The festival Ganesh Chaturthi is rejoiced and celebrate as the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesh. The Lord Ganesha is worshipped On the day of Ganesh Chaturthi, as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune.

As per mythology and believed that Lord Ganesh was born during Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapada month. at present Ganesh Chaturthi day falls in the month of August or September as per the English calendar.

The carnival Ganesh Chaturthi is also known as Ganeshotsav which mark its ending after 10 days on Anant Chaturdashi which is also commonly regarded as the Ganesh Visarjan day. On Anant Chaturdashi, devotees immerse the idol of Lord Ganesh in water body post-gala street procession.

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Ganapati Sthapana and Ganapati Puja Muhurat

The Ganesh Puja is preferred at the time, the Ganesh Chaturthi, during Madhyahna because of the believed that Lord Ganesh was born during Madhyahna Kala.

The Madhyahna Kala is corresponding to midday as per the Hindu division of the day.

According to the Hindu time-keeping, the time duration between sunrises to sunset is divided into five equal parts. These five parts are known as Pratahkala, Sangava, Madhyahna, Aparahna, and Sayankal. Ganapati Sthapana and Ganapati Puja on Ganesha Chaturthi are done during Madhyahna.

The Ganesh Chaturthi is the day and as per Vedic astrology, it is regarded as the most appropriate time for Ganesha Puja.

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At the period midday, Ganesha devotees perform detailed ritualistic Ganesha Puja that is known as the Shodashopachara Ganapati Puja.

Prohibited Moon Sighting on Ganesha Chaturthi

On the festival of on Ganesh Chaturthi, people should not sight the moon. Sighting moon on Ganesh Chaturthi creates Mithya Dosham or Mithya Kalank (कलंक) that is regarded as the false accusation of stealing something.

According to the Puranic legends, once Lord Krishna was falsely accused of stealing precious jewel named Syamantaka. Post seeing plights of Lord Krishna, Sage Narada also said and informed that Lord Krishna sighted moon on the day of Bhadrapada Shukla Chaturthi which has been also cursed with the Mithya Dosha as per reports.

Sage Narada further said that once Lord Krishna that God Chandra has been cursed by Lord Ganesha that anyone who sighted moon on Shukla Chaturthi during Bhadrapada month can be cursed with Mithya Dosha.

This can be tainted and dishonored in the society, this can be suggested that sage Narada Lord Krishna observed Ganesha Chaturthi in order to get rid of Mithya Dosha.

Mithya Dosha Prevention Mantra

Depending on the beginning and end time of Chaturthi Tithi, of the sighting of the moon might be prohibited for two consecutive days.

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As per the rules, Moon should not be sighted while Chaturthi Tithi is widespread and common. Supplementary, Moon risen during Chaturthi should not be sighted even if Chaturthi Tithi gets over earlier than moonset.

If any person has mistakenly sighted moon on Ganesha Chaturthi then he should chant the following Mantra in order to get rid of the curse –

सिंहः प्रसेनमवधीत्सिंहो जाम्बवता हतः।
सुकुमारक मारोदीस्तव ह्येष स्यमन्तकः॥

Simhah Prasenamavadhitsimho Jambavata Hatah।
Sukumaraka Marodistava Hyesha Syamantakah॥

Madhyahna Ganesha Puja Time = 11:51 to 14:20

Duration = 2 Hours 29 Mins

On 12th, Time to Avoid Moon Sighting = 09:52 to 21:30

Duration = 11 Hours 37 Mins

Chaturthi Tithi Begins = 06:37 on 12/Sep/2018
Chaturthi Tithi Ends = 05:21 on 13/Sep/2018

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday Type
Sat Sep 11 , 2010, Ganesh Chaturthi/Vinayaka Chaturthi Restricted Holiday
Thu Sep 1 2011 Ganesh Chaturthi/Vinayaka Chaturthi Restricted Holiday
Wed Sep 19 2012 Ganesh Chaturthi Restricted Holiday
Mon Sep 9 2013 Ganesh Chaturthi Restricted Holiday
Fri Aug 29 2014 Ganesh Chaturthi Restricted Holiday
Thu Sep 17 2015 Ganesh Chaturthi/Vinayaka Chaturthi Restricted Holiday
Mon Sep 5 2016 Ganesh Chaturthi/Vinayaka Chaturthi Restricted Holiday
Fri Aug 25 2017 Ganesh Chaturthi/Vinayaka Chaturthi Restricted Holiday
Thu Sep 13 2018 Ganesh Chaturthi/Vinayaka Chaturthi Restricted Holiday
Mon Sep 2 2019 Ganesh Chaturthi/Vinayaka Chaturthi Restricted Holiday


Lord Ganesha s idol on way to visarjan in Kolkata

Khairatabad Ganesh proceeding for Maha Visarjan in Hyderabad

Devotees bidding bye to Lord Ganesha

Devotees taking on Ganesh idols for submersion

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