September 2, 2011

Ganesh Chaturthi

Happy Ganesh Chathurthi!!
When we were in Mumbai, there was no other pooja being celebrated like this. Every street or colony there used to be a huge Ganesh idol, with various themes and layouts. Im still in awe when I think of those days and the splendor of the pooja.

Lord Ganesha, the elephant god - is the god of wisdom and prosperity and is always invoked at the start of any new event. Ganesh Chathurthi is celebrated more as a festival, than a pooja. It lasts for ten days, starting on a chathurthi and ending on the chathurdashi during the period of the waxing moon.
People bring a clay model of Lord Ganesha home. They place it on a wooden plank (Palagai) adorned with rangoli and decorate with flower garlands and by proving an umbrella. And the rituals of the pooja are performed. For the neivedhyam, people offer, idlys, kozhukattai's, sundal, appam, vadai, payasam, varieties of fruits and take the aarthi. Lord Ganesha prefers the Erukambu malai, Arugampul and kozhukattai's. So they are the most important things we buy or prepare for the pooja. The idol is worshipped for 10 days and on the 11th day, the Visarjan is performed. The idol is taken to a nearby water body and immersed there. Lots of families go together to immerse their Ganesha and shouting his names and asking him to return early next year.

Bon Appetit!!