Time for the post I have been planning to publish since a week. The visit of the Elephant God, the Vighnaharta, none other than the adored lord Ganesh at our home! It was the first time we bought him home and the his stay was beyond enriching!
The expertly sculpted idols, the festive air, emotions soaring high, energized chants, colorful decorations, aromatic incense sticks, the sweetest modaks, joy in the hearts, preparations on days end, never ending visits, grin on the faces……and still much more defines the Ganesh Utsav in India. The festival is celebrated in full zest irrespective of the cast or race people belong. The Elephant God is a favourite amongst all age groups equally. Some bring him home as a kid and others as the ultimate destroyer of evils.
We invited the Vighnaharta (remover of obstacles) at our home this year. And then it began. THE Preparations.
Step 1: Selecting the idol. You look around till you find one who seems to be smiling at you and saying, “take me home, I am yours” And you surely feel the tug in your heart when you find “the one” 🙂
Step 2: Decorating you home. Believe me, I never racked my brains so much when decorating my home even during my wedding. The ideal position for Bappa to sit comfortably and decorating the area around him took ages to think and execute. But when it was done, satisfaction dawned and it looked pretty awesome. After all, you are bringing a prince and he should feel all ‘royal’ and ‘at home’ 🙂
Step 3: Preparing yummy sweets and dishes. Frankly, this department was looked after by Mom in Law, since the world knows how great I am at kitchen chores *grin* The sweets turned out pretty awesome and Bappa was happy.
Step 4: Invitations. Letting the world know and inviting them for bowing down to the Lord! Experiencing elation when people turn out in hoardes and love the idol and the décor!
Step 5: Time for him to leave. The Visarjan. The last and the toughest part. Leaves you with a heavy heart. And suddenly you feel so much done, so much awaited, so much still is left to do, HE just had come and is leaving already! Sob. Bading a good bye was never so difficult! 😦
By the time, one and a half days were done, it seemed like an entire lifetime. We got so busy in the preparations and taking care of HIM that we were oblivious to the world outside. Our discussions started and ended about him. The whole extended family gathered for dinners and aartis and when people were no longer present the next day, the house seemed suddenly dull and vacant. HE came, Bought a lot of cheer along and left with pleasant memories lasting a lifetime.
Truly, a supreme power. Ganpati Bappa Morya!!