Just yesterday someone yelled “Ganpati Bappa…” and no sooner there were ten different voices calling back “…Morya!” That is the magic of Ganesh Chaturthi. No matter which religion you belong to, if you have lived in Maharashtra long enough you can’t help but respond to the cheers.

It is said that centuries ago Ganesha was created by Shiva and Parvati on request of the Devas, to be a vighnakartaa (obstacle-creator) in the path of rakshasas (demonic beings), and a vighnahartaa (obstacle-averter) to help the Devas. Ganesh Chaturthi marks the Birth of Lord Ganesha.

It became a major social and public event with the sponsorship of Shivaji after the Mughal-Maratha war. The festival again picked up momentum in the 19th century after public appeal by Indian Freedom fighter Lokmanya Tilak. He championed it as a means to circumvent the colonial British Government ban on Hindu gatherings.through its Anti-Public Assembly Legislation in 1892.

Typically, Ganesh Chaturthi is a 10-Day festival starting on the fourth day of Hindu luni-solar calendar month. It usually falls in the months of August or September of the Gregorian calendar.

It is celebrated by installing a Ganesh idol on the first day.which is made out of clay or paper mache. The idol is worshipped for the next 10 days. Prasadam or offerings from the daily prayers are distributed to the devotees. On the last day, after the final puja, the Ganesh idol is paraded to the nearest.water body for immersion with a lot of dancing and celebration.

Now-a-days, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated for various number of days ranging from 1.5 days to 10 days to even 15 days at some places. We at Golden Robot Animation celebrated the festival for 1.5 days. There was a Sthapana puja on the first day.[Click Here To Watch The Live StreamIt was followed by the Aarti.

On the second day, all ladies of GRA adorned sarees representing Indian traditions. There were dance performances by various artists. Ganeshji’s idol was then taken for visarjan after the final aarti & puja. The whole studio danced their hearts out to all tunes from Nashik dhol to popular Bollywood devotional numbers.

Visarjan (The immersion of Ganeshji’s idol in water) has always been a bitter-sweet event. While we are happy that He graced our humble studio, we are also sad that He’s going back so soon. It doesn’t matter how many days we celebrate the festival, at the last day all of us feel that we immersed a part of our hearts with Ganeshji.

Finally we are just left saying:

Ganpati Bappa Morya!
Pudhchya Varshi Lavkar Yaa!
(O Father Ganesha, Come Again Speedily Next Year!)

The above article is written by Kanishka Thakkar, Marketing Executive, Golden Robot Animation. To read more articles like this Click Here.
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