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  • This two-minute clip on Ganesh Chaturthi explains secularism in the simplest yet heart-warming manner; watch now

    Ganesh Chaturthi is a very big festival for people of Maharashtra. The festival has spread its magic on people, who worship Lord Ganesh during the 10-day long auspicious festival. Many social messages are also propagated during this event of Ganesh Chaturthi and such a new video by a Tea Brand is getting viral on social media. This video focuses on the concept of secularism which is a vital part of this festival

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    Must visit Ganesha temples around the world

    Devotion cannot be contained by borders and the temples around the world is a proof. In India, temples are a common sight since it is home to a high percentage of Hindus. However outside India temples are not so common but they do exist in every corner of the world. Surprisingly, they do see a good number of visitors, especially during festivals. Some of the temples are known for architecture, grandeur, and

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    TB awareness: Doctors, chemists use Ganeshutsav as tool

    Mumbai: As the devoted throng Ganesh pandals for darshan in Ghatkopar and Kurla, doctors and pharmacists have decided to utilise this ‘divine’ opportunity to create awareness on tuberculosis (TB). In 2017-18 alone, TB cases in the city rose by 33%.

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    Ashtottara Shatanamavali of Lord Ganesha: 108 names of Ganpati with mantra

    Lord Ganesha is considered the most powerful of all gods and goddesses. He has ascribed many title sand epithets. He is also known as the Lord of Beginnings and Remover of Obstacles. He is worshipped on many religious and secular occasions, especially at the beginning of ventures such as buying a vehicle or starting a venture. He is depicted as a pot-bellied with four arms and an elephant head, riding on a

  • Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: Check out the first look of Lalbaugcha Raja 2018 in Mumbai

    Situated in a narrow bylane of Lalbaug is the Mumbai’s one of the famous Sarvajanik Ganpati ‘Lalbaugcha Raja’. Founded in 1934, the idol is known as the ‘one who fulfills all wishes’. From politicians to Bollywood celebrities, millions of devotees flock the pandal to get a glimpse of the God of wisdom. The idol is worshipped for eleven days and immersed on Anant Chaturdashi. In 2018, Ganesh Chaturthi will be celebrated from

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    Is Lord Ganesha married? Here’s all you need to know

    Lord Ganesha is one of the celestial deities holding the divine prominence in Vedic scriptures. The elephant-headed god rides a mouse and is worshipped by all sects. He is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. He is believed to be the lord of success and destroyer of obstacles and is worshipped as the god of wisdom and wealth. The marital status of Ganesha varies widely in mythological stories. In South

  • Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: 10 must visit Ganesha temples in India

    Lord Ganesha is the Lord of wisdom, prosperity, security, happiness, success, education, good fortune, and destroyer of obstacles. Son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, he is superior to all Hindu gods and is always worshipped first. There are several temples in India dedicated to the elephant god that devotees must visit at least once in a lifetime. These temples are known for their architecture as well for the history behind them.

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    Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: Unique Modak makeovers in Mumbai

    It’s Ganesh Chaturthi and sweet shops in the city are flooded with sweets and savories, especially ‘Modaks’ – the favourite food of the elephant god. Lord Ganesha and modak are synonymous. We love modak all year around but they are the need of the hour for all the 11 days and cannot be avoided how much we try. With due respect to the traditional steamed and fried modak, if you had enough of

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    Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: Wishes, greetings, images to share on SMS, WhatsApp, Facebook

    Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayak Chaturthi, is an annual festival that honours Lord Ganesha. The festival is celebrated with a lot of zeal and enthusiasm across the country, especially in Maharashtra. The festival culminates on Ananta Chaturdashi, the day when idols of Ganesha are immersed. Lord Ganesha is considered as the God of new beginnings and the remover of obstacles. In 2018, Ganesha Chaturthi falls on September 13. On the occasion

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    Karni Mata Temple: 5 things to know about the rat temple in Rajasthan

    Karni Mata Temple, also known as the ‘temple of rats’, is situated at Deshnoke near Bikaner in Rajasthan. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Karni, who is believed to be the incarnation of Goddess Durga, the goddess of power. The temple is overrun with more than 20,000 rats. Devotees feed, worship and protect them. In order to keep predators away, devotees have built nets and grills. Surprisingly, these rats do not bite

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    Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: List of artificial ponds to ensure eco-friendly immersions

    This Ganesh Chaturthi, in a break from tradition, this year, instead of heading to the lakes, use artificial ponds installed in your locality by the civic body. Artificial immersion ponds are installed around the city in order to preserve the city’s water bodies. Immersion of idols damage the water bodies. In order to protect the city’s water bodies from the damage caused by Ganpati idol immersions and encourage more people to use

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    Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: Significance, tithi, bhog and all you need to know

    Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayak Chaturthi, is a celebration that marks the birth of Lord Ganesha. The festival celebrates Ganesha as the God of New Beginnings and the Remover of Obstacles as well as the god of wisdom and intelligence. The ten-day festival resumes on the fourth day of Hindu lunisolar calendar month Bhadrapada, which typically falls in the months of August or September of the Gregorian calendar. The festival is

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    Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: Traditional steamed and fried modak recipes you have been looking for

    No wonder Modak is Lord Ganesha’s favourite food. It has a special importance during Ganesh Chaturthi. The sweet dumpling is prepared using jaggery, coconut, wheat flour/maida, and ghee. They are either steamed or fried. The steamed version is called ‘ukdiche modak’ while the fried one ‘talalele modak’. The steamed ones are soft and luscious and the fried ones are crunchy.  Modaks are also known as ‘Kudumu’ in Telugu, ‘Kadubu’ in Kannada, ‘Kozhakatta’

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    Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: Visarjan tithi for 1.5, 3, 5, 7 days and Anant Chaturdashi

    The saddest part of Ganeshotsav is the Ganesh Visarjan. The time to bid goodbye to our beloved Bappa. It is the day when the idols of Ganesha are immersed in water bodies. Celebrations end after 1.5, 3, 5, 7, 10 or 11 days. Though the saddest part the occasion is celebrated with full enthusiasm. The 11-day festivities of Ganeshotsav comes to an end on Anant Chaturdashi. The streets of the city are

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    Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: 7 eco-friendly ways to celebrate Ganesh festival

    Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most awaited festivals. During this 10-day festival, we often overlook the aftermath of the celebration. Festivals today have become highly commercialised and many a time end up polluting water bodies and creating noise pollution due to the use of loudspeakers. This year, during Ganesh Chaturthi, let us make an effort to reduce the burden of the Mother Nature and celebrate the festival in an eco-friendly manner.

  • Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: 10 quick and easy Ganpati rangoli designs

    Rangoli is said to be the harbinger of good luck and plays an important role in every Hindu festival. The word ‘Rangoli’ is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Rangavalli’, a combination of two words ‘Rang’ and ‘Avalli’. ‘Rang’ means colour and ‘avalli’ means rows and lines. From simple geometric designs to abstract art, rangoli comes in different styles. The traditional art form denotes good luck and prosperity and has a different name

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    Timings to avoid moon sighting on Ganesh Chaturthi 2018; Reason behind the belief

    It is a popular belief that one should not sight the moon on Ganesh Chaturthi. Sighting the moon may result in Mithya Dosham or Mithya Kalank, meaning false accusation of stealing. Mithya Doshan literally translates to false accusation for wrongdoing. According to the myth, anyone who sights the moon on Shukla Chaturthi of Bhadrapada will be falsely accused of stealing because of Lord Ganesha’s curse to Lord Chandra. In 2018, Ganesh Chaturthi

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    Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: Ganpati aartis with lyrics and videos

    Ganesh Chaturthi is a 10-day festival that commemorates the birth of Lord Ganesha. The festival begins on Shukla Chaturthi which is the fourth day of the waxing moon and ends on Anant Chaturdashi which is the 14th day of the waxing moon period. In 2018, Ganesh Chaturthi commences on September 13 and Anant Chaturdashi falls on September 23. Devotees celebrate the festival by worshipping the idol of Lord Ganesha and singing devotional