As Ganesh Chaturthi is approaching, sounds of celebrations and festivities is clearly reaching our ears. Enthused in the celebrations of birth of Lord Ganesha, people all around are conducting events and praying day and night. Similar set of events are being conducted at Moti Doongri Temple. The events started on August 30th ending on September 6th.
It began with the Panchamrit Abhishek of Ganesh Ji followed by various events such as Modak Jhanki, Dhrupad Gaayan. Today there will be Kathak performances by Kathak Kala Kendra. The following days- Mehendi Jhaanki, Janmotsav – all these series of events will take place ending with Jhaankiyan till Garh Ganesh.
Here are a few pictures from the event from last night:
Also known as the god of beginnings, an aarti being done before him prior to the event.
The performer tying ghungroos before her Kathak performance.
Monochromatic dancers performing to the rhythm of dholak and sitar.
Synchronising the steps and dedicating their performance to the Lord.
The musicians and singers dedicating their music to the almighty.
The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi begins from today. And Rajasthan is famous for two Lord Ganesha Temples that celebrate the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi with fervor. One is the Moti Dungri Ganesh Temple and the other is Ganeshji temple in Sawai Madhopur.
In the middle of Jaipur there rises a small hill Moti Dungri meaning ‘Pearl hill’, since it looks like a drop of pearl on the top of a hill. The Moti Dungri hill is occupied by a palace and a temple. Moti Dungri temple of Jaipur is significant for worshipping Lord Ganesha, where many people from far away come to this sacred temple. Here the festival is celebrated on a grand scale.
If you are lucky to be in Jaipur for the following week, then don’t miss to attend the Ganesh Chaturthi festival at Moti Dungri temple.
In Sawai Madhopur, the festival is rather more special. The ancient temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha is located in the fort of Ranthambore, about 12kms from Sawai Madhopur and it is one of the most important Ganesha temples in Rajasthan. The temple celebrates three days of Ganeshotsav with great fervor where thousands of pilgrims come to pay homage to the idol. On the final day of Ganesh Chaturthi the replica of idol is taken out and finally submerged into the water pond nearby. This year’s dates for Ganeshotsav at Sawai Madhopur are 15, 16 and 17th September.
Special trains are also run by Indian Railways for the convenience of pilgrims of Ranthambhore Ganesha Temple.
This year, Ganesh Chaturthi falls on 17th September. If you are enthusiastic about visiting the sacred temple of Ganesha in Jaipur and Ranthambhore, then plan your trip now!
Ganesh Chaturthi marks the beginning of festival season in India followed by Navratri, Dussehara, Diwali etc. Every year Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha all over the country. In Sawai Madhopur, the festival is rather more special. The ancient temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha is located in the fort of Ranthambore, about 12kms from Sawai Madhopur and it is one of the most important Ganesha temples in Rajasthan.
Ganesha Temple in Ranthambhore
The visitors on this occasion get to see a cocktail of events and activities at the temple to celebrate the festival with fervor. Ganesh Chaturthi magnetizes millions of devotees to Ranthambhore every year. The idol is tinted in Orange color which is a highly sacred color, particularly in Hindu religion. Gorgeous and heavy golden ornaments as well as several wreath of marigold are utilized to festoon the Ganesha idol. A number of small but beautiful shops in the nearby market draw the attention of visitors and tourists.
Some pilgrims keep fast for three to four days in Ganesh Chaturthi to have complete control on their physical senses and to get indulged in the remembrance of Lord Ganesha only. Finally the Ganesh idols are headed for immersion with an over-enthusiastic crowd of devout dancing through the procession, which indicates the end of ceremony.
This year, Ganesh Chaturthi falls on August 29, 2014. If you are enthusiastic about visiting the sacred temple of Ganesha in Ranthambhore, then plan your trip now!