Vinayaka Chaturthi, aka: Vinayaka Chaturti; 2 Definition(s)


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Vinayaka Chaturthi.—The Hindu ceremony going by the names Vinayaka Chaturti and Ganesh Chaturti is of perennial interest to the Hindus all over India. It is a Vratha observed on the fourth day in the bright fortnight of the month Badrapadha called in Tamil Avani corresponding to the English month August-September, to obtain knowledge of things and success in all undertakings. There is not a Hindu ceremony but commences with a puja to this deity. The reason for this is obvious. Grit and strength of will are necessary for success in all undertakings. Intelligence also must play its part well. The trunk of this elephant-headed deity symbolises grit and strength of will and the head of the elephant symbolises wisdom, so by worshipping Vinayaka, one makes up his mind to use grit and strength of will, wisely, in the undertaking he is going to set his hands to.

Source: South Indian Festivities (hinduism)

India history and geogprahy

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Vinayaka Chaturthi refers to one of the festivals of the Nambutiris. During Vinayaka Chaturthi, the elephant-headed god of learning is worshipped. At the end of the ceremony, the idol is dropped into a well. On the 4th of Bhadrapada. The Nambutiri people form the socio-spiritual aristocracy of Malabar, and, as the traditional landlords of Parasu Rama’s land, they are everywhere held in great reverence.

Source: Project Gutenberg: Castes and Tribes of Southern India, Volume 1
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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