GANPATI FESTIVAL -Ganpati Bappa Morya!!!
After the celebration of Hartalika Teej, I and my family were all set to welcome Bappa at our home Chaturthi Ganesh Chaturthi, is a Hindu festival celebrating the arrival of Ganesha to earth from Kailash Parvat. The festival is celebrated with the establishment of Ganesha idols (clay made eco-friendly preferably) at homes, or publicly in temporary pandals.
At my home, It been 7 years of welcoming Bappa, Due to rooted from Varanasi a city of eastern Uttar Pradesh, Ganpati festival is not very common there in spite of being a city of temples and Ghats, it wasn’t very famous for celebrating Ganpati Mahotsav at that time, however I was so obsessed by this festival right from my childhood , don’t know why and how? My determination was so strong even that time too, that whenever I get an opportunity, with my inner confidence and strength I am definitely going to bring Ganpati at my home and will be celebrating this festival to the fullest. After marriage when I got shifted to Pune my obsession for this festival become stronger resulted I and my husband both joined hands with equal excitement and decided to grab the opportunity to do Sewa of Ganpati Bappa for certain days at our own home. I tried my best to collect all the right and bit convenient information regarding, the rituals and customs related to pooja, vidhi of immersion and all, and eventually brought eco-friendly Ganpati at home. Choosing eco-friendly idol, I believe is the first step of the sense of responsibility towards Ganpati Worship, which, one should never ignore before moving forward.
Here I am sharing some pics of my Ganpati celebration every year. In every pic you can easily see my learning stage of deco, only the excitement of this festive celebration remains the same every year means at peak.
I would like to mention that Decoration’s idea and credit straight goes to my husband and his creativity. I enjoy each and everything during this season from making modak, to preparing prasad thali, meeting friends, performing aarti together, going to their place for Ganpati darshan and aarti, etc.
After 5 days of celebration on the 5th day, the saddest part of this celebration comes i.e. immersion. it’s the time we say bye to Bappa by making a promise to keep his hands and blessings on us and our home, till the time he comes to meet us again next year. I prefer to do the immersion process in the bucket at my home only.
I must confess here that as a responsible citizen I always promoted to keep our rivers and ponds water clean and prefer to do immersion of idols at home into the bucket only,but I never do it on my own, here in the USA when I started doing immersion at home I too promised myself whenever I will be back to India I am going to continue my this tradition there too.
After the completion of the immersion process we all friends eat prasad and some refreshments together, just to give a happy ending to the Ganpati festival.
It’s all about my way of Ganpati celebration.will come up some more interesting topics.
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