Ganpati Bappa Morya, Pudhcha Varshi Laukarya
Agajaanana Padmaarkam, Gajaananam Aharnisham,
Anekadantham Bhaktaanaam, Ekadantam Upaasmahey
Meaning: Lord Ganesha, the elephant faced is like sun to the lotus face of Mother Parvati. The single tusked Ganesha is the giver of boons. I salute the great lord to grant us a boon.
As much as Ganpati brings charm in ones house for 10 days of Ganesh Chaturthi, it’s equally disheartening bidding adios to the lord while watch him get immersed in the ocean.
Streets in the country are flocked with devotees including men, women and children singing, dancing and enjoying every moment by expressing their love and joy for the lord before they see him off until the following year.
During Ganesh Chaturthi, Ganesha bhakts not only expressed their bhakti in prayers and hyms but have also evolved Ganesha in innovative forms like a selfie-taking Ganesha idol, a Bahubali – inspired Ganesha with bulging biceps, fish friendly Ganesha (eco friendly) being some of them.
Moortikars (sculptors) put all their effort, heart and soul to enhance features of the deity making it as realistic as possible. Like wise a karigar (craftsman) while manufacturing jewelry follows a complete cycle to enhance and make sure every piece, from a sketch to a final product is crafted to perfection.
“Ganpati Bappa Morya, Pudhcha Varshi Laukar Ya Ganpati gela gavala, chain padhe nahi aamhala”
A popular chorus sung by the Maharashtrian’s meaning Ganpati has gone to his village and they are sad about him leaving. Although he has gone, he will return next year and will be welcomed with more love and joy. Ganesh idol made up of clay or plaster of paris is immersed into the ocean, which gets unformed into the water. It means that everything in this world would be unformed one day (Moksha or liberation). This process of getting formed and unformed is a continuous process and goes on forever (meaning Chakra). Every year Ganesha comes to make assure us about the Supreme Truth of life.
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