History of Ganesh Chaturthi

Hindus celebrate the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayak Chaturthi, as a day on which lord Ganesha, the younger son of Siva and Parvati was born. The birthday of lord Ganesha is celebrated on the fourth day of the lunar month of August/September. Lord Ganesha is symbolized as the god of wisdom and the god who removes all the obstacles in path of its followers and thus he is also called “Vignaharta”. The story behind the birth of the lord Ganesh is that Ganesh was the created by goddess Parvati from dough which she used for her bath. The Goddess made a doll out of this dough and breathed life into this doll for security while she was bathing.

There are various Hindu festivals celebrated here but the main Marathi celebration of the year is Ganesh Chaturthi. Mauritians of Marathi origin celebrate this festival with great joy and happiness in temples. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in Mauritius back since 1896. The Bhiwajee family of the Cascades valley in Henrietta first started this festival and since then this tradition of Ganesh Puja is prevalent in Mauritius as one of the celebrated and marked festival of the year. The popularity of the festival is such that it has gained the status of public holiday in the island of Mauritius.

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Celebration of Ganesh chaturthi in Mauritius:

Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the public holidays in Mauritius. Hinduism being the main culture of Mauritius with 52 percent of the population, all the Hindus of the island country celebrates this festival with great fervor. All the devotees of Lord Ganesha do pujas in the temples and celebrate the festival. People from different towns and villages join in the process of the immersion of lord Ganesha’s idol. They all gather along the beaches of the island country and take part in the immersion ceremony. The statue of lord Ganesha is also worshipped in many family and households and then these statues are also taken to the rivers and seas for immersion.

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