Come August and Mumbai is all set and appropriately decked up to welcome Ganpati Bappa with full fervour…VARMA House hold is no exception to this and is all set to Welcome Bappa today like always!
Special mandap is being set-up for Bappa where traditional welcome would be given to Lord Ganesha, special aartis would be performed and my favourite part…Laddoo ka Bhog! Many friends and relatives visit Bappa and spend time for Puja Archana. It’s a special day in Varma Household where every body is welcomed with prasad and delicacies.
Mumbaikars celebrates this festival with great zeal and enthusiasm, every Mumbaikar keenly await for the festival, cleans their houses, buy new clothes, makes many delicacies, invites friends and relatives and celebrate. Mumbai becomes Bappamay during this period. Countless stalls are set – up and people make a point to visit these stalls until the time Bappa stays there. Mumbai is the most famous for its massive processions. Even the households in Mumbai celebrate the festival by installing an idol of Lord Ganesha and worshipping it for over ten days. The houses are cleaned and the idol is brought in with the family members chanting ‘Shloka’ or religious verses. The seven to ten days long festival ends with the ‘Ganesh Visarjan’ where the idols are immersed in the water; it is done as a procession with millions of people accompanying the idol along with a lot of music and dance.
It was Lokmanya Tilak who popularised the festival during the freedom movement and made it a community celebration. Colourfully decorated Idols of lord Ganesha are installed both at homes and in Sarvajanik Ganesh Pandals. The occasion becomes very lively and enthusiastic with the devotional songs, dances and drum beats being a part of the rituals observed by the devotees of Lord Ganesha, as part of the festivities. Pandals across Mumbai are known to thematically represent the current social issues that the city faces through tableaux, paintings and decorations.
The entire city of Mumbai celebrates Ganpati festival irrespective of caste creed and religion. This celebration brings out the splendour of street life, the spirit of sharing and giving and the strength of the city’s artistic traditions.
I am in complete celebration mode with beautiful Ganeshostav Collection from Triveni Sarees which are in vibrant colours and exclusive designs.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) have been appealing Mumbaikars to use eco-friendly Ganesh idols and artificial ponds for immersion to curb pollution. The pollution control board has also directed the mandals to remove flowers, clothes and decorating material before immersion. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has also increased the number of artificial ponds to increase the convenience of Bappa Bhakts.
We as Mumbaikars should make sure that the festivities are not marred by the scars it leaves in the form of pollution, thus GO GREEN this year and always.
Ganpati Bappa Morya in Mumbai!