Vinayaka Chavithi 2021: Everything need to know about Ganesh Chaturthi. Celebrations of Sri Vinayaka Chavithi in Andhra Pradesh & Karnataka.
Sri Vinayaka Chavithi is the god presiding over a host of Hindu ills including fever, dysentery, and wild animals. For centuries Sri Vinayaka Chavithi has been worshipped with humorous and ribald songs and dances, which are performed during festivals marking his birthday on the last day of the dark fortnight (waning moon) in August or September. The day is also marked by a ritual known as the ‘Kambala’, which mimics the yearly plowing and sowing of crops. In rural areas, men race each other in two teams, using sticks or their hands to pull an object representing an ox. The Kambala has been linked with fertility rituals and erotic dances of antiquity.
Sri Vinayaka Chavithi in Andhra Pradesh
Vinayaka Chavithi’s are important celebrations in Andhra Pradesh. The Chavithi festival at Nellore is held in August every year. This festival is associated with the death and demise of Prahlada Maharaja, the son of the demon king Hiranyakashipu. Prahlada had become an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu and became a staunch enemy of his father’s ideology, so much so that he ended up killing his own father.
The special feature of the Nellore Chavithi festival is ‘Kambala’, an event that involves pullers representing the demon King Hiranyakashipu and his son Prahlada pulling a chariot.
Many feature lord Ganesha tall statues and Visarjan is also done by people.
A 13-day festival is celebrated in August every year in Tirupati, with a procession of Lord Venkateswara’s idol from Tirumala to Alipiri decorated with flowers and coins.
A ten-day festival is celebrated in August every year in Guntur. The festival is associated with the worship of Lord Shiva and his consort Devi Parvathi known as ‘Vinayaka’. It is believed that the deity’s location was shifted by Mahabali from Prakriti Sagara to Dakshina Kosala, a place where it has been worshipped for thousands of years.
Vinayaka Chavithi in Karnataka
In Karnataka, Vinayaka Chavithi is celebrated during the month of September or October. There is a ritual called nadu stuthi (procession) held at the end of every year wherein people make a representation of Ganesha out of rice flour and carry it for display.