TWA, Navi Mumbai 29th August 2012
The significance of Ganesh Chaturthi lies in the way people attach themselves with all their love and faith to the care and pampering of the all-embracing Lord Ganesha. Throughout the festival, people worship the ‘astavinayakas’ referred to the eight embodiments of Lord Ganesha that played the role of abolishing the evil powers of the demonic elements that existed in the world. The popular Mayureshwara was that divine incarnation of Lord Ganesha that put an end to the evil and harm inflicted by the demon called Sindhu by destroying him completely. This symbolizes the victory of the good over the evil. And also, there lies a message that Lord Ganesha always comes to abolish the villains in every period and every age, adding to the importance of Ganesh Chaturthi.
The significance of Ganesh Chaturthi can be felt in the wish of the people who lovingly bring the enchanting idols and perform all the required ceremonies and rituals in order to ensure the lively presence of the Lord Ganesha in the worshipped idol. The jubilation of the whole festival can be experienced while standing on the streets mainly of Maharashtra and other place located in the vicinity of sea area and beaches. There, the people gather and dance to the beats of while welcoming Ganpati to their homes and bid a farewell with the same kind of musical atmosphere.
The assembly of people takes the Lord Ganesha idols to the nearby water bodies in order to submerge the idols into the deep waters. It is believed the under the vast waters, there exists the home of Lord Ganesha, where he joins his family. And then to strengthen this belief Ganesha comes back again every year bringing the season of celebrations with the arrival of Ganesh Chaturthi. With this unflinching belief, there will always be happiness and blessings in the lives of the people during the entire, ameliorating the significance of Ganesh Chaturthi.