Nagpur: Lord Vinayaka, Ganesh ji or Ganpati ji is the darling of the masses. Ganesh Chaturthi brings people of all religion, caste and creed together.
While speaking to Nagpur Today, Pundit Rajendekar said that the Ganesh Chaturthi 2015 Puja Muhurut to bring the Vighnaharta (Idol) to the homes or pandals is during the Shubh Labh or Amrit Choghadiya.
As the city gears up for the Ganesh Staphna (installation of the Idol) on Ganesh Chaturthi day i.e. on September 17, 2015, work on the pandals, the lighting arrangements are being done at war-footing.
Nagpur Today spoke to some of the labours who were working on erecting the pandals. Surprisingly, they all seem be hailing from Bengal. One contractor said that they are adept at climbing on a single bamboo. They can create attractive pandals in very less time. The decoration of the pandal using colourful ribbons, cloth etc is unique and attracts attention. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with great devotion all over India, Nagpur is no different.
While speaking to Nagpur Today, a traditional Maharashtrian couple Manohar and Shashikala Panse who were purchasing a beautiful idol said that people bring home murtis (Idols) of Lord Ganesha and celebrate the festival by worshiping the Lord in a special way for a day and a half, 3 days, 5 days, 7 days or even 11 days depending on the family tradition and commitment of each individual.
– By Samuel Gunasekharan