Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayak Chaturthi takes place on the fourth day of the holy month of Bhadrapad. It is one of the most eagerly-awaited festivals of Maharashtra and its origin dates to the beginning of the Nineteenth Century. Balgangadhar Tilak started it to unify the nation and also to help generate a feeling of patriotism in the masses.
The dusty streets of Mumbai will transform themselves into amazing temples and palaces, theme parks and heritage sites. The state will immerse itself in prayers and festivities. Ganapathy pandals will open their door for ten days of prayers and celebrations.
Varied Themes for Tabloids
The theme of different tabloids varies from sympathy for the drought stricken farmer of Latur to stories from the Mahabharata and Ramayana. Chinchpokli Cha Chintamani has created the Universe aka the flick “P.K.” while the Mastani Mahal from ‘Bajirao Mastani” has been set up in Lal Maidan.
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Labaug’s Raja alias Ganapathy is housed in a replica of Badrinath Temple.
Khetwadi houses giant statues of the Elephant God ranging from 20 to 25 feet. The most interesting is the Tandavroopi Ganesh with its ten arms and bloodshot eyes.
For the first time, the Sidhivinayak Temple has housed a paper pulp Ganesh idol to show its concern for the planet ecology. Some cultural programs will be organized by the cultural temple wing which will showcase burning social and political issues.
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One of the themes is Siachin Glacier where the brave soldiers of the Indian army sustain inhospitable conditions to safeguard the frontiers. More than 100 volunteers toiled endlessly for days to create a replica of the glacier which is also said to be the highest battlefield of the world.
The spokesman for the pandal says that they also plan to collect 10 Lakh Rupees donation for the war widows. He adds that the country is safe because the fingers of the warriors of the Indian army are on the triggers of their guns.
Here are a few Ganesh Chaturthi wishes and greetings:
- May the blessings of Lord Ganesh be always upon you! Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!
- May the divine blessings of Lord Ganesh bring you eternal bliss! Protect you from evil and fulfill your wishes today and always. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!
- Wishing that Lord Ganesha fills your home with prosperity and fortune. Best Wishes on Ganesh Chaturthi.
- Lord Ganesha brings peace, happiness and prosperity to you and your family. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!
- May Shree Ganesh bless you and fulfill all your dreams. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!
- Good luck, good fortune, wealth, and prosperity… May you be blessed with all these and more on Ganesh Chaturthi! Om Sri Ganeshaya Namaha!
- May you find all the delights of life! May all your dreams come true! Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!
- Wishing you a blessed and Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!
- Happy Ganesh Chaturthi. May the Lord Vighna Vinayaka removes all obstacles and showers you with bounties…
- Sending my prayers and warm wishes to you and your family on Ganesh Chaturthi!
- May Lord Ganesh removes all your obstacles and makes your way or success smooth. Ganesh Chaturthi!
- May God Ganesh bless you with power of wisdom! Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!