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Ganesh Chaturthi & its significance in India

The magical scent of sandalwood and incense sticks fills up the air, and the yellow lights of the batches of diya’s in the aarti plates shine bright at the streets of Indore, Madhya Pradesh. The Ganesh temple there is known for the splendid celebratory atmosphere that is created at this time of the year.

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The happy faces of both men and women decorating the idol, the smell of traditional sweets hover around in the air, and the children happily dart around the streets. It’s that time of the year when people welcome Lord Ganesha into their homes to bless their family with love and hope.

The bright lights and the mouth-watering sweets that fill up the streets are to welcome Lord Ganesha who is said to be visiting earth with his mother goddess Parvathi Devi. The main essence of the festival is the warmth and amiability that the festival brings to the people, the unity and love individuals share among each other is a treasured quality the festival leaves behind in the hustling society.

A person who wants to take part in this festival should free his mind and soul of all the pessimistic views he or she has about their life. The end of Ganesh Chaturthi which is signified by the process of ending the 10-day celebration and taking the idol to the sea or other bodies of water and allowing God to head back to heaven.

Best cities to experience & celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi

In major cities like Pune and Mumbai, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated at its peak. The joy people share with each other and the spark of goodness that comes into the people make this traditional festival a must-attend one when in India. In the city of Mumbai, the festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm and grandeur.

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The whole city welcomes the elephant-headed god with fervor and all men women and children dance along with the music. There are various famous must-visit Pandals at Mumbai which celebrates the season with a lot of bright colours, music, good food and a lot of sways. Here is a list of Ganpati Pandals in Mumbai :

  • Lalbaugcha Raja
  • GSB Seva Ganesh Mandal
  • Dongri Cha Raja
  • Ganesh Galli Mumbaicha Raja
  • Andhericha Raja
  • Khetwadi Ganraj
  • Tulsiwadi Cha Maharaja
  • Fort Vibhag Sarvajanik Mandal

The new system of using eco-friendly Ganpati idols made of clay is the most acceptable and sustainable way. As our oceans have enough microplastic waste and other harmful wastes this year the whole of India has come together for a cause and used clay idols instead of the ones with plaster of Paris or plastic.

The Rituals associated with Ganesh Chaturthi

It is celebrated on the fourth day after the new moon in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada.
The main ritual is called the Pran Pratishtha Puja, during which a number of mantras are recited. The statue is anointed with red kumkum powder which is a sign of welcome in the Hindu tradition.

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The poojas and havans are done on various time periods and the internal and external purity of the house is kept maintained. Offerings of sweets, flowers, rice, coconut, jaggery, and coins are made to God. The use of flowers is a form of decoration and the sweets for Ganesh Chaturthi are two of the main elements of the Ganesh Chaturthi pooja setup.

The place where the idol is to be positioned must be chosen so as to ensure that people are able to view it during most of the time throughout the day. Some of the popular Ganesh puja Mantras sung by the devotees before the Ganesh visarjan are Ganesha Shubh Labh Mantra, Ganesha Gayatri Mantra, Vakratunda Ganesha Mantra among others.

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By Abhishek Saraswat

Abhishek (@himalayan_gypsy) is a travel photographer and blogger known as Himalayan Gypsy over the internet. Academically from an engineering background and born the Himalayan valley of Dehradun, he found himself in love with nature and ever since he has been on a journey to travel India and showcase the beauty of the country through his pictures, motivating and encouraging people on the go to feel the same and also take responsibilities to conserve our rich heritage, culture and environment. He is a Certified Digital Marketer and a Travel Influencer who is efficient to create visually appealing content for Travel Brands, Property Owners, Cafes and other Product Shoots. He also specializes in running Facebook & Instagram Ad Campaigns for Brand Awareness, Brand Promotion and Online Reputation Management.

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