Sunday, June 4, 2023

Ganesh Chaturthi and Vishwakarma Puja today, festive fervour grips city


Jamshedpur : The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, eagerly awaited by the denizens, will begin tomorrow. One could see idols of Ganesh decked up in colourful pandals.

Ganesh Chaturthi is a festival that is celebrated in almost each and every household of Jamshedpur with great devotion and faith.

Lord Ganesha, is believed to bestow good luck and remove the obstacles from the life of an individual. Ganesh Chaturthi Festival falls on the 4th day of Bhadrava Shukla-Paksh.

People were seen busy in the last minute preparations. Artisans are giving the final touch to the Ganesha idols, Pandals are being decorated with glittering lights, flowers etc.Lord Ganesha is considered to be the god of wisdom, prosperity and good luck.

The city gears up for the preparations of Ganesh Chaturthi. Markets were flooded with Ganesha idols, decorative materials and special sweets for the festival.

Traders, shopkeepers are doing brisk business on this season.

Meanwhile, Shree Bala Ganapati Vilas, the organisation which is organising Ganesh puja for more than 9 decades in success, has made elaborate arrangements for the utsav. Kadma Ganesh Puja which was started way back in 1919 and even 96 years on, attracts a huge crowd that throng the grounds for 17 days.

Though the idol is immersed after 10 days, the fair continues for another week. This year, the budget of the Puja is Rs 11 lakh.

Instead of modelling the pandal on well-known temples, this year the organisers have opted for an imaginary look. The pandal is rising 60-feet tall and will have a 50-feet girth.

The district police nonetheless, have made tight security arrangements for the smooth running of the two week long affair with security personnel being deployed in adequate number and policemen in plain clothes keeping an eye on the revelers.

Meanwhile, construction activity in and around the city will come to a standstill tomorrow as thousands of construction workers take the day off to celebrate the creative genius of Vishwakarma, who in Hindu mythology was an architect and engineer and built many flying machines.

Automobile workshops and factories around the city especially the Adityapur Industrial Area will also remain closed on Saturday to celebrate the day, which involves setting up altars at factory and construction sites to make offerings to Lord Vishwakarma and distribute blessed food, and concludes with dancing to loud music late into the evening. Vehicle owners also festoon their cars with balloons and colourful ribbons.

Preparations for the celebrations began last evening with construction and factory workers decorating their worksites and setting up altars.

The devotees in the industrial sector are excited about tomorrow�s celebrations.

�Vishwakarma puja is an inspiration for many to create new products and increase productivity for the working class and is a resolution time for workers and craftsmen to increase productivity and gain divine inspiration for creating novel products.

The workers at many places make resolutions to perform better from this auspicious day. This ritual usually takes place within the factory premises or shop floor, and the otherwise mundane workshops come alive with fiesta. The rituals are followed by the distribution of prasad,� noted N K Singh, an Adityapur based industrialist. �

According to the Hindu mythology, Vishwakarma, the seventh son of Brahma, the creator of the world, was gifted with a unique creativity.

In Buddhism, Vishwakarma is known as Lhai Zow Vishwakarma and there are several stories extolling his creative talents. People and organisations that make a living from handling of machines observe the day with deep reverence.

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