Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi...

गणेश चतुर्थीच्या शुभेच्छा...  




Today (on the fourth day of the Hindu month of Bhadarapad), in Mumbai and all over the state of Maharashtra, hundreds of thousands of families will bring a small (or big) Ganesh idol like this into their home...





They will set him up in a beautiful altar decorated with fruits and flowers, sweets, lights and incesnse...




For the next few days (either 1 1/2, 3, 5, 7 or 10 days- depending on the family) Lord Ganesh will enjoy the hospitality of his hosts. They will sing daily morning and evening prayers in his honor... Cook special food for him... And invite family and friends over to receive his blessings...






Soon it will be time for Lord Ganesh to return home. He will be brought to the sea shore or the river bank, offered a final prayer of farewell and then immersed in the water for his journey homeward. On the day of immersion, the sky and the air of Mumbai will be filled with the chants of Ganapati Bappa Moraya.. Pudhachya varshi lavkar ya...(Ganesha, come back again soon next year!) 

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