Article by: Gayatri Vastrad
Today is the festival of Lord Ganesha (Ganesh Chaturthi). Ganesha Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi is observed in the month of Bhadrapada, as per the Hindu Calendar. It falls on the shukla chaturthi (fourth day of the waxing moon period) day and corresponds to the month of between 16th August to 15th September in the English Calendar. The festival lasts for 10 days, ending on Anant Chaturdashi (fourteenth day of the waxing moon period).
This is one of the most popular festivals in the Country. There are several reasons for this. Ganpati is after all a popular God. His blessings are invoked at most religious ceremonies as He is the one who can remove all obstacles to success. He is the giver of fortune and can help to avoid natural calamities.
Celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi in Bagalkote
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with great devotion all over India.
In Bagalkot People bring home murtis of Lord Ganesha and celebrate the festival by worshiping the Lord in a special way for a day and a half, 5 days, 7 days or 11 days depending on the family tradition and commitment of each individual. On the last day of worship the idol is taken out in a colorful and musical procession to be immersed traditionally at a river/wall.
The occasion becomes very lively and enthusiastic with the devotional songs, dances and drum beats being a part of the procession observed by the devotees of Lord Ganesha, as a part of the festivities. Ganesh Chaturthi is the only festival that involves and welcomes the participation of the general public.
Ganesh Chaturthi brings people of all religion, caste and creed together.
Ganesh Chaturthi is being celebrated very royally in many gully/areas (one) in Bagalkot, those are Jainpeth, Hosapeth, Halpeth, Killa, Venkatpeth, Hundekar Galli, Marwadi Galli, Navanagar and in many other areas.
During Ganesh Chaturthi, thousands of people visit the community pandals to celebrate the event.