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Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi  is the celebration of Lord Ganesha  or the elephant headed god as he is popularly known throughout the world. Each year Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with a lot of excitement and joy, but what exactly is Ganesh Chaturthi and what does it signify.
The hindu religion has been studied and interpreted by different people in different forms including the myriad rituals that are performed to the deities but the essence of all the interpretations is the same and leads one towards the supreme god.
Celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi is one such festival which reinforces the Advaita vedanta principle.Advaita (non dual in Sanskrit)refers to the identity of the true Self, Atmanwhich is pure consciousness and the highest reality,Brahman , which is also pure consciousness. Followers seek liberation from the birth circleby acquiring Vidya(knowledge) of the identity of Atman and Brahman. 
Lord Ganesha  is praised in the hymn composed by Adi shankaracharya as Ajam Nirvikalpam Niraakaarame…