A couple of days ago, the autumnal festive season was kicked off in India with the worship of Lord Ganesha, a revered god in Hinduism. He is worshiped specially sometime in the end of Aug-early September which is believed to be his birthday. He is known to be the child of Shiva and Parvati the subtle male & female energy that exists in the universe.
Like many other Vedic Deities who are modeled on elements of nature, birds and animals, he is as compassionate as the elephant whom he closely resembles. If a devotee is able to connect to his energy, he is the guardian angel, who is most adept at demolishing all obstacles that may arise in the course of life. All worships or rituals in Hinduism are initiated only after offering prayers to him and obtaining his blessings. Each part of his body has a deeper meaning, a spiritual significance which unveils why he plays an important role in the life of a devotee.
He is everywhere, from homes to to roadside make shift pandals smiling gracefully through the eyes of every idol. The birthday boy is appeased with lots of goodies before being immersed with tears in nearby rivers, lakes or sea.
Read the wonderful account of fellow blogger who has described the festival in great detail right from food, decor, idol to immersion.
2016 Ganesh Festival – 5th September
2017 Ganesh Festival – 25th August