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Ganesh Chaturthi in Ahmedabad

Ganesh Chaturthi Festival
Inspirations from Lord Ganeshjee:
  • Lord Ganesh's BIG HEAD inspires us to 'Think Big' & 'Profitably'.
  • Lord Ganesh's BIG EARS prompt us to listen patiently to new ideas & suggestion.
  • Lord Ganesh's NARROW EYES point to deep concentration needed to finish tasks in hand well and quickly.
  • Lord Ganesh's LONG NOSE tells us to poke around inquisitely to learn more.
  • Lord Ganesh's SMALL MOUTH reminds us to speak less and listen more.

His corpulent figure conveys prosperity as represented by the laddoos he is always shown with. In his hands, he holds a conch shell, a discus, a club, and a lotus. Ganesha rides on a mouse, signifying the unity of the small with the big. He is also the most widely worshipped deity. All ceremonies, religious or secular, begin with an invocation to Ganesha. His image is printed on cards sent out for any happy occasion. Usually before beginning any religious writing, he is invoked with words 'Aum Shri Ganeshaya Namaha', literally meaning "Ganesha, I pray to you". Most people, from student to shopkeeper, movie producer to nuclear scientist, begin work by invoking Ganesha, however briefly. The Puranas differ considerably in their account of Ganesha's origin.

Ganesha is worshiped for 10 days from Bhadrapada Shudha Chaturthi to the Ananta Chaturdashi, On the 11th day, the statue is taken through the streets in a procession accompanied with dancing, singing, and fanfare to be immersed in a river or the sea symbolizing a ritual see-off of the Lord in his journey towards his abode in Kailash while taking away with him the misfortunes of his devotees.

Ganesh Festival also provides a stage for budding artists to present their art to the public. In Ahmedabad not only Hindus but many other religions also participate in the celebration like Muslims, Jains, Christian and others.

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