My Friend Ganesha

Mumbai’s most awaited festival Ganesha Chaturthi is here. The Lord is welcomed in homes throughout the city in number of households. 

In 1893, Lokmanya Tilak transformed the annual domestic festival into a large, well-organized public event. Tilak recognized the wide appeal of the deity Ganesha as “the god for everybody”,and popularized Ganesh Chaturthi as a national festival in order “to bridge the gap between Brahmins and ‘non-Brahmins’ and find a context in which to build a new grassroots unity between them”, and generate nationalistic fervour among people in Maharashtra against the British colonial rule. Tilak was the first to install large public images of Ganesh in pavilions, and also established the practice of submerging in rivers, sea, or other pools of water all public images of the deity on the tenth day after Ganesh Chaturthi.

Under Tilak’s encouragement, the festival facilitated community participation and involvement in the form of intellectual discourses, poetry recitals, performances of plays, musical concerts, and folk dances. It served as a meeting ground for people of all castes and communities in times when, in order to exercise control over the population, the British discouraged social and political gatherings. -Wikipedia.

This post has three pictures of the Lord and people bringing Him to their homes.

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A devotee carries the Ganesha idol in his hands.

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The Lord with His face covered gets ferried on a handcart with the devotees keeping a watchful eye on Him throughout his journey.

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The Lord travels in a truck to a nearby “pandal”.

God bless,

Ciao.

Shrey.

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