Written By - Sanskruti Adurkar ( X, Abhinav Vidyalay)
Edited By - Niyati Chande (IX B Abhinav Vidyalay)
Indian festivals are full of joy, enjoyment, happiness, and prosperity. Ganesh Chaturthi is one of those festivals. Ganesh Chaturthi is a Hindu festival that was initially celebrated mostly in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, but now is celebrated worldwide. All over the world people celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi with love and faith. It is a 10 days festival that comes every year in August or September. This year it is from 10th September to 20th September. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated to mark the birth of elephant-headed god, Lord Ganesha, who is the youngest son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
The birth story of Lord Ganesha
There is a very interesting story of Lord Ganesha being born and having an elephant head. Once goddess Parvati went for a bath in absence of Lord Shiva. Since there was no one to guard her, she created a little boy out of her body dirt and gave him life, and ordered him to guard outside until she got ready. Meanwhile, Lord Shiva came but was denied entry by the little boy. Lord Shiva got furious and cut off the boy's head with his Trishul. As soon as goddess Parvati saw that her son was dead she ordered Lord Shiva to bring him back to life.
Lord Shiva ordered Nandi to bring the head of whichever first animal he sees in the forest. At that time Nandi brought the head of an elephant And then Lord Shiva gave a new life to that little boy who is called Ganesha. With a new life and a new head, Lord Ganesha got the power of knowledge, wisdom, prosperity, and wealth. That's the reason why Hindus worship Lord Ganesha before starting a new life or any good thing. Many fewer people know that Lord Ganesha has a total of 108 names.
Mumbai's Ganesh Utsav
People who live in Mumbai know how big the deal is when Ganesh Chaturthi is near. Dhol Tasha, Rangoli, Aarti, Pooja, Kirtan, and a lot of beliefs. During the fight for independence, great leader Lokmanya Tilak started to celebrate Sarvajanik Ganesh Utsav. The main reason behind starting this was to gather people together and form unity amongst them. At that time very few people from the Sarvajanik Pandal were there, but now if you look around every lane, every colony has its own Pandal. Mumbai's Ganesh Utsav is just a grand time full of joy, enjoyment, and belief.
Mumbai's Ganesh Utsav is not just a celebration, it's a grand event. There is something different in all the Pandals. It can be the Ganesha idol, decoration, programs, aagman sohala, visarjan sohala, and more.
Mumbai's Ganesh Utsav is so famous for its big idols of Lord Ganesha there are uncountable examples whether it can be ‘Chinchpokli cha Chintamani’ or ‘Lalbagh cha Raja’ and many more.
The crowd you see during this time is huge and cannot be under control.
Ganesh Utsav during covid
Due to covid-19, all happiness and enjoyment at festivals have just vanished. Because of the covid-19 safety measures, the government kept many restrictions on the festivals especially on Ganesh Utsav to stop gathering. The government didn't allow for the big idols; the limit was just 4 feet. No rally, no program. The government technically restricted all the fun and of the real meaning of the festival. And this year to 2021 all rules follow the same. I hope next year we will be able to bring the real festival back.
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