Ganesh Chaturti

Posted by Chetan Bharadwaj | Posted in Festival/Events | Posted on 31-08-2011

Lord GaneshaGanesh Chaturti (or Ganapati), is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha who is popularly known for his wisdom, power and auspiciousness in Hinduism.  On such an occasion, big idols of the elephant-faced Hindu God is decorated and worshiped. The festival is celebrated all over the country, but more enthusiastically amongst the Marathi Indians. They celebrate the festival continuously for 10 days making it the biggest, most opulent & a highly popular festival of the state Maharashtra. The festival ends on Ananta Chaturdasi Day when people in a huge procession carry the idols of Lord Ganesha and immerse it into the nearest water source invoking for his blessings.

This year’s Ganesh Chaturti date is September 1, 2011 (Yes, the Ganeshotsav celebration has already commenced and people are out of their home since early morning to pick up Ganapati idols :) ).

Having discussed so much about Ganesh Chaturti and the celebration that accompanies the festival,  I had wish to draw your attention to a fact that a large section of the society is unaware or conveniently forget to think about — the pollution and environmental damage that plaster of paris idols and chemical paints cause due to immersing of the same into the water body. Before anyone opposes me on this idea, I’d another mention to make. Widespread campaigns for eco-friendly Ganeshotsav is already on and some large Ganesha Pandal Committees have gone an extra mile (besides just pondering on the themes) to make this year’s celebration a memorable one with a demand of more Eco-friendly idols and statues. WE appreciate the organizers of the Ganesh Chaturti 2011. Great effort and appreciated by all humans throughout for giving a special thought for ‘OUR Environment’ which is another issue of concern for the coming generation (will be discussing about it in details in the coming posts :) ).

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