- How Ganesha was Created: It’s believed that Ganesha was created by sandalwood paste that Parvati used for bathing. She created young boy to guard the entrance when she bathed. While Parvathy was bathing one day shiva came but ganesha stopped shiva and enraged shiva cut off Ganesha head but realized the mistake afterwards, then Parvathy asked Shiva to bring head of first animal that he see sleeping and thus the Elephant head was brought.
- Significance of the Day: On this day, Lord Shiva declared Ganesha as superior to all Gods except Vishnu, Parvati, Laxmi and himself. Ganesh Chaturthi, which is the fourth day of the Hindu lunar month of Avani (August – September), is the day when Lord Ganesha is believed to descend on earth to bless his devotees.
3. The great revival of the festival
Ganesh Chaturthi has been celebrated publicly in Pune since the era of Shivaji, the founder of the Maratha Emperor during the 17th century. However, with the fall of the Peshwas, the festival became just a private family celebration having lost its patronage
It was social reformer and Indian freedom fighter, Lokmanya Tilak who revived the celebration as a means to unite the people through festival and since then, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with pomp and grandeur all across the nation.
4. The first public installation of Ganesha idol
It was in 1892 that the first sarvajanik idol of Ganesh was installed by Bhausaheb Laxman Javale who is also known as Bhau Rangari. It was Javale who introduced the current Maharashtra public festival inspiring Lokmanya Tilak to popularize Ganesh Chaturthi as a national festival.
In India, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in the grandest form in Maharashtra, Karnataka and parts of Andhra Pradesh.
5. Outside India, it’s widely celebrated in Nepal’s Terai region, and by Hindus in UK, US and Mauritius etc.
6. In 2014, there were 10,000 Ganesh idols in the pandals of Mumbai alone.
7. Per statistics, the number of Ganesh idols brought home last year was 1,80,650 and the number is significantly increasing each year
8. The longest immersion procession is that of Mumbai’s Lalbaugcha Raja, which starts at around 10 am and ends the next morning, taking nearly 24 hours.
9. The second longest procession is that of Mumbai’s Andhericha Raja, which starts at 5 pm and ends early morning next day.
10. The total insurance cover for pandals across Mumbai alone in 2014 was worth Rs. 450 crores.
11. The famous Lalbaugcha Raja was itself covered for a staggering Rs. 51 crores.
12. Lord Ganesha has around 108 names, including Vighna Harta (the remover of obstacles) and Buddhi Pradaayaka (the giver of wisdom and intellect).