Ganpati Bappa Moriya!

Ghalin lotangan vandin charan || Dolyani pahin rup tujhe || Preme alingan anande pujin || Bhave ovaleen mhane nama || 1 ||  I will bow and lie at your Feet To see your true form with my own eyes I will embrace hug you with all the love I have and worship you with pure joy To worship…

Sukhkarta Dukharata

  Sukhkarta Dukhharta Varta Vighnachi || Oh Lord who provides Joy, takes away Sorrows, the destroyer of obstacles Nurvi Purvi Prem Krupa Jayachi || The lord who bestows love everywhere as blessings Sarvangi Sundar Uti Shendurachi || The lord who is smeared with lovely yellow-orange fragrance paste all over his body. Kanti Jhalke Mal Mukataphalaanchi..||…

The Merry Crowd

Pune is considered as the cultural capital of Maharashta. To see the city in its full festive glory you need to be there on the morning of Ananth Chathurdashi, or the tenth day of Ganesh Visarjan. With chants of ‘Ganapathi Bappa Moriya’, you will be greeted with the energetic beats of local bands called Dhol…

Tell Me What You Desire!

Last year, I had the luck to enjoy Ganesh Charthuthi at Pune. Around the famed Dagadu Shet pandal you’d find several other interesting Ganesh idols, and this fixture was a part of one of them. (May be my fellow blogger ThoughtsUnrestricted can remind me which one). One fascinating part of this particular pandal is the…

Blow Away Your Worries

Before you get ideas, I am not implying that you head out for a smoke. Personally I can never figure out what drives people to tobacco in any form. I am talking about bubbles made with straw and soap water, that used to be a highlight in most of our beach trips as kids. I…

Insanity Redefined

Whenever there is a major festival celebrated among masses, you will find enough support from political parties. Being the second largest democracy in the world basically means that we have enough political parties to pick and choose from, and none of them emerge as clear favorites. But hordes of crowds means free publicity and a…

And The King Goes Back Home…

After 10 days of festivities on Anantha Chaturdashi the King, or Lord Ganesha undertakes his journey back home, through the sea, as devotees take part  in the immersion festivities with a lot of pomp and fanfare. While we thank god for his kindness, generosity and his blessing, and urge him to come back soon the following year….

And So He Was Born…

Lord Ganesha is the son of Goddess Parvati and lord Shiva, although Parvati didn’t conceive him in her womb. Legend goes that Shiva was out on his penance when Parvati had to go for a bath. With no one to guard the door, she decided to create a boy from sandal paste off her own body. She breathed life into the boy and instructed him that no one should enter inside till she was […]

Let The Festivities Begin!

Today starts the celebration of the 10 day festivities of Ganesh Chaturthi which is celebrated with pomp and zest all across the state of Maharashta in India. Back in Tamil Nadu, it it is a single day affair, with preparation of Modak (a steamed sweet dumpling made with rice flour skin with coconut and jaggery filling). The festival was first started as a…