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Visarjan at our home with Our Eco-friendly Ganesha – Ganesh Chaturthi – 2017

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Visarjan is one of the most important part of Vinayagar Chaturthi / Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. Visarjan means “Immersing the idol of Lord Ganesh in any water body, usually people use to immerse in lake, river, sea”. After the celebrations people carry Ganesha Idol along the streets by dancing towards the water body to immerse them.

But now as per the environmental security, most of us get Eco-friendly Ganesh idols. These Eco-friendly idols are made completely with clay and designed with beautiful color papers, kundan stones and Jhamkis.

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It was from last year I got eco-friendly Ganesha Idol and after our celebrations are over, we perform puja, and for Visarjan – since we have a small Ganesha idol (1 ½ feet), we used to immerse Ganesha idol in a bucket full of water, and wait for a day until it dissolves in water.

Once it’s done, I separate the colour papers, kundan stones, jhamkis from the water. Transfer only the water to other bucket, then spread out the clay over a big sheet. I mix these clay with the soil in a proportion of 1:5, later fill those in the empty flower pots and plant herbs, table roses or sow seeds. Also pour the collected water to other flower pots and plants at our home.

I believe my Ganesha stays with me and shower his blessings through out the year. Also Happy that my kids come to know what Ganesh Chaturthi is, how to celebrate it Eco-friendly. Let’s save our mother earth by teaching our kids (future generation) the term “ECO-FRIENDLY”.

 

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Vinayagar Chaturthi – 2017 / Ganesh Chathurthi – 2017 celebrations at our home

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It’s almost 7 yrs, we have been to Bangalore, usually in my parent’s parents place or in my in-laws place we celebrate Vinayagar Chaturthi by preparing few dishes, offer to Lord Ganesh at our home and visit temple for special pooja. But after coming to Bangalore, we found too many Ganesh idols, all over the streets few days before Vinayagar Chaturthi and when daughter wanted to get one of them and do pooja, sing bhajan, decorate Ganesh, offer food to Lord at least for 3 days. This resulted us in bringing Ganesh Idol and celebrating the way she wanted and later immersing it the nearby lake. So, this was happening for almost 6 years at our home. But with the small change from last two years, we have been immersing Ganesha in a bucket of water, later collecting the soil and planting herbs on it.

We here in our apartment also celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi, by decorating Ganesha, each and every one preparing a dish, which is served as an offering and later distributed to all of us. Later followed by some cultural program by our kids, bhajans, evening filled with fun, laughter and games.

 

Happy Maha Shivaratri

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” Wish you all a Happy Maha Shivaratri” from MADRAASI

Maha Shivaratri is celebrated once in a year in late winter and before the arrival of spring, marks Maha Shivaratri which means “the Great Night of Shiva”. It is observed by remembering shiva and chanting prayers, fasting, doing yoga and mediatating. The ardent devotees stay awake all night and visit Shiva temple.

In Tamil nadu, people gather in temple at the night of Maha Shivratri and do meditation or chant or write “Om Namashivaya” the whole night. Also in few places there would be music concert, stage dramas or dance depicting the life of Lord Shiva throughout the whole night.

Here are few recipes for Maha Shivatri – Thandai, Tapioca Pearls Kheer, Badam Halwa , Makhane Ki Kheer (Fox nuts kheer).