Ganesh Chaturthi, the fourth day of the Hindu month Bhadrapada is celebrated as the auspicious day when Ganesh was born. The festival is celebrated with great fervour and enthusiasm by Maharashtrians. Though this festival had largely been a private one, it was in 1894 Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak introduced a new way of celebrating it- as a collective community worship. He called it Sarvajanik Ganeshotsava. The ten day festival begins with installation of beautifully sculpted Ganesh idols in homes and mandaps, colourfully decorated depicting religious themes or current events. The elephant headed God with a trunk has long ears and bulging belly. The mount of Ganesh is a mouse and his favorite sweet is modak. His one hand is raised with a palm in protective gesture and other hand holds tools include a sword, an axe like parashu, or a trident. The installation period could be day and half or five days or till the last day of bright fourteen which is known as Anant Chaturdashi. Many cultural events are organized during these days and then the idol is immersed in the sea, river or lake. Emotions run high as shouts of Ganapati Bappa Morya, Pudhchya Varshi Lavakar Ya (Beloved Lord Ganesh, come soon next year.) resound all around.
Maharashtra Mitra Mandal, Dwarka, a cultural organization of Maharashtrians of Dwarka will be celebrating Ganesh Utsav with full pomp and enthusiasm at True Friends Appartments, Sector-6. This will be the second year of Ganesh Utsav celeberations in the sub-city. Dwarka now has a significant population of Maharashtrians scattered all across various sectors of Dwarka. This year, Ganesh Utsav will be celebrated from 15th September -23rd September. The main highlights of this year’s programmes include painting exhibition of Uday Kulkarni, a well known artist of Dwarka, Blood donation camp and cultural programme by children. The mahaprsaad and visarjan will be on 23rd. For further details contact- 28041197, 25082234, 9891337994, 9810511958, 9810177044, 9810223554.
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