Vakra-Tunndda Maha-Kaaya Surya-Kotti Samaprabha
Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryessu Sarvadaa
प्रणम्य शिरसा देवं गौरीपुत्रं विनायकम् ।
भक्तावासं स्मरेन्नित्यं आयुःकामार्थसिद्धये ॥
India is a potpourri of culture and religion. The colours, the fervour and the feeling of community demonstrate the often repeated dictum of “Unity in Diversity” of this great country. Lord Ganesh being the God of wisdom, prosperity has always bestowed his blessings upon his devotees. The students of IMNU welcomed Lord Ganesha with utmost zeal and fervor on 9th September on the auspicious day of Ganesh Chaturthi.
Ganapati Aala Re Aala….. resounded in the air of IMNU !! The day commenced with the idol of Lord Ganesha being installed at the boys hostel followed by the morning prayer and offerings to the deity. The serene atmosphere reverberated with the enchantment of “Ganpati Bappa Morya” by the students who were present at the pooja. As the sky painted itself peach, the sunset filled itself with the glory of God. The juniors as well as the seniors, payed their reverence to the deity at the evening aarti and this was followed by the distribution of sweets.
This festival generally last for 10 days with the immersion of the idol being done on the last day called the Anant Chaturdashi. The procession is a fun filled affair accompanied with dancing and singing wherein the clay idol is immersed in water with a hope that Lord Ganesha will take away all the misfortunes of his devotees. IMNU gave a colorful farewell to beloved Ganpati amid chants of ‘Ganapati Bappa Morya’ and beats of drums at the end of the 3rd day. The idol was finally immersed in the nearby lake with a hope that Lord Ganesha will come back next year bringing prosperity and happiness.
(Content Courtesy: Rimika Mittal)