Lord Ganesha is one of the most loved and respected god in India. Ganesha, the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, is regarded as the lord of wisdom and prosperity. From being a part of every beginning to removing obstacles along every part of life, the pot-bellied God plays a big part in the loves of Hindus. That is the reason the auspicious festival of Ganesh Chathurti is so popular and is celebrated with fervour in each part of the country.
This 5-10 day-long festival keeps people busy as they offer prayers to Lord Ganesha and prassad in the form of modaks. People install Ganesha idols in their houses, which are submerged in water on the last day or before – as per family traditions. People take complete efforts in decorating these idols, preparation for which begins months in advance in some cases.
Ganesha coins - The most idol and popular gift for Ganesh Chathurti are silver and gold coins with images of Lord Ganesha. Precious coins make for an ideal gift for a Hindu household and coins with Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi images show wishes for the well-being of the recipient.
Ganesha idols – The remover of obstacles finds space in each household. One can find idols of Lord Ganesha in most houses, cars and offices. These make for a perfect gift on such an occasion as they bring home prosperity and luck. One can find idols in all sizes, positions and makes like gold, silver, brass, earth, etc.
Modaks – These sweet dumplings are believed to be Lord Ganesha’s favourite food, which makes prayers during Ganesh Chathurti incomplete without modak. During the festival, modak is distributed as prassad and is presented to people as a blessing of Lord Ganesha. While many people prepare modaks in a traditional form at home, the market offers innovative variety of these mouth-watering sweets. Chocolate modak is one such variety which is preferred by kids and elders alike.
Ganesha pendants – Jewellery has always been an integral part of gifting. Ornaments shaped like Ganesha or engraved with Ganesha pictures are also among some of the most popular gifts on Ganesh Chathurti. As the master of rat, Ganesha shows his form of Vigneshvara, the remover of obstacles. Gold, silver, gold-plated and precious stones-studded pendants representing the elephant-headed are believed to protect people from harm.