GANPATI BAPPA Moriya was the call of the day. The streets of Indore remained crowded with devotees bringing Lord Ganesh idols of all shapes and sizes along with bands, drums and fanfare today.
Processions were taken out from main places like Rajwada, Maharani Road, Bengali Square, Annapurna temple, Vijaynagar and Marimata Square to celebrate the beginning of the ten-day festival. Youths and elders danced to tunes of drums and accompanied the processions to different temples and colonies.
The idols this year were larger and more decorative compared to last year. Also, the floral decoration and tableaux at places like Khajrana temple, Snehlataganj and Nandanagar are very lavish. The people reached the main market to buy idols from one-foot to ten feet for their homes.
The Nandanagar Gol School premises have been decorated with huge Mandap for the festival. A 21-feet tall idol of Lord Ganesh was installed here. The programmes here would have ‘Maha Aarti’ and ‘Prasad’ distribution for thousands of people. This festival is being arranged by ‘Prayas’ since the past 25 years in Nandanagar.
Another large idol (19-feet) has been installed at Snehlataganj by Sneh Navyuvak Mandal. Cultural programmes would be held here on all ten days.
Khajrana temple was decorated in green theme featuring Lord Ganesh amidst nature. Green deer and horses were shown in the tableau standing on a green sheet. Floral decoration in the background added to the beauty. The temple remained crowded with devotees throughout the day. Puja and hawans were held at homes and offices. All residential area and even small colonies echoed with songs in praise of Lord Ganesh.
The Ganesh Utsav in Secunderabad Colony is exemplary in all ways. Both Hindus and Muslims organise the festival here and participate in all the functions during the ten days. All the Ganesh Mandals have already begun preparations for their tableau that would be exhibited on the last day of the Utsav.
Apart from idols, ‘ladoo’, the favourite sweet of Ganpati was sold in large quantities at all sweet shops in Indore. The devotees offered ‘ladoo’ to the Lord and prayed for the well-being and prosperity of people.
Automobile showrooms were also open today on account of Ganesh Chaturthi. People thronged two-wheeler and four-wheeler showrooms like Harsh Hyundai, Dugar TVS and Honda Abhikaran etc to buy vehicles on this auspicious day. Large sales were witnessed in this sector.
The showrooms offered special discounts. Lucky draws and free gifts such as silver coins with image of Lord Ganesh were offered to attract the buyers. Indore police are maintaining strict vigil at all public places and to prevent any untoward incident in the City.