Ganesha Chaturthi

2017, Ganesh Chaturthi is on Friday, August 25.
Ganesha Chaturthi is also celebrated in Rajasthan with great joy and devotion. This festival is celebrated after Lord Ganesha .Lord Ganesha is the eldest son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and elder brother named Kartikeya with a vehicle or vahana of peacock. Lord Ganesha has his vehicle or vahana a small mouse. He is the Lord who is believed to remove all obstacles on the path of the spiritual aspirant, and bestows upon him worldly as well as spiritual success. He is the Lord of Harmony and Peace.

In Rajasthan, on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, an image of Ganesh is covered in red kumkum and a garland of red flowers is put on the Ganesha idol, then the idol is placed by many households right outside their entry gates. A small puja thaal, with haldi and kumkum, is also placed at the entrance, so that the visiting people take a pinch of each and put it on their foreheads and throat as it is belived to be auspicious. Motichoor Ladoos are usually made in the house, to be first offered to Lord Ganesha as it is believed as his favorite and then distributed as prasad to the devotees.