Its almost an year that I started blogging and this happened to be my first post, last year on wordpress. It is believed that any new task\idea\thought has to go through the blessings of Sir Ganesh and I must say the blogging journey of one year has given me immense happiness, insights, refresh of memories and more importantly getting acquaint with like minded friends. Thank you, Ganesh Sir.
I respectfully invite you into my home for the sixth year to continue showering your blessings on us.
Last year same day
Here comes the month to invite the most respectable Man into our homes, who brings positive energy and happiness as he walks in. It’s his week to rule the homes, lanes, roads; shining with his presence placing himself in public pandals for group worship, across every corner of the country. He watches the world through his million eyes, fixed to his idol form, varying in shapes and sizes starting from the size of that of a ‘palm of a hand’ and scaling to as tall as a ‘coconut tree’. Each and every idol statue carved out, displays the uniqueness and the best of the creativity coming from the craftsmen. However, at times some do go overboard modernizing him like the one below.
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We decided to invite him for the fifth time this year (2017) and as I proceeded to the market in the morning to fetch him, the radio aired the message from the chief minister of the State to invite him in his eco-friendly avatar. The State is becoming quite serious about the form of the idols and is strictly saying a ‘NO’ on the usage of Plaster of Paris (POP) material and is encouraging the clay models instead. The authorities are also up against the use of the strong oil paint colors being used to beautify him. The country has started to realize that the water bodies and eco systems are fearing to turn toxic year by year, for undertaking the responsibility of bidding goodbye to our guest on completion of festival period.
Entering the market, I was greeted to a crowd of handful of sellers who had substantially reduced in number as compared to earlier years and were stacking a group of brown colored idols in majority. The woman seller enlightened me that the POP and the color idols were drastically cut down this year. They were infact being monitored and were charged with an extra levy for every POP or deeply painted idols thus making them premium. She continued with a constant effort to induce me in buying the colorless idol seeing my interest wandering away and finally bribed me into coloring some parts of the idol in gold. With no choice left, I finally killed my desire of a colorful form and befriended him to start his company for the next three days. After all, what matters is the divinity that blesses us, be it in any color, size, form or material. Further, it is also equally important that we bid farewell to him with utmost dignity which doesn’t mean respecting him only until Visarjan but also help him to completely dissolve from his present form rather than finding himself all alone in a half dissolved state at some corner of the water body. Well! he definitely deserves our continued respect beyond our homes too.
I realized and embraced the fact that it is high time to start respecting the environment too in parallel, so that we and the coming generations do enjoy this festival with the same spirit and enthusiasm.
During his stay he has ensured to fill our atmosphere completely with love and harmony – “cladding into new clothes, enjoying the delicacies of festivity, discovering the existence of neighbors, visiting close friends, relatives and more importantly taking a moment to thank the Lord for enabling the life sail across swiftly”.
Our previous encounters with the Guest in earlier years.
Thanks for being our esteemed Guest, all along and accepting our invite each year. You make us feel great with your presence…..