The chanting sound of “Ganpati Bappa Morya!!” is now echoing in every lane of Indian cities and will continue for next 10 days. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in India with full joy and anticipation. This auspicious day is the birthday of Lord Ganesha, lord of divinity, wisdom and prosperity. Beautifully created Ganesha’s idols are being placed in homes of Hindus for 10 days. Huge idols are placed in temporary pandaals.
For ten days, Ganesha is worshipped. On the 11th day the statues are taken from the street in a convoy accompanied with dance and music to be immersed in rivers or lakes symbolizing see off to Lord Ganesha in the journey towards domicile taking away with him all misfortune of mankind. All people participate in this procession chanting “Ganpati bappa morya, purcha varshi laukeriya” (O lord Ganesha, come soon next year). Offering of coconuts, flowers and camphor is made to conclude and finally people carry the idol to river or lake and immerse it.
Though this festival started from Maharashtra, the land of Maratha warrior Shivaji Maharaj, but it is also equally celebrated in major parts of India and why not, after all Lord Ganesha is a everyone’s Lord.
Udaipur, the City of Lakes, will also witness the grand celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi, the most famous 550 years old Bohra Ganesh Temple at Udaipur is packed with devotees. The temple is open from today midnight till 4 am tomorrow morning. Expectedly there will be 2-2.5 lakh disciples visiting the temple today.