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Today The Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations Have Begun.

Today is Ganesh Chaturthi. It is a day of festivity, of happiness, of celebrations. On this auspicious occasion offerings of “ukdiche modak”, modak, ladoos, peda, barfi, kaju katli, are offered and presented to the Lord and then the prasad is distributed amongst all.

The spirit, happiness and the height of the festivity of Ganesh Chartuthi can’t be described in words. It has to be, experienced, lived and felt to the inner most core of your heart.

While bringing Lord Ganapati(Ganesha) to the people’s homes or pandals, music bands which are hired by many play loud and beat music on their instruments and especially the drums make dancing notes and it becomes truly a joyful and happy occasion for all. People dance on the beats, many try innovate new dance moves. Whenever I hear such dance beats, my heart, my soul too dances with it.

The above statue of Lord Ganesha is established in Cham Sculpture museum, Vietnam.

The happiness of seeing Lord Ganesha is beyond anything. It’s natural to feel emotional. When anything asked for gets fulfilled, tears like tributaries of various rivers, flow from one’s eyes, in salutation and surrender to Lord Ganesha.

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to all.

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The Celebrations of Ganesh Chathurthi.

Ganesh Chathurthi is a festival which is celebrated with a lot of fun fare. Pandals are made, sweets are distributed and there is happiness everywhere as it is a festive mood and people hardly bother with the problems in their lives for these ten days.

The moment the clock struck ten in the morning, people started bringing idols of Lord Ganesha to their homes with the band people playing loud music. Few had Ganesh idols home or at their pandals yesterday night itself. Each have done so according to their own convenience.

The lightings have been put up and the pandals have been decorated with beautiful cloths and the interior designing of the pandals has been done superbly. The celebrations have started and they will last for ten days.

People welcome guests in their homes and similarly they visit other’s houses as well. During this time, forgiveness is asked from all and the hand of friendship is extended all near and dear ones. Sometimes the requests for friendships are not reciprocated.

Lord Ganesha’s favourite sweet modak is distributed to all and with it banana is also given , as it signifies shagun. Many people get poojas and yagnas done during this time and all have a great time celebrating Lord Ganesha’s festival.

Lord Ganesha is known as the “vignaharta” meaning “the remover of obstacles”.

So, we(ma, baba and me) we pray to him on this great and auspicious occasion that he removes all the obstacles in our lives and blesses us with prosperity, dignity, love, kindness, mercy, help and ability and most of all with happiness.

GANAPATI BAPPA MORYA.MANGAL MURTI MORYA.

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Mothers waiting for the afternoon school to get over.
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Mothers waiting for the afternoon school to get over.

The primary school for kids was yet to get over. Tomorrow is a holiday for the kids as it is the eve of Ganesh Chaturthi. So, I suppose the teachers were giving the kids a bit of extra homework, like mothers who give a bit of extra jam in their child’s tiffin box. Only in the case of the teachers giving extra HW, kids would have to do maybe a total of ten extra sums to make their teachers happy.

The school bell hadn’t rung though it was five past four. The school timings were upto four thirty pm in the evening. That day the school was supposed to get over by four. This information had been relayed to the parents and the bus personnel the day before. So, the mothers had started worrying and within the next few two or three minutes the school bell rang and the kids came running into their respective mothers arms.

The bell man whose duty was to set the bell on, had apparently dozed off after eating a sumptuous lunch at the school. That day his wife had packed two extra aloo ke paratha in his tiffin box. Now aloo ke paratha(paratha) are generally very heavy to eat if they are stuffed with a good amount of aloo. He was dreaming that he had won the lottery to go on a romantic trip to Switzerland when the school’s principal was loudly calling out his name. When he woke up, he saw that he was drooling on his uniform and his boss was standing right in front of him. The principal was about to shout at him, but he controlled his anger and instead reminded him that it was five past four and that he should have rang the bell by now. The bell man apologized to the principal and he rang the school bell. Initially the principal was very angry with the bell man, as the principal himself was in a hurry to go home and so that he could take his family out for an outing. But when the bell man apologized and told him that it won’t happen again, the principal forgave him and all went home happy.

SO HAPPY GANESH CHATURTHI TO ALL.