Saturday, August 22, 2009

Ganesh Chaturthi in Mumbai

Pillaiyar Chathurthi festival is celebrated with installation of earthen images of Lord Ganesh in each household. Preparations for the festival devolve around fetching flowers duva grass Shoots and tips of leaves. Apart from individual worship, this is celebrated as a public festival also. Tilak in 1893 introduced public Ganesh festivals so that public attention was also created and drawn towards political consciousness. There are public discourses, pictures, elocution contests etc.

During this festival processions are also taken out and Lord Ganesh is worshiped in public places. This festival is celebrated in a very big way in Maharashtra and the public participation is the unique feature of the festival amongs the Hindus in this area.

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