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God hears us even if we are not loud

The basic motto of Ganeshotsav is to bring people together and have a sense of equality. The present-day celebrations are not the same. HT asked its readers: Should Ganesh mandals be exempted from silence zone rules?

india Updated: Aug 09, 2009 01:33 IST

God hears us even if we are not loud

The basic motto of Ganeshotsav is to bring people together and have a sense of equality. The present-day celebrations are not the same.

Everyone feels proud to be loud, forgetting that we are celebrating it for Lord Ganesha — God of well-being, prosperity and peace. To top it all roads are temporarily blocked causing inconvenience. We hardly hear any aartis or bhajans. Everywhere the current Hindi or English songs are blared.

Do we really need this when we know the decibels around us are already high? Does God hear us better if we are loud?

Some areas are being categorised as silence zones and let them stay as silence zones. These are near hospitals, schools and other such places. Mandals should not be exempted from silence zone rules.

- Sanjeev Sharma

Want silence? Go to the Himalayas

Lord Ganesh should be welcome in every zone. It’s just a matter of a few days. I don’t understand why people object to festival celebrations. Have we forgotten our culture and become more western and therefore feel ashamed to celebrate our festivals?

The way we go on about the importance of silence seems hypocritical — we listen to loud music at home, attend parties, and basically enjoy ‘loud’ celebrations whenever we want.

Than how can we not welcome Ganesha?

Besides that, we also face loud noise in our daily life — from car honking to road digging. Then why the restrictions on celebrating an annual festival?

India is a country where festivals are celebrated with a different kind of fervour, and it should remain like that.
Those who love silence can go to the Himalayas and settle there.

- Pretty Mirchandani

God does answer silent prayers

Ganesh mandals should certainly not be exempted from silence zone rules. For a very simple reason: law is the same for one and all.

Exempting mandals from silence zone rules will give them a licence to play loud music at any time of the day and anywhere. This might affect those who are physically weak or the aged, patients in hospitals, or ill people in general. They might not get the kind of rest they need and their condition might worsen.

The noise might also end up disturbing students who might be preparing for some crucial exam.

As responsible citizens we must understand that their privacy is important and respect that. Do simple good deeds in life. No need for any song, dance or music to please God. Pray silently with a pure heart and your prayers will be answered.

- Tushar Subramaniam

Ganesha wouldn’t have approved of the noise

Our country is the noisiest of all, in many respects. Hear the motorists honking in the morning. They drive by their horns, with scant respect for those around. Come festivals, there is noise everywhere. Indians like to flaunt their religious feelings.

In weddings and other celebrations, crackers boom, snuffing out all hopes of a peaceful evening in the neighbourhood.
The authorities have to clamp down heavily on these kind of noisy shows.

Ganesh is a God of love, forbearance and peace. I don’t think he would have ever approved of these high-decibel celebrations on streets.

No one deserves any exemption in this matter. Time limits must be adhered to, and high decibels should be accounted for. Authorities have to come down heavily on noisemakers.

- Samuel Joseph

Quiet celebrations are the best

It would be good for us to celebrate the Ganesh festival quietly and it would be good if mandals do not indulge in noise pollution.

It is unreasonable for mandals to expect that everybody wants to hear loud music during the celebrations. In fact, a lot of the money that is spent on extravagant celebrations can also be used for setting solar energy equipment in order to meet our energy needs and other such purposes.

- Deendayal Lulla

Seniors, students are the worst affected

Ganesh mandals should not be exempted from silence zone rules. If we are given a little bit of extra freedom to do what we wish, we misuse it. There will be no control on the sound level of music played and music hours.

Senior citizens and students who are studying for their exams are those who often end up being severely disturbed.
People should not be restricted from enjoying the festival. I personally love listening to the devotional songs which are played during Ganesh Chaturthi.

However, some limitations such as control over the number of hours for which music can be played and decibel levels should be imposed. Devotional songs can be played in the morning from 6 am till 12 noon and in the evening from 6 pm until 10 pm.

Music can be restricted to a very low volume in the pandal the rest of the time.