Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Pudhchya varshi lavkar ya ...

Having said Ganapati bappa has an appetite for enjoyment, the pinnacle of the merriment comes as the Visarjan (Immersion) ceremony. At least for kids.

I mean what could be more exciting than carrying Him in a procession to sea (with loads of music and dance), chant His aartis, and finally immerse the idol in the deep sea amidst the slogans of "Pudhchya varshi lavkar ya" (Come back soon next year). I don't know the significance of immersion. Maybe I need to ask some elder why do we do it. But it is undoubtedly enjoyable.

That reminds me of a joke. Once a marathi manus, a christian and a muslim are traveling in a boat. In middle of the river the boat topples and all three are drowning. Sensing their end near, they start praying. Christian calls for Jesus. Hearing the prayer and seeing His faithful worshipper in trouble, Jesus comes and saves. Muslim prays for Allah. He also rushes to the rescue. Now if you do not know, there are 330 million (I am becoming more and more Angrez these days. Somehow its not Crore, but its Million :D) gods in Hindu mythology. Isn't it bit difficult whom should you refer to when in trouble? But our marathi manus is ek-devi (if Shri Ram can be ek-baNi, why not?) and worships only Ganapati bappa. He prays and Bappa arrives. Observing His favorite disciple drowning, He starts ..... Singing and dancing! You got the rest.

I missed all the fun of ganesh chaturthi this year. Hope I can make it next year. Bappa, come back soon next year!

signing off,

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