Ganesh Chaturthi 2017: Date, Time and Celebrations

Ganesh Idol carried by devotees in a procession celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi in Mumbai. 
Ganesh Idol carried by devotees in a procession celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi in Mumbai.  (Photo: AP screengrab)

Ganesh Chaturthi 2017: Date, Time and Celebrations

Ganesh Chaturthi is round the corner. The festivities have already begun across the nation, with devotees waiting to welcome Ganpati Bappa with much alacrity. Usually Ganesh Chaturthi is a 10-day long festival, but this year it will be celebrated for 11 days – starting 25 August. The Dasamati date is behind this year’s extended celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi. This will be followed by the departure of Ganpati on the 12th day i.e. 5 September.

Before we bring Lord Ganesha home, here are some of the facts about the festival which is celebrated with much fanfare across the country:

When Is Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrated?

Ganesh Chaturthi – which marks the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha – is celebrated on the fourth day of Hindu luni-solar calendar month Bhadrapada. This usually falls in the months of August-September.

What Is the Best Time to Perform the Ganesha Chaturthi Vidhi?

According to Hindu mythology, Lord Ganesha was born during the Madhyahna Kala. Therefore, the Ganesh Chaturthi vidhi (rituals) is performed during this time of the day.

Ganesh Chaturthi Customs

Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with much pomp and show across the country. The festivities begin months in advance with artisans making idols of Lord Ganesha and devotees cleaning and decorating their homes to welcome Bappa. Beautiful pandals are created across the country in which Ganpati Bappa is placed. Devotees throng these pandals to pay their homage to Ganesha.

The rituals take place all through the 10 days, with modaks being offered to Lord Ganesha and later devoured by the devotees.

2017 Ganesh Chaturthi Date and Time

Chaturthi Tithi Begins at 20:27 on 24 August
Chaturthi Tithi Ends at 20:31 on 25 August

Moon Sighting Prohibited on Ganesh Chaturthi

According to traditional rituals and practices, moon sighting is prohibited during Ganesh Chaturthi as it supposedly leads to Mithya Dosham. As goes the legend, Lord Krishna was falsely accused of stealing the precious jewel Syamantaka. Later, it turned out that he had sighted the moon on Ganesh Chaturthi, getting cursed with Mithya Dosham in return.

Ganesh Chaturthi 2017: Pooja and Mahurat

Madhyahana Puja Time – 11:25 to 13:55 hrs (IST). This is also considered the ideal time to bring Lord Ganesha home.

Ganesh Chaturthi 2017: Visarjan Dates

The visarjan or immersion of Gajanan in water takes place on Anant Chaturdasi. This year it falls on 5 September.

Chaturdashi Tithi begins at 12:14 on 4 September
Chaturdashi Tithi ends at 12:41 on 5 September

Gauri Visarjan: 31 August

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