Festive season on

Today is Ganesh Chaturthi which marks the beginning of the Ganesh festival. On this auspicious day, Lord Ganesha was born. The Ganesh festival is celebrated for 10 to 12 days.

On this day, a of lot memories from my childhood get afresh in my mind. I was amongst the toppers in my class from the sixth standard. I was in the sixth standard when I got the first rank in the class for the first time. From then on, I had always been one of the rank-holders in the class. My performance in academics made my mother very proud of me. On the day of the results, she would collect my report card from my class teacher. She would then visit the Dagdusheth Ganpati temple, situated on the Lakshmi Road in Pune, filled with content and happiness. The Ganesha murty in the temple is more than a 100 years old.It is believed that whatever you ask for in front of the Lord in this temple is fulfilled. My mom would place my report card in front of the Lord, thank Him for His blessings and pray that I should continue to perform well in my academics.

Today, I  would like to express my thankfulness to my mother. She has always been very supportive. A smile on her face after seeing my results would be enough to motivate me and perform better. I owe a lot to her for what I am.

Every year, we awaited the Ganesh festival as it brought immense happiness and excitement. It is, undoubtedly, the best of the festivals, as Lord Ganesha is the sweetest God. Every year, on this day, we brought the Lord’s idol. The Lord’s idol was placed in the centre of the hall and the surrounding place was decorated. A special sweet was prepared and kept in front of the idol. When all the preparations were done, the aarti of the Lord was performed. We all sung the aarti songs happily.

The Lord’s idol was kept in the house for about 10 to 12 days. On the last day, the idol was immersed in holy water. We would happily bade goodbye and pray to the Lord to give us a lot of strength and happiness until His next visit 🙂

Today, my husband and I plan to celebrate the festival by expressing our gratitude to the Lord Ganesha in a simple and nice way. I am looking forward to it 🙂

I wish you all a very happy Ganesh Chaturthi. May the Lord shower his blessings on you and your family and may He bring peace, wisdom and prosperity in your life.

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