Nirvighnam Kuru Mey Deva
Sarva Kaarye shu Sarvada"
Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the much awaited festivals in India
especially for the Mumbaikars. The beautifully designed Ganesh Murthis,
the variety of delicacies are all something that we have to watch out
When it is a common festival in Mumbai, we have actors from our
television industry who have had this festival for the first time some
years ago and also actors who have grown up seeing the festival.
Let's listen to them about the memories they have related to Ganesh Chaturthi.
I knew that Ganesh Chaturthi is a big festival in Mumbai
even before I had come here but when I saw it for the first time I
knew how big a festival it is for the people here. I saw my neighbour
bringing the Ganesh murti home and I was so amazed at the sight of
the number of people who went to their house. It was such a beautiful
sight wherein their house was beautifully decorated, filled with their
loved ones. I had vowed that I would do it once I get settled, and after
two years I kept my first Ganapati at my home. Though we know about the
festival, we do not celebrate this festival with pomp and show in our
Something that disturbs me about the festival is that, after
the Visarjan the remains of the murthi flows with the water and come
under our legs. Hence we do our visarjan in a nearby lake. I am excited
about the festival this year.
We do bring Ganapati at home every
year, but the only reason that we keep it is because of my sister. She
really wanted us to start the tradition and we follow it even today. Now
she is married and is abroad where you cannot really celebrate the way
we do it here.
But we do the visarjan in a very silent manner where
we just go to the beach do the rituals and we make it a point to go
when the crowd has lessened. There is no shor sharaba
when we do the
visarjan. This year we are preparing for the festival and we are bringing
Ganapati at home.
Though I am basically
from Gujarat, it's been nine years now that I am in Mumbai. Earlier I
used to live in Borivli and I used to completely enjoy the festival
during those days. I remember in Gujarat, the three days of festival
used to be a great deal and all the three days there used to be small skits
in almost every places through which they introduce Ganapati. We used to
travel a lot to see the different Ganapatis and also the drama. Last
year I had gone to Lal Bagh Ganapati and one of the most unbelievable
thing happened to us. Ragini (Ragini Khanna) and I with my family had
gone to the temple and there was a huge rush because of which Ragini left early without seeing the idol. But I wanted the darshan very badly
and we stayed back after which we got a darshan and also two packets of
sweets. My mother gave one of the packet to a friend and we kept the
other packet. When we reached home and opened the packet, we were all
awed to see a Gold coin in it. We consider that as the biggest blessing
of all time.
This is my first Ganesh Chaturthi
after coming to Mumbai and I am really looking forward to it. I exactly
do not know what really happens in the festival other than the Visarjan.
Though I will be shooting on the day I am really excited to go to my
friend's place to take the blessing from Bappa. Though we do not
celebrate much in Delhi I have studied in school that we do pooja and
prayers during the festival.
My Ganesh Chaturthi days were
awesome till 2008 because after that I have never really celebrated it.
Those days we were so crazy that I used to go my friend's place in Kurla
to dance. Dancers from Pune were called to perform for the festival.
The visarjan used to happen in the night for which we used to dance
from Kurla to Juhu. Those were the great memories that I had during our
In my first year of
Chaturthi I remember going to my friend's place where I saw people
dancing on the road with the typical music. In north the festival is on
small scale. In my hometown, we used to get Ganpathiji for the township
where we used to bring big Idol. Also there used to be performances
where kids used to perform their dance. But here it is big where every
house welcome Ganpathiji and it is a generous and noble way of inviting
everyone to be a part of the celebration. I like the dance, music
and the celebration that the whole city witnesses is a part of; irrespective of
where they come from and what caste they belong to and what language
they speak. I also like the festive feeling that even the radio and
newspapers are filled with the Chaturthi news. What I get disturbed
about amidst the whole celebration is that we get so engrossed in the
celebration that we neglect the fact that it might be causing inconvenience
to others. The air, noise and water pollution that comes along with it
and also the day to day traffic gets affected.
TellyBuzz wish all its members and readers a very happy Ganesh Chaturthi..
Author: Saranya Valsarajan