On 5th September 2016 – it was Ganesh Chaturthi.
Most parts of India and Ganesha lovers soaked in the happiness of the pious festival – birthday of Lord Ganesha – the Elephant Headed lord who rides on a mouse and loves to gorge on sweets – ladoo’s and modaka’s
And why am I so delayed in wishing everyone on that date – I was busy celebrating of course ! To add to more excuses – life with a toddler for a stay at home working mom (heavy words all in a row ) isn’t for the faint hearted. Coming back to the festivities, my family was invited for lunches and dinners by friends who had graciously invited Lord Ganesha in their homes. Food is usually the best part 🙂 We were served lip smacking South Indian food.
It is also interesting to note some of the popular symbology of Lord Ganesha. His story would be an interesting read too !
Ganesha is the God of prosperity, good luck and success. Know as the Vighnaharta, Ganesha has been blessing his devotees with prosperity and fortune. People bring home idols of Lord Ganesh to celebrate the festival and worship the Lord in a special way. Some keep the idol for a day and half, while some keep for 5, 7 or 11 days depending on their commitment or family tradition. On the last day of worship the idol is taken out in procession with pomp and show and immersed traditionally in flowing water which is sea or river or even a lake or pond. The procession is colourful and musical and people dance merrily.
Although in recent years this festival has been contributing to a lot of noise pollution and water pollution, I was very happy that our friends all chose to go the eco friendly way.
The sentiment behind bringing home Eco friendly Ganesha’s felt better than the food for once. Instead of taking a noisy procession and immersing the idol in a water body, they took the idols out of their homes and immersed in a private tub or bucket. They then used that water to water their plants. Neat !
Ganpati is the herald of auspicious beginnings and is the beloved deity of wisdom and the benevolence.
Wish you a Happy and a Blessed Ganesh Chaturthi 2016!