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#1 Aug 29th, 2014, 11:30
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Ganapati Festival has started today.


It is a 10-day festival and it is celebrated primarily in Maharashtra, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, along with other places.

Lord Ganesha idols made of clay, plaster of Paris, metal, etc are installed in homes and community pandals.
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The Chaturthi (lit. 4th) (which is the 4th day of the lunar month) today denotes the first day of the festival, with the festival culminating ten days after on the 14th (full moon) day. Lovely picture!
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When do the colors come in.?
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Colors? That's usually on Holi. Or sometimes during Ganesha Visarjan (immersion) as well
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Chauti (Chaturti) celebrations.. First picture from the traditional celebrations at my village - we don't have the practice of bringing home a clay idol, instead it's a symbolic representation with sugarcane and flowers, and offering various goodies as 'naivedyam'.

The other two are from my neighbourhood, this is the 67th year they are conducting it.
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I love the symbolism. So much more elegant and powerful than a defined idol, IMO. Lovely pictures. Is that a garlanded coconut and is that your prasadam dinner on banana leaves?
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Excellent Piyu - beauty is in simplicity
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Originally Posted by ViShVa View Post I love the symbolism. So much more elegant and powerful than a defined idol, IMO. Lovely pictures. Is that a garlanded coconut and is that your prasadam dinner on banana leaves?

Yes, a coconut, some specific flowers and fragrant roots etc. are decorated. The arrangement remains the same every year, from as long as I can remember. And yes, a little bit of everything cooked is offered on five leaves during the pooja, a simple aarti that the eldest member of the family performs, and then these five leaves with the offerings are usually given to the kids around
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Graceful and heartfelt devotion. Thanks for the description.
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how long these arrangements will remain at home and what happens to the arrangements made on the plantain leaves in neighborhood (last image in Post #5)?
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Sometime around late August or September there is something in Maharashtra or at least Pune..
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That's arranged for the main aarti every night, and then it's distributed as prasadam
At home it's just for the day...
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Originally Posted by edwardseco View Post Sometime around late August or September there is something in Maharashtra or at least Pune..
It could be any particular thing being celebrated at a local temple. It's there in certain places here too in January, and sometimes following Shivratri too..
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@ Ed - It may be overzealous Ganesh bhakts throwing colour on the last immersion day, as they dance through the streets to the visarjan (immersion) venue. But as far as I know, it is not a custom to throw colours.

For newcomers to the festival, in Bombay at least, the majority of families who have a private Ganesh at home keep him for a day and half and immerse him on the fifth lunar day (tomorrow evening). So tonight, and all day long tomorrow, friends and neighbours go over to have Modak Laddoos (special sweets) and to give moral support to the family's aspirations. Even if you are not religious, if you are invited by a family to visit their home for a Ganesh aarti (homage), it is proper to do so to give them moral support, if you like them, of course. (Just like attending a wedding or birthday celebration at their invitation).

Tomorrow evening will be the immersions by such folk. A few have family traditions that dictate that immersions should happen on the 3rd/4th/5th etc. day. The 10th day immersions, (which are the HUGE ones where the traffic police have to block off roads and create one way systems) are usually reserved for the community (pandal) Ganesh immersions. That's the manic one which one usually sees in movies.

This is an excerpt from a Bombay home do from 2011:

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