The Story of Ganesh going Public….

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You would  be thinking what is this, what could be story behind Ganesh Chaturthi or Ganapati since it is related to sentiments of Indian and their religious belief.

If you are thinking same, You are right but I want to tell you story when this religious sentiment was not a wave but it was only limited to house hold celebration.

This story took shape with my recent visit to Mumbai and evidencing the feast . It took me by wave by seeing so many people coming together to celebrate it without asking who are you or where are you from. It tinkled me and I decided to know more about it and put it on paper.

So here is summation of all what I got and understood. Hope you will like it and love to know about it.

History

Ganesh Chaturthi is said to have been celebrated since the days of Maratha rulers: Satavahana, Chalukya and Rashtrakuta. This festival was celebrated by Peshwas to worship Ganapati as their family deity as a private affair. Chhatrapati Shivaji brought this event to public to promote traditions and nationalism. Mainly celebrated in the states of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh with a lot of zeal and splendor, Ganesh Chaturthi is the most popular festival of Maharashtra.

Going  Public

The festivities remained a family affair until the festival was revitalized by Bal Gangadhar Tilak in the late 19th Century, to take the message of freedom struggle to all Indians.

So why Bal Gangadhar Tilak want to take it to public? Before that let me tell you about Ganesh Chaturthi in zest.

It all started when Bal Gangadhar Tilak realized the actual power of this festival and understood how this festival helps to bring different class of people together. It was time of British Rule and Britisher never allowed any kind of public gathering. So he decided to bring Ganesh Chathurthi at Public forum so that he can bring all class of people on same platform and make them understand the actual power of unity which can be used to galvanize the mass against British Rule. Festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi that continued for ten days gave people of every religion the scope to interact and know each other. It was a unique move by this freedom fighter, which he achieved with the Ganpati Visarjana or immersion procession which is taken out on the final day of the ganesh festival.

Early Reason Celebration

Ganesh Chaturthi is festival were Idol of lord Ganesh is kept in Pandal ( Temporary Shrine) which is then worshiped for ten days with different kind of herbal leaf which is then immersed  with Idol of lord Ganesh in water. it is believed that these herbs helps in keeping water clean and thus helps people to drink water from these water bodies.

Celebration

Ganesh Chaturthi preparations commence from almost a month before the festival. The celebrations last for around ten days (from Bhadrapad Shudh Chaturthi to Ananta Chaturdashi). First day clay idol of Lord Ganesha is installed in home decorated with flowers. Temples witness the visit of large number of devotees. Pooja is performed and bhajans are chanted. Often, families gather together to celebrate the festival. Localities organize and arrange for pandals and install large idols of Lord Ganesha to celebrate the festival with friends and family. Festivities goes on for next nine days. On the final day of the celebrations, the idol of Lord Ganesha is taken on the streets. People exhibit their enthusiasm and joy in the form of dancing and singing on the streets along with the idol. The idol is finally immersed in the river or sea. The day witnesses a large number of devotees expressing their happiness and offering their prayers.

Vision of Bal Gangadhar Tilak work he brought people from all class and group together but there are several other reasons. Ganpati is after all a popular god. His blessings are invoked at most religious ceremonies as he is the god who can remove all obstacles to success. He is the giver of fortune and can help to avoid natural calamities. He is also the god who brings prosperity.

So next time you want to visit Mumbai or Pune make your schedule around Ganesh Chaturthi so that you can see the beautiful color of festivity on the street of these city to enjoy and live the moment.

Happy Travelling….

 

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The Biggest Gathering of Mankind on Earth…

 

Today I want you take to a city were three rivers form Himalaya come meet together. These river are Ganga , Yamuna & Sarswati and the point at which they meet is called Sangam. The city  were these river meet is Allahabad.

Allahabad is one of the city where Kumbh Takes place. So before I tell you more about Kumbh I want to give you little insight about Allahabad an Ancient city which was also known as Prayag. Allahabad was name given to this city by Mughals which actually means Garden of Allah Which is now symbol of is biggest gathering of mankind on earth because of Kumbh Mela .

Kumbh is divided in three parts and  held at all four places every three years.

  • Ardha Kumbh Mela: Held at Haridwar and Prayag every 6 years.
  • Purna Kumbh Mela: Held only at Prayag every 12 years.
  • Maha Kumbh Mela: Held only at Prayag every 144 years. 

     

 

After 144 years this was time for Maha Kumbh and it took Place at Prayag in 2013. Today  I am going to talk  about it.

So last year I joined with millions of people who were going to Allahabad to take part in Kumbh Mela. I suppose this is largest gathering of human being in history of our planet which is kind of world record. 30 million people took bath in  Sangam of three river at Kumbh in one day at Mauni Amavasya .

So what you expect to see in Kumbh? Kumbh is place where you can see power of religious practice which made Shadu or Sant so focused that they can practice those act which can’t be imaged by normal human being.

I was quite lucky to meet few of them. Some of them have not sat down for 10 years while some of them can pull car from their genitals. All this are done to get enlighten and get close to god by living all materialistic joy.

These festival are so big that whole new city is built on bank of river of Ganga to support millions of people who are coming here.

The festival’s most important historical figures have been the naga akhadas, militant ascetic orders whose members formerly made their living as mercenary soldiers and traders. These akhadas still monopolize the holiest spots at each Kumbh’s most propitious moment, and although the government now enforces an established bathing order, history records bloody disputes between groups vying for precedence.

Aside from the akhadas, attendees at the Kumbh Mela come from all sections of Hindu religious life, ranging from sadhus (holy men), who remain naked year-round or practice the most severe physical discipline, to hermits, who leave their isolation only for these pilgrimages, and even to silk-clad teachers .

 

Kumbh is not only about seeing all these amazing things but it’s also a way to find your spirituality. Many comes here to find answers of the question what they have from their life. Some find the answer some don’t but many of them find new path of spirituality and try to uncover biggest mystery of all time “Life”  and find a pathfinder in form of teacher who can help them to get the answer of their complex question.

Many in past have visited this magical land too and many will follow to get the answer about their life, spirituality and other question. The quest will continue and at Kumbh many will find their answer.

 

Schedule For Up Coming Kumbh

The next Kumbha Mela will be held at Nashik (Maharashtra) from 14 July to 25 September 2015