Panch Ganapati


    December 21, 2016

    Panch Ganapati

    Last Year Celebrated on 21 Dec-25 Dec 2015
    Present Year celebrated on 21 Dec-25 Dec 2016
    Next Year will be celebrated on 21 Dec-25 Dec 2017


    Pancha Ganapati is celebrated in honor of Lord Ganesha, from December 21 to December 25 as it is a five day Hindu festival. The festival has no historical significance it came into existence in 1985, when a western converted Hindu named Sivaya Subramuniyaswami whose born name was Robert Hansen took initiation to celebrate festival same as Christmas in Western country during this time period.

    People follow a special spiritual discipline called sadhana during these five day. A small shrine is then established in the home symbolizing the new beginning and praying for prosperity and peace in coming time from God. At the center of the shrine is placed a large wooden or bronze five faced statue of Lord Ganesha. It is believed that Lord Ganesha comes from the forest that why banana leaves is used to decorate the shrine. It is also decorated with lights. Colors have strong significance in this festival every morning during this festival children decorate Ganesha in a different color: on December 21 with Golden yellow, then royal blue, ruby red, emerald green and finally brilliant orange. These colors depict the five powers possessed by Lord Ganesha.

    Sweets are offered to Lord Ganesha during this festival. All the five days of festival sweets and other gifts are distributed among the people and relatives as Prasad. Some people also love to share greeting cards and other western kind gifts to celebrate this festival.