As we ‘Gujaratis’, the ‘gathiya fafda’ loving people believe in celebrating each and every festival with high fervour and zeal. These days a walk down the street is more than enough for one to realise that the festive season is here. Every other street corner in Vadodara has a pandal being set up for Ganesh idols. Yes, it is almost time to gear up for our favourite festival season.
Even though the preparations for Ganesh Chaturthi being almost two to three months prior to the big festival where the skilled artisans beautifully craft and decorate life-like idols in various size and postures. Be it from student to storekeeper, movie producer to scientist, always begin new work assignment by praying to the god of wisdom, prudence, and salvation – Lord Ganeshason of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Ganesh Chaturthi is believed to be one of the most auspicious festivals for the Hindus. The day is celebrated in great devotion as the birthday of Lord Ganesha. The duration of this festival usually varies from 1 day to 11 days as many devotees bring home idols of Lord Ganesha. The great enthusiasm is seen when the whole community comes together chanting with offerings of coconut, jaggery, 21 modakas (made of rice flour), 21 durva blades of grass and red flowers to worship Ganesha in colourfully done pandals.
According to the great Hindu mythology Ganesha is generally considered as one who grants intelligence (Buddhi Pradaayaka) and one who removes obstacles (Vigana Harta), which no grandmother has forgotten to tell her grandchildren. It is on the last day, when the idol is taken in a procession to be immersed in a river or the sea accompanied with joyous devotees singing Ganesha’s chants “Ganapathi Bappa Morya, Purchya Varshi Laukariya”. This is the see-off ritual which symbolises the journey of Lord towards his home in Kailash while taking away all the misfortunes.
May Lord Ganesha fill your home with prosperity, good fortune and happiness!