The LORD descends over Pune once again

The Lord Descends

Guruji-Talim-Ganapati

Guruji-Talim-Ganapati,   Image Credit: Sujeet R Joshi

The time for festivities is here again!!!

 

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Bhau Rangari Ganpati,   Image Credit: Sujeet R Joshi

It’s that time of the year, when we welcome with open arms, our beloved Lord Ganesha or Vighnaharta the Lord of Obstacles, into our home and hearts.

 

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Divine!!      Image Credit: Supriya Joshi-Gokhale

Once again the city will come alive with colour, festivities and celebrations.

Once again every street will greet us with soaring chants and traditional dhol tashas .

 

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Super charged Processions!!         Image Credit: Sujeet R Joshi

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Dhol Tashas in action!!       Image Credit: Sujeet R Joshi

Once again we will gorge on mouthwatering modaks.

Once again we will be astonished looking at the sheer size and the grandeur of the Stunning Ganesh Idols.

 

Mandai-Ganapati

Mandai Ganpati,       Image Credit: Sujeet R Joshi

And once again we will seek His blessings with complete faith and devotion

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Pride of Pune – Shreemant-Dagdusheth-Halwai-Ganapati,       Image Credit: Sujeet R Joshi

Ganesh Chaturthi, falls on the fourth day of the second fortnight in the month of Bhaadrapada of the Hindu calendar. It normally lasts for 10 days and is celebrated in honour of Lord Ganeshas Birthday.

 

Riddhi Siddhi Ganapati,      Image Credit: Sujeet R Joshi

This festival is celebrated by devotees by installing Ganesh idols at home or in pandals.

 

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My Family Ganapati

 

Its believed that Ganesh Chaturthi was first celebrated publicly during the era of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj to promote culture and nationalism.

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Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj- the pioneer of Ganesh Chaturthi,       Image Credit: Sujeet R Joshi

It was then revived many years later by Lokmanya Tilak to bring like minded people of different caste together; to generate a sense of unity and to encourage communal harmony against the colonial British Raj.

Kesariwada-Ganapati

Kesariwada-Ganapati Started By Lokmanya Tilak,       Image Credit: Sujeet R Joshi

The festival ends on the 10th day. Huge procession are carried out with huge gatherings and the atmosphere of the place is truly electric.

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The immersion procession,       Image Credit: Supriya Joshi-Gokhale

The idols are immersed amidst chants of

 Ganpati bappa morya pudhchya varshi lavkar ya.

We pray to you and request you to come again next year with lots of blessings and love.

 

Thus,

Once again we bid a tearful goodbye to our Lord who sets off on his journey towards his abode in Kailash while taking away with him the misfortunes of his devotees.

About Pooja Samtani

Hi! I am Pooja. My life is an amalgamation of mundane and that of a digital nomad. The travel bug actually hit me after I completed my education and started earning. It was then I actually started experiencing places than just visiting them. Thus started a zeal to explore to satisfy my wanderlust. After marriage things just worked out better for me thanks to my equally zealous Hubby. Accompanied by our daughter who is ever ready to get out of home, we often set sails on many interesting (and sometimes crazy) family adventures with dreams to travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us. Mail me at poojasamtani@laidbacktraveller.com

2 Comments

  1. Jai Sri Ganesh! Lord Ganesha was my favorite God when I was in 6th standard. I remember praying to him for a brilliant school record and marks. Thanks so much Pooja for sharing this lovely description of Sri Ganesh Chaturthi…

    I would recommend the readers of this page to also check Sri Devdutt Pattanaik books for a deeper understanding of Indian Spiritual traditions.

    Thanks again

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