Jamai Sasthi

Ganesha Chaturthi Kolkata

Ganesha Chaturthi, celebrates the birth of the god Ganesh, son of Shiva and Parvati, according to Hindu religion prevalent in India. In the weeks preceding the festival, which lasts for ten days, are produced and sold idols in the shape of an elephant, the appearance of which is identified with the god Ganesh.

Every year, despite appeals for restraint launched by the city, the mandals, the brotherhoods of Mumbai, compete with each other with giant Ganesh during the celebration of the birth of the elephant god. To celebrate the festival many pilgrims perform rituals diving in the Sangam, the confluence of the Yamuna River one of the most polluted in the world, however and the Ganges River. Since the rest of India are also coming in these days very scenic images of everyday life: children going to school by walking through the streets, groups of people looking for recyclable materials in landfills, bikes highly charged, rice fields, sunsets.

During the celebrations of Ganesh Chaturthi two weeks dedicated to the birth of the elephant god , beloved in India and especially in Mumbai, the mandals, the brotherhoods devoted to the preparation of traditional giant Ganesh procession, hear no reasons and the average height of the main Ganesh regularly reaches 9-10 meters. The reason that leads to gigantism is simple the larger the statue, the greater the number of faithful who come near to the Darshan, contemplation, thus also increasing the donations collected by the brotherhood. There are about 150 large Ganesh crossing each year to the last day of the celebration of the city in a procession to the sea, but about 10 thousand mandals devoted to him.

The problem arises when the difficult ritual immersion of Ganesh large, surrounded by immense crowds, in the waters of the sea and also the next day, when the derelict Ganesh are thrown by the waves on the beach and street workers should destroy them further to be able to remove an act that's sacrilegious, and a lamentable spectacle for the millions of devotees mumbaiti of Ganapati, as it is affectionately called Ganesh, the god also beloved for his ability to remove obstacles and proportion to the true wisdom, wealth and prosperity.

The idols are worshiped during a variable number of days, from one and a half to ten, and then are carried in procession through the streets up to a watercourse or the sea shore, where they are deposited. Keep them beyond the tenth day is considered a carrier made of highly negative influences.

Usually packed in plastic and then coated with stucco gaudy fabrics, adorned with tons of costume jewelry and painted with chemicals, once immersed in water cause these statues, however, each its own little ecological disaster. Sensitized by a specific campaign, lately the mandals have therefore organized the production of statues is chiefly aimed at eco-friendly materials.

There are few offices, businesses and homes in India where camping is not an image, thus making the deity Ganesh perhaps most familiar in the country.


  1. I have 3 Ganeshas in my office which I bought during my 4 week Rotary International trip to Bengaluru!


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