Ganesha- the elephant deity riding a mouse, is widely worshiped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune and traditionally invoked at the start of a new venture. The second term of the new year @ IMNU was started off on an auspicious note by celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi on 19th of September.
The day started off early with the installation of the Ganesha idol and pooja at the boys hostel. A number of students were present to seek the Lords blessings and start their day with renewed enthusiasm. The evening arti saw high participation from students of the senior as well as the junior batch. As the divine words reverberated in the damp evening air, everyone was lost in their feverish pitch until it reached a cresendo with chants of ‘Ganapati bappa Moraya! Pudhchya Varshi lavkar ya!‘ filling the air. Kids associated with the Saral foundation also took part in the arti and payed homage to Lord Ganesha.
Traditionally Ganesha is worshiped for 10 days, ending on Anant Chaturdashi or Ganesh Visarjan. During visarjan, the Ganesha idol 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. At IMNU, Ganesh Visarjan was carried out after 3 days. A large number of students thronged the campus to say a final goodbye to their favorite Lord and wholeheartedly joined in the visarjan procession. The air was crimson with gulaal and huge cries of ‘Ganapati Bappa Morya’ to the beats of drums and dholaks as the Vignaharta (demolisher of all obstacles) was immersed in the lake.
(Content Courtesy: Madhura Kane, Photo Courtesy: Pratikriti)