Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to all !!
Ganesh Chaturthi, the great Ganesha festival, also known as 'Vinayak Chaturthi' or 'Vinayaka Chavithi' is celebrated by Hindus around the world as the birthday of Lord Ganesha.
It was Ganesh Chaturthi yesterday and we kept Ganesha's idol in our apartment. We started doing this in the year 2009. We are continuing this ritual and this is the 4th year. Ours is a small apartment when compared to others, with 21 flats. As we don't have enough space downstairs apart from car parkings, we install it in one of our car parking's (which is ours). All the residents (tenants too) assemble together for the pooja in the evening.
We make prasadas for the offering to god. Usually i make modaka's which is Ganesha's favourite. I have posted two methods for making Modakas.
Click here to view them: http://nimmyskitchen.blogspot.in/2012/09/modak-kozhukatta-one-method.html
After pooja, we all spend time together sharing our thoughts and share prasadams too. Kids too have a good time. They play around and relish the prasadams. This is like a get together for us. The pooja continues till the day of immersion.
On the day of immersion, again we all gather together for the pooja and the idol is taken to be immersed in a lake nearby. Most of us accompany the idol in this final procession shouting "Ganapathi Bappa Morya, Purchya Varshi Laukariya" (O father Ganesha, come again early next year).
Lunch is provided on that day for all the residents. All relish the dishes, have a long chat and go to their home for the busy day ahead.
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