Happy Birthday Ganesha!

Today is the beginning of the Ganesh Chaturthi the ten day festival celebrating the birth of the elephant-headed lord of wisdom, intelligence, education, prudence, luck and fortune, gates, doors, doorways, household and writing. He is the remover of obstacles.

Lord Ganesha Vighnaharta

The Indian press is abuzz:

“As this mega-city ushered in this year’s Ganpati festival on Wednesday, not just Hindus but also Muslims, Christians, Parsis and other religious groups were preparing to join in the 10-day revelry. With thousands of small and big idols of Ganesha, the elephant-headed god, being installed in almost every nook and corner of the city, various communities joined hands to participate and make the event a success.”New India Press

“Celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi in Bangalore and Mumbai have totally different shades: Mumbai has more Ganeshas in pandals set up on the streets than in Bangalore while the latter, generally, makes the celebration more a family affair.”Times of India

“This son of the gods, Shiva and Gauri (an avatar of Parvati), is a favourite with mankind, which is why his festival, Ganesh Charurthi, is celebrated with great joy all over India. This intelligent God is known for his weakness for sweets and, as his devotees welcome him to their homes, they cater to his sweet tooth. Here are some recipes that the twinke-eyed God is said to be especially fond of…”rediff.com

“Unconventional Ganeshas in every nook and corner, bright lights and lots of colour, and a surging mass of humanity lapping it all up ? Ganesh Chaturthi in Hubli is a sight to watch indeed”Spectrum

“For years, Ganesh Chaturthi was a personal or private affair, celebrated within homes. But at the turn of the century, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, a fighter for freedom from British rule, converted it into a public event, using it as a platform for political propaganda and unity. Unlike other deities where any changes shown in its image could be considered sacrilegious, the Ganesha can be depicted in any way-dancing, standing on top of the world or lying down.”webindia123

“Legend has it that Ganesha was beheaded by his furious father who repented his mistake and replaced his head with that of an elephant?s. Call it an extension of the same curse, but despite Lord Ganesha?s dynamism cinema has failed to wholeheartedly celebrate him on screen. It?s time, perhaps, for our script writers to give this some serious thought.”The Indian Express

Hope the rest of your week is free from all obstacles!

Jason Pitzl-Waters