05 AM to 01:38 PM
(Duration – 02 Hours 33 Mins)
Ganesh Visarjan date: Friday, September 9, 2022
Time To Avoid Moon Sighting (Aug 30) – 03:33 PM to 08:40 PM, Aug 30
(Duration – 05 Hours 07 Mins)
Time To Avoid Moon Sighting (Aug 31): 09:26 AM to 09:11 PM
(Duration – 11 Hours 44 Mins)
Chaturthi Tithi Begins – 03:33 PM on Aug 30, 2022
Chaturthi Tithi Ends – 03:22 PM on Aug 31, 2022
Ganesh Chaturthi 2022: History, Significance And Rituals
Devotees worship Lord Ganesh for prosperity and good future on this day. As per legends, Ganesh Chaturthi marks the rebirth of the God Ganesh. That’s why Ganesh Chaturthi also signifies ‘new beginnings’.
It is believed that Lord Ganesh was born during Madhyahna – in the middle of the day. So mid-day is considered the most auspicious time for Ganesh Puja, also called Shodashopachara Ganapati Puja. Idols of Lord Ganesh are brought home for Ganesh Sthapana and offered prayers and bhog every day for 10 days. On Anant Chaturdashi, devotees immerse the idols of Lord Ganesh in water bodies.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2022: Bhog Recipes To Prepare
While modak is the most popular mithai to make for Ganesh Chaturthi bhog, there are many more foods that you can prepare for prasad and for the feast for your family and friends. Here they are:
From plain steamed modak to chocolate modak and even crispy fried modak, you can try this sweet dumpling in various forms. Here are some modak recipes you can try.
This dessert is another popular offering that is made to Lord Ganesh during the festival. A simple combination of semolina and sugar with the addition of nuts and fruits – this bhog recipe is perfect for your entire family to enjoy.
3. Motichoor Laddoo
It is believed that Lord Ganesh really liked motichoor laddoo and this belief gives us enough reason to make some at home for the festivities. Here is an easy recipe for the motichoor laddoo.
While Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated all over the country, people in Maharashtra go all out to mark this occasion with street possessions and elaborate pujas. So this Maharashtrian dish of satori made with mawa, ghee, besan and milk is a must-try.
5. Medu Vada
Many people in south Indian choose to offer Lord Ganesh their signature dish of medu vada. These spongy fried fritters are apparently liked by everyone, including Lord Ganesh himself.
Make Ganesh Chaturthi 2022 special with these tried and tested delicacies.
Happy Ganesh Chaturthi 2022!