Ganesh Chaturthi is a famous Indian festival that marks the birthday of Lord Ganesha. It is observed in the month of Bhadra in the Hindu calendar, which varies between mid-August and mid-September each year according to the western calendar.
This year, Ganesh Chaturthi will be celebrated on 17 September with joy and devotion across the nation. Some States including Maharashtra, Goa, Kerala and Tamil Nadu are known to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi at its best.
On the day of the grand festival, different rituals are performed, including chanting mantras to immersing Ganesha statues in water.
For those who cannot experience the rituals first hand, technology is offering solutions. Smartphone apps, specifically designed for Ganesh Chaturthi, bring various forms of rituals and celebrations in your phone. You can also enhance the celebrations with the apps to get a lively feel anytime, anywhere.
Ganesh Chaturthi starts with a pooja and here is an app to assist you with the arrangements. The Ganesh Pooja app lists all the ingredients and steps of Ganesha Sthapana and Ganesha visarjan, lists all the 108 names of Lord Ganesha, explain the meaning of different body parts of Ganesha and dictate aratis and mantras in Sanskrit with their meaning.
Ganesh Pooja is a free Android app and can be downloaded from Play Store.
Ganesh mantras are a crucial part of the celebrations. Aptly named Ganesh Mantra, the app can be used to chant mantras 11, 21, 51 or 108 times with proper pranayama. You can pause or stop the mantras anytime and resume accordingly.
Ganesh Mantra is available as a free download on Google Play Store.
Ganesha Chalisa-Meaning & Video
Ganesha Chalisa is an app for Android smartphones, packed with several features. As per the app's listing, you can get the Ganesha chalisa with video, subtitles and meaning in English and Hindi. To get a more real-world feel, flower-shower animation is added. The app can work offline but requires initial download from Play Store.
Ganesha Chalisa-Meaning & Video is a free Android app available in Google Play Store.
Ganesh Aarti brings a nice temple-like feel within your palm. You can touch and worship Lord Ganesha, change Ganesh idols, perform Aarti via touch, feed with Modak, shower flowers on the statue, light up diyas, blow a conch and do more with the app.
This useful app is available for free on Google Play Store.
Ganesh Chaturthi: Wishes
Wishing your friends and family on Ganesh Chaturthi is a major part of the festival. So there's an app to help you with that. Ganesh Chaturthi: Wishes app comes pre-loaded with English, Hindi greetings, SMS, messages, quotes, wallpapers and image backgrounds. The app features a simple UI and easy-to-share messages. Most importantly, the app does not require Internet.
Ganesh Chaturthi: Wishes app is available for free on Google Play Store.
Neon Ganesh Clock
Wake up to an amazing neon-look Ganesh clock on your Android smartphone and begin your day with joy. The Neon Ganesh Clock has four different types of clocks with neon photo animation of Lord Ganesh.
Available as a free download, Neon Ganesh Clock can be grabbed from Google Play Store.
To dive deeper into the feel of Ganesh Chaturthi, set your favourite Lord Ganesha picture as the wallpaper on your smartphone. There is an app with pre-loaded Ganesha pictures, which can be set as wallpaper instantly.
Ganesh Wallpapers is available on Google Play Store for free.