The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is being celebrated across the country with great devotion today. The day marks the birth of Lord Ganesha, who is a symbol of wisdom, prosperity, and good fortune. People place clay idols of Lord Ganesha in their home and worship them during the 10-day long festival. Ganesh Chaturthi is a major attraction in Maharashtra, where people celebrate it with great zeal.
President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu have greeted people on Ganesh Chaturthi. The President said, the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha is an expression of people’s enthusiasm, joy, and forbearance in taking every section of the society along on this occasion. He said, at present, we are facing the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The President hoped and prayed that Lord Ganesha bless everyone to overcome this pandemic at the earliest possible and we all live a happy and healthy life. At this festival, he called upon people to pledge to strengthen mutual harmony, fraternity, and unity among all citizens of the country.
“Ganpati Bappa Morya! Greetings on Ganesh Chaturthi. The festival is an expression of people’s enthusiasm, joy and forbearance in taking every section of the society along. May Vighnaharta help us all to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and bless us with a happy and healthy life,” The President Tweeted.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said Lord Ganesha is revered as an embodiment of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. He said, people, invoke Lord Ganesha and seek his blessings to remove obstacles in the path before they begin anything new.
The Vice President said, though huge processions and gatherings are the hallmark of Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations, this year, people must strive to tone down the celebrations in view of the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He urged fellow citizens to strictly adhere to COVID-19 physical distancing protocols and maintain good hygiene while celebrating the festival. The Vice President hoped that this Ganesh Chaturthi will bring peace, harmony, and prosperity in the country.
”Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to all,” The Vice President tweeted.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has greeted people at the auspicious festival of Ganesh Chaturthi. In a tweet, The Prime Minister hoped that the blessings of Bhagwan Shri Ganesh will always be upon people and there will be joy and prosperity all over.
”Greetings on the auspicious festival of Ganesh Chaturthi. May the blessings of Bhagwan Shri Ganesh always be upon us. May there be joy and prosperity all over,” The Prime minister tweeted.
In Maharashtra, the day marks the commencement of the 10-day Ganesh festival. The chants of ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya’, ‘Mangal Murti Morya’ are reverberating from various corners, streets, and alleys of Mumbai and adjoining areas. The aroma of laddoos and modaks specially prepared to offer to Lord Ganesha is making the festival more prepossessing.
Various restrictions are in place due to the COVID pandemic. The state government has appealed to public pandals to keep the festivities simple, besides, curtailing the height of the idols. The aesthetically pleasing decoration in households and pandals is making way for optimism and a feeling of divinity to take charge with the recitation of religious hymns in an otherwise somber environment due to the global pandemic.