Celebrating the birth of Lord Ganesha, Ganesh Chaturthi is a revered Hindu festival widely observed in India, particularly in Maharashtra. This significant Hindu festival, spanning ten days, will commence from 19 September and conclude on 28 September this year. Lord Ganesha, revered as the deity of wisdom, knowledge, prosperity, and happiness, holds a special place in the hearts of devotees.
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Ganesh Chaturthi Bank Holiday
On 19 September, this year’s Ganesh Chaturthi will be joyously celebrated. In certain cities, banks are scheduled to remain closed for a three-day period, encompassing 18, 19, and 20 September. As per the RBI holiday calendar, on 18 September, banks will observe closure in Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad – Telangana, in honor of Varasiddhi Vinayaka Vrata/Vinayaka Chathurthi.
Banks will be closed on 19 September in Ahmedabad, Belapur, Bhubaneswar, Mumbai, Nagpur, and Panaji, observing the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi/Samvatsari (Chaturthi Paksha).
Additionally, on 20 September, banks will be closed in Bhubaneswar and Panaji, marking the second day of Ganesh Chaturthi and Nuakhai.
Ganesh Utsav auspicious Muhurat
According to Drik Panchang, the Ganesh Chaturthi tithi starts at 12:39 pm on 18 September and concludes at 1:43 pm on 19 September. The installation of the Ganesha idol, known as Sthapna, holds immense significance as it is believed to bring prosperity and happiness into homes.
The most auspicious time for Ganesh Sthapna this year falls on 19th September between 11:07 am and 01:34 pm. Post the Sthapna, Lord Ganesha will be worshipped with full rituals and devotion for ten consecutive days. Finally, on the last day, Anant Chaturdashi on September 28, 2023, the idol will be immersed in water as part of the concluding ritual.
Other Bank holidays in September:
According to the holiday list provided by the Reserve Bank of India, the month of September consists of 12 official holidays, which may vary from state to state. Additionally, when factoring in Sundays and alternate Saturday leaves, the total number of bank holidays for the month amounts to 16.
September 22 – Sree Narayana Guru Samadhi Day. Banks will remain closed in Kerala.
September 23 – Birthday of Maharaja Hari Singh Ji (Banks will remain closed in Jammu and Kashmir.)
September 25 – Janmotsav of Srimanta Sankardeva (Banks will remain closed in Assam)
September 27 – Milad-i-Sherif (Birthday of Prophet Muhammed) (Banks will remain closed in Jammu and Kerala)
September 28 – Eid-E-Milad/Eid-e-Meeladunnabi – (Prophet Mohammad’s Birthday) (Bara Vafat) Banks will be closed in Gujarat, Mizoram, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Telangana, Manipur, Uttara Pradesh, New Delhi, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.
September 29 – Indrajatra/Friday following Eid-i-Milad-ul-Nabi (Banks will remain closed in Sikkim, and Jammu and Srinagar.)
Though the bank branches will remain closed on these days, mobile and internet banking will remain functional as usual. Customers can make transactions through online modes.