Times may have changed but the joy of celebrating our beloved Lord Ganesha remains the same! As we all get ready to welcome him into our homes, here are a few things you can do to make the occasion even more memorable! Read on and Happy Ganesh Chaturthi.
Our favorite Ganpati Bappa is all ready to be welcomed to our homes. Ganeshji, the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune is here to bless us and take off all the obstacles as the name The Vigna Hartha. This year has been and is really tough but never to lose hope is what we are always told. The Sukha Kartha, the doer of good is sure to bestow on us with goodness and peace this Ganesh Chaturthi.
Ganesha is considered to be the darling God for all, the one whom we long to see every year in various forms. Devotees of Lord Ganesha invoke him before the beginning of any new venture or project or any auspicious occasion to ward off hurdles that they may come on the way. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated every year with great zeal and enthusiasm. On the day of Ganesh Chaturthi, people bring home murtis (Idols) of Lord Ganesha and celebrate the festival by worshiping the Lord in their special way for a day and a half, 3 days, 5 days, 7 days or 11 days depending on their culture and tradition.
It has been quite tiring period for the past few months for all of us, be it physically or emotionally. The more you are at home, the more work you end up doing. Also, whatever precaution one takes while stepping out, the fear factor is always there deep within. Keeping all these in mind, this year my plans for Ganesh Chaturthi is to use minimal resources from outside. Just a day more to go for the much awaited day, let me share a few simple things you can do with less time and resources. Let’s welcome our favorite Bappa to our homes as every year with much joy and fervor.
Eco Friendly Ganesha
The good thing of this lockdown was I could spend the maximum time with my lil one Reyansh. So we thought of making an eco-friendly Ganesha at home. The joy of the festival lies in celebrating it with friends and loved ones. Reyansh and his closest buddy Ritesh got their little hands busy in making beautiful Ganesha using homemade clay. The fun, the smiles, the story telling and the happiness this activity brought is inexplicable. For making this clay we used maida, a good amount of salt (add more as it acts as the preservative), cooking oil and little water to knead it. The clay is ready to take its shape. You may also color the same to make it look brighter.
Don’t fret because you couldn’t get the right decor this time to adorn Ganeshji. Let’s make it simple yet elegant. A lovely backdrop does the magic, twirl some fairy lights on a cardboard or on any structure you want. Cover it with a neat cloth, could be a good dupattta or a shawl but make sure it’s very fine for the lights to be visible. This would give a very soothing look. You can also use a hoola hoop of your little one for making the backdrop, adding some lights and flowers on it. For the base you can give a very natural earthy look by adding lots of grass to place your eco-friendly Ganeshji. Place a few indoor plants and some fairy lights nearby to give a very cosy set up for our cute Bappa promising him to take of our mother nature. That can be our theme this time.
Each morning a cup of Panchamrut is offered to lord Vinayaka. Panchamrut is an offering that is vital for most Indian rituals. It consists of milk, yogurt, ghee, honey and sugar- ingredients that denote prosperity and purity. Ganesha is known for his love for modaks and we have wide varieties of modaks that can be easily made. In addition to our traditional modaks, I tried my hands on oreo biscuit modak for a change and I must say it came out absolutely perfect. In addition to the customary modaks, Lord Ganesha’s festival is celebrated with a host of dishes. Puranpoli, Sheera, kheer and laddoos are a few in my list. I am waiting to feed my Ganpati Bappa.
Clay and water is mixed to give form to the formlessness. Our Ganesha stays with us a for few days but later after the celebration, time comes where it has to become formless again. This act teaches us the concept of moksha or liberation, in Hinduism. As we come close to the Visarjan ,with a heavy heart and moist eyes we immerse our Ganeshji in water. This conveys the message of detachment, our Ganeshji departs leaving behind blessings and a promise to come back next year. With the limitations we have this year, let’s immerse our Ganeshji in a clean new pot or a bucket of water and use the same mud for growing plants.
With a few story tellings of Ganesha, some Ganesha movies for movie nights and all of Ganesha’s songs in my playlist, our preparations are on full swing to welcome our Ganeshji. Wishing one and all a very safe and Happy Ganesh Chathurthi. Let’s together pray to Ganesha in our homes to remove the obstacles and make this place a better one to stay without fear. Ganpati Bappa Morya !!