The holy chants of “Ganpati Bappa Moraya” were booming all over the streets in the past few days. Long drawn celebrations and festivities are a part of the social and cultural fabric of India. Among the many religious and social customs that mark the diverse festive calendar of Indians, is a very important religious occasion – Ganesha Chaturthi celebration is about the birth of the Elephant-headed god, Ganesha. It is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Maharashtra, especially at my native place i.e. Konkan!
I would like to take you through my experience of Ganapati celebrations in Konkan. So here we go…
Almost every festival in Maharastrian calendar has been celebrated in Konkan with wide and extreme level. In that Dusshera, Holi, Gudipadwa and Ganapati festival are prime attractions of Konkan region. Each and every family heads towards Konkan during the festive season of September-October.
During this period, all the zealous Konkani devotees come together to deck the village for ten days. As a result of this, all railways, Government buses, private travelers are full and if you chose to travel via road, then get ready to experience the long hours of traffic jams. At the time of Ganapati festival, if you are able to book a Konkan Kanya train ticket, then you will be treated as a lucky lottery winner. I would rather say, if you are able to get any confirmed railway ticket, then you will feel like King… ;-p
In villages, each family invites lord Ganesha for 1 & half days, 5 days or 11 days as per the rituals. In these 11 days, we pamper Bappa with delicious food & modaks (Bappa’s fave dish ;)) It also constitutes of varied holy programs like Aartis & Bhajans to keep lord Ganesha happy.
There are more superstitions and believes in Konkan regarding festivals and lords so we fulfill all required beliefs during this. After five days some families bring Gauri to their home who is Ganpati’s mother some families bring Riddhi & Siddhi as Bappa’s brides.
The inception of Ganapati festival is marked by the onset of heavy downpour & full grown paddy fields. Just imagine sitting amidst the lush green paddy crops accompanied by cool breeze & having your grubs. Wonderful feeling, isn’t it?
After the festival is over we say god bye to bappa and send him to his next journey by immersing the idol in a water body.
Ganpati Bappa Morya Pudhachya Varshi Laukar Ya! (Come back soon next year)
We have been enjoying Ganesh Festival every year at my native place.. If you also want to enjoy these festive moments, then start planning about backpacking to the residence of god – Konkan 🙂
See you in our Beautiful & Evergreen Konkan with my Bappa next year….. 😉