Ganpati Bappa Moraya !!!
Come my favourite part of the year with all the fun , frolic and of course loads of work. Every nook of the street is bubbling with the festive flavour and irrespective of the age and social standing , it brings joy to all. The shopping , the loud music, the family reunions, the aroma of food especially sweets (aahhh yum yum), the clothes, the vibrance, the laughter, the decorations , the traditions,etc etc etc the list goes on…..
Unfortunately, I am neither a very traditional kind of a person nor do I have that much strength and knowledge to mark the festivity to the tee. Nevertheless, I try my level best to make sure that Bappa notices me too 🙂 after all, Lord Ganesh is the symbol of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. He is considered as “Vigana Harta” (one who removes obstacles) and “Buddhi Pradaayaka” (one who grants intelligence).
My grandmother was a very religious lady following all the customs and rituals to perfection. But one thing that imbibed in us from childhood was that God loves us all equally irrespective of the fact whether we show our faith and love to Him by being pompous or simply just being modest, humble or self effacing. I am sure, when Bappa descends on Earth to wash away our sins, worries, problems and ill fate, what He actually would be looking in return is pure devotion. A family with meagre means has the same spirit as the one in a high rise. The former is as much graced by Ganpati`s blessings as the affluent one. What actually soaks me in this 10 day of festivity is sheer pure devotion of the devotees who go out of their ways to please the beloved son of Gauri.
As this Ganesh Chaturthi, we pray to Him and seek his unconditional bleesings and love for us and our loved ones, let us also pray that in all the fervour, we do not loose the spirit of these divine days. Just as Gaura awaits for her beloved child to return to Her after the rituals ends, let us pray that no mother ever goes through the pain of separation from her kids ( not meaning the children taking their strides ahead in life in pursuit of careers, jobs, marriage and better lives) and every child blossoms under the tenderness of motherly affection. Let the festival not be a competition for kids and mothers as to who is the best amongst them in various fun events organised these days and please in the humdrum do not forget to give a thought to the environment.
Wishing all the readers a very very Happy Ganesh Chaturthi….Have loads of fun, share lovely pictures of bappa at home and definitely do not forget to share sweets (I do not know how to make them but I can surely help in eating them away :)))………….
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