Friday, September 14, 2007

Ganesha Chathurthi

It is that time of the year when Ganesha Chathurthi is celebrated in full fervor in Bangalore. This time the Gowri festival (previous day of Ganesha festival) was pretty much washed out due to the rains. I am not sure if I have experienced such rains in Bangalore before. Resembled India's west coast!! A constant downpour with dark skies for the entire day.

The fun part of the week was to take the kids around to see the sights of the colorful 'Ganesha's in the temporarily setup stores, and all the flowers that were available in plenty for the festival.

The way we celebrate is to get the clay from a potter and make a small Ganesha at home; it is a fun family activity that brings a lot of joy to the kids.
My husband making the Ganesh idol
Along with the flowers, Ganesha is also worshiped with a lot of leaves. I went around with my daughter picking the select leaves. She was very happy to be doing all this, the only thing that ups my interest level in the whole affair. And when we did the pooja to the little Ganesha idol with flowers, leaves, traditional sweets and savories, ringing of the bell, the kids wearing their traditional colorful clothes etc, it was a day filled with happiness and joy. My kids are young and are thrilled to bits seeing such activities around them; the big plus for me to be doing any of this.

The atmosphere was festive in the neighborhood with the ladies hurrying around in their silk sarees, and the kids going around in groups to see the many 'Ganesha's. This is my first time celebrating the festival with hub and kids in India. And well, it was fun.
Happy Chathurthi from our home to yours!

PS: The bummer of course is that I am sick now and so is my son. It is the rains/weather change and the viral fever doing its rounds.

24 comments:

Pradeep said...

Hope you get better. Take care!

SS said...

How lovely! Lord Ganesha is my fave deity and the one I feel closest to ..
Hope you guys get well soon , take care :)

Latha said...

Seems like you had a good ganesh chathurthi Chitra! Lovely idea - making the ganesha u're self with your family! And u're pooja room looks so traditional and lovely. Luckily since it was over the weekend this time we had a good celebration. Also went to the local temple for a huge celebration. And i told my kids the story of how we used to try to see 101 ganesha's on this day when i was younger, the huge shamiana they sued to put up on our street with the big huge ganesha and the loud speaker that used to play music all day long! My kids loved that story! Cant wait to come back and celebrate the real thing and experience it!
Hope u guys get better soon!
Hugs
Latha

Timepass said...

Very nice pic of ur puja area and very nicely done up too.

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mumbaigirl said...

Your Ganesh looks lovely and eco friendly!Hope you are feeling better.

Ravishankar Hirisave said...

Happy Ganesha chaturthi!! and wishing a speedy recovery.
I miss Ganesha festival. Its my fav festival. Love the festive atmosphere all around the city.

Usha said...

wow you made the Ganesha at home and such a beautiful one too!

Get well soon.

desh said...

we had ganapati at our home too...)
its always fun, but if u make one its even better

anyway its damn rainy this yr, and i have been sneezing and running around with a running nose for th past one month too :)

get well soon

missed the burrp meet, was supposed to b thr, but missed it...meenkashi mentioned abt ur blog to me th other day

Smitha said...

Its Golu time already - why is there no new post ???????

Flickr'd huh ?

BTW your flickr pics are just awesome....cant comment there coz i do not have a memebership yet, lazy to sign up :-)

Keep everything going. Be fair to the blog please . WRITE :-)

Chitra said...

Thanks for all your kind words and comments.

desh, welcome to my blog.

Smitha, I will. I promise! :)

Chitra said...

Pablo, check your email.

Anonymous said...

how could you think that an idol like this have spirit and believe and worship that as god?

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country Flora@bangalore said...

it is very nice picture of flower,looking super!

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