I did a post on Ganesh Chathurti a couple of years back (link). Today is Ganesh Chathurti. As I told you in the earlier post, we live in the outskirts of Chennai and the Ganesh temple here still celebrates Chathurti like it is celebrated in villages and small towns. The utsav moorthy (the small Ganesh Vigraha which is a small replica of the original deity) is kept in the decorated temple car (rath) and taken like a procession through the nearby streets. The car stops in front of the houses, who wish it to stop there and we do archana to the god on the road itself. Normally, the procession starts at 7 pm and ends by 10 pm. We draw fresh rangoli in front of the house in the evening and wait outside when the car enters our street. Our temple people decorate the car beautifully and artistically, every year. Now, to the pictures of the car:
Gajaananam Bhoota, Ganaadhi Sevitam,
Kapiththa Jumbhoo Phala Saara Bhakshitam,
Umaa Sutam Shokha Vinaasha Kaaranam,
Namaami Vighneshwara Paada Pankajam!
This is the beautiful teak wood rath (temple car), before the flower decoration! I took this picture today evening.
We are waiting for Ganesha's visit in front of our house along with the cows! These cows sleep in front of our house every night and leave in the morning! If my husband comes home late, he has to shoo off these animals first for the car to enter the house! It is fun to watch!
More cows joined us for the Lord's darshan! You can see the rath in the distance!
This is the beautifully decorated Ganesha in the rath!
Hope you enjoyed having the darshan of Lord Ganesha! After posting the picture of the cows, I thought I will add one interesting video of our intelligent Indian Cow (thank you, Partha Sir, for the video!) Here, it is! Enjoy!
Reposting this again today (9.9.13) I miss these things. We have left the old house now where this temple car was coming to our door. We are in a flat, two stories above. This is one of the things I miss most.