New Delhi: On the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, President Droupadi Murmu, PM Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar extended heartfelt greetings.
President Murmu prayed for peace and prosperity in the lives of the citizens. “Hearty greetings to all the countrymen on Ganesh Chaturthi. Mangalmurti Lord Ganesha is a symbol of knowledge, accomplishment and good fortune. I wish that with the blessings of Shri Ganesh, there should be a spread of happiness, peace and prosperity in everyone’s life,” the President tweeted.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and extended greetings. The PM shared a shloka in Sanskrit while extending wishes. “Best wishes on Ganesh Chaturthi. May the blessings of Lord Shri Ganesh always remain upon us.”
Union Home Minister Amit Shah also extended greetings on occasion.” Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to all the countrymen. Ganpati Bappa Morya!” he tweeted.
Jagdeep Dhankhar also greeted people on the occasion. “I convey my warm greetings and good wishes to all on the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, Celebrated with traditional fervour and gaiety, Ganesh Chaturthi marks the birthday of Lord Ganesh, the god of wisdom and prosperity. Much revered in India’s cultural tradition, Shri Ganesh Ji is invoked at the beginning of every auspicious endeavour by the devout”, Dhankhar said.
“The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, representing India’s composite culture, transcends the boundaries of caste, creed, religion or region. On this occasion, I pray for the good health, happiness and prosperity of all my countrymen,” he further added.
Ganesh Chaturthi festival is celebrated every year with great fervour in India with thousands of devotees thronging temples and ‘Ganeshotsav pandals’ to offer their prayers. Ganesh Chaturthi, which began today and 2022 marks the return of its celebration after 2 years of COVID-induced restrictions.
Also known as Ganeshotsav, this auspicious ten-day starts with Chaturthi Tithi and ends on Anantha Chaturdashi. Devotees of Lord Ganesh, the god of wisdom and good fortune, mark his birth during the Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapada month.
People bring Lord Ganesh idols to their homes, observe fasts, prepare mouth-watering delicacies, pray to the Lord and observe rituals during this festival. With 2022 bringing back the Ganesh Chaturthi festivities and only 2 days left for the occasion, preparations are in full swing across the nation.
Earlier today, morning ‘Aarti’ was performed at Shri Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. Eco-friendly idols of Lord Ganesh have been prepared for the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi in Chhattisgarh’s Raipur.
Speaking to ANI, Ravi Yadav, an idol artisan said, “This time demand for idols is good. We have made five different types of idols which include pasta, matchsticks and incense sticks idols.”
(With Inputs from ANI)