NEW DELHI, August 31, 2022 (TBINN)
Idols of Lord Ganesh, God of prosperity, wisdom and a slayer of obstacles, vighna-harta, are being installed in homes across the nation with pomp and gaiety.
Pandemic-induced restrictions, now lifted, had curtailed the celebration in the last two years, hence the public celebration of the festival at roadside Ganesh pandals is expected to be on a bigger scale this year.
The public celebration of the festival in Maharashtra dates back to the 1890s when the nationalist leader Bal Gangadhar Tilak and others decided to use it to mobilize the masses.
Ganesh mandals in Mumbai and other major cities of Maharashtra took large idols in processions accompanied by dhol-tasha beats to their pandals in the last few days.
In Mumbai police officials celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi with an idol of Lord Ganesha dressed as a police officer.
Household Ganpatis were brought mostly on Tuesday’s night or in the morning with chants of Ganpati Bappa Morya. Devotees thronged vegetable and flower markets, sweet shops and roadside stalls for buying flowers, puja materials, sweets and decorative items.