The ultimate joy of being in India – celebrating festivals as they are meant to be. No substitutions. Today is the first day of the 10 day Ganeshotsav – festival of God of wisdom!
Maharashtrians celebrate Ganeshotsav enthusiastically. There are private ‘in home’ celebrations lasting anywhere from one and half days to ten days.Public celebrations of Ganesh festival were revived by freedom fighter Lokmanya Tilak in pre-Independence era in an effort to bring people together. Even today the tradition continues. I am so glad that Andhra Pradesh also celebrates Ganesh festival with such splendor just like Mumbai – bring back a lot of memories. Larger than life 20′ plus tall idols carried down by various mandals or organizations all over the city.Per Times of India, the largest idol in Hyderabad is 58 feet tall at Khairatabad (a suburb of Hyderabad) – check out this years idol in this Telugu Youtube video.
In anticipation, colorful Ganesh idols were up for sale for the last month or so everywhere – even in supermarkets. Tuesday evening was frantic with people hurrying to buy decorations, flowers, mango leaves and sweets to celebrate the festival at home.
We got a day off today to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi. And celebrating we have been at home and with rest of Jayabheri folks at our society’s Ganpati in the evening. Varun was super excited to have ‘bappa’ ( child speak for God ) visit us at home and see the ‘big Ganpati bappa’ in our complex.
Ganesh celebrations in our complex where we joined the rest in singing aartis and devouring variety of homemade prasad (offerings to God).
While we celebrate Ganesh festival for only one and half days at home, my parents celebrate it for five days along with Gauri puja. We are travelling to Mumbai this weekend so we get to celebrate Gauri- Ganpati this year with my parents after more than a decade.
More pictures from Mumbai trip to ensue. In the meantime, join me in saying – Ganpati Bappa Morya!