Grand 32nd year of Shree Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations
“Om Shree Ganeshaya Namah”— The prayer to Lord Ganesha begins thus.
“Ganaanam Twam Ganapathi Gam Hawaamahe
Kavim Kaveenam Upamasra Vastamam
Jyeshta Raajam Brahmanaaam Brahmanaspatha
Aanashrunvanna Oothibhi Seedha Saadanam”
It translates as, “we invite you, Lord Ganesha, the wisest among the wise, the Lord of the Vedic mantras, who is listening to our prayers. Please visit our home and bestow prosperity and be seated here”.
Lord Ganesha, the elephant faced God, son of Shiva and Parvati, is the repository of all wisdom and the most endearing deity in the Hindu pantheon. He is the personification of all that is auspicious and a prayer to Him precedes all worship.
32 Glorious Years of Tradition:
The year 2016 marks the thirty-second year of celebrations of Shree Ganesha Festival by the Tulu community in Oman.
How it all began….
Thirty-two years ago, on Shree Ganesh Chaturthi Day, the founders and members of Tulu Koota, Muscat celebrated the first Ganesh Chauthi festival in a classroom of Indian School, Muscat.
The Journey continues………….
The very next year they moved to the Indian Cultural Association Hall (Darsiat) and thereafter, in mid-1990, the venue of celebrations was shifted to Lord Shiva Temple, Muscat. Since then, the tradition continues in the temple.
The three-day long Chauthi festival began on Monda, September 5, 2016 at the Lord Shiva Temple, Muscat . Shree Ganesh Festival Committee organized the entire festival upholding traditions and the spirit of fervor and piety amidst all festivities.
Fresh Floral Decoration:
Floral arrangements from the entrance of the hall to the Mandap, depicted a total traditional feel and one would not miss the celebrations back home. Banana stems, mango leaves, sugarcane stems, tender coconuts, bunches of fresh dates, welcomed the devotees. Beautiful varieties of flowers like shevanthige, mallige, marigold, roses, hibiscus, were flown in from Bangalore and Mangalore. The idol of Lord Ganesha was aesthetically decorated with fresh flowers and flower garlands of beautiful hues and arranged in a beautiful pattern. The cornices and the ceiling were beautifully decorated with perfectly matched color combinations of flowers. A team of enthusiastic volunteers contributed to the beautiful arrangements, enhancing the traditional feel.
The glittering golden crown on Lord Ganesha and the silver umbrella were a part of the sparkling supplements.
A beautiful Rangoli depicting Lord Ganesha, replete with all the symbolic representation and ornate jewellery and a fresh floral border was created by Smt. Paru Negandhi and Smt Bijal Ved.
Traditions kept alive…….
The rituals starting from Prathisthapana was initialized by the Main Archaka, Shri Shankar Narayana Adiga and assisted by Guru Pejathaya and a team of archakas, amidst the chanting of Mantras and shlokas. This was followed by Panchamritha Abhisheka and Gana Homa..
Om Shree Ganesha Vrinda Group chanted the Ganapathi Sahasranama, A large number of devotees participated in the Shatakai Seva and Laddoo Seva and sought the blessings of the Lord. Ranga Puja and Pushparchana, a shower of fresh flower petals, were offered to Lord Ganesha.
Devotional Music Strains:
Om Shree Ganesha Vrinda Group comprising of Koni Prakash Naik, Karunakar Rao, Ashok Kotian, Anchan CK, Raju Sanil, Vijay Salian, Nisha Rao, Prema Umesh Bantwal, Pushpa Kotian, Vanishree Shetty, Divya Kartik, and Jaya Ramesh presented beautiful and popular bhajans., namely –
Vandipe Ninage Gananatha, Needo Shiva, Needadira Shiva, Jay Jay Ganapathi Bhaktan Hitkare, Jay Ganesh Jay Ganesh Deva, Sharanu SiddhiVinayaka, Tujh Magato Mee Aatha, Har Ek Dilme, Ganapa O ganapa, Prathama Tula Vandito, Kripalo, Gowri Priya Nandana, Gajanana Shri Ganaraya, Vande Ganapathi Vighna Vinashan, Pavamana Jagada Prana, Brahma Murari Surarchita, Bhagyada Lakshmi Baramma, Sharanuvayyo Gana Nayaka, Jaya Mangalam Nitya Shubha Mangalam.
The hall reverberated with Vedic Chants by Shri Vaidyanathan Group and Shri A V Manohar. Musical offerings by various groups, namely R Meenakshi and group, Sai Devotees, Hare Krishna Group, Mata Amritanandamayi Bhajan Group, Divine Spark, Gopa Kuteera, Disciples of Chitra Ravi, Chinmaya Bala Vihar Group, Thyagaraja Samithi, Maithri Vrinda, Oneness Group, Art of Living group, GSB Group, Shri Kanthibhai Group, Kerala GSB group, Mrs. Swarnalatha Hebbar, disciples of Smt Veena Srinivas, Smt. Jayashree and disciples, Smt Jyothi Balaji, Smt. Sumana Shashidhar, and Smt. Veena Srinivas, Mrs, Reshmi Bala, Mrs. Jayanthi Ravi, Mrs. Nalini Kannan and disciples, Smt. Jayashree, Smt. Mangala Sundara Rajan and disciples resonated in the air. Smt. Premila Ramesh and her disciples and the disciples of Smt. Padmini Krishnamurthi presented a devotional dance.
Om Shree Ganesha Bala Vrinda group of children from the Mangalorean community, presented beautiful Bhajans melodiously.
Thousands of devotees thronged the Shiva Temple hall on all the three days and sought the blessings of Lord Ganesha. Amidst the repeated chorus chanting of Ganapati Bappa Morya, the ritual of immersion was performed.
Prasada was served on all the three days after the Maha Puja. Traditional Mangalorean Cuisine was served on plaintain leaves on the last day.
The ceremonial couple for the 32 nd year of Ganesh Chaturthi celebration was Shri Ramesh Shettigar and Smt Jayalakshmi Shettigar.
Shri and Smt. Kanaksey Gokaldas Khimjiand family, Shri. Anil Khimji, Shri and Smt. Kiran Asher, Shri and Smt. Ashwin Nensey and family, Shri and Smt. Bharat Asher, Shri and Smt. Raju Ved, Shri and Smt. Bakul Mehta, Mr. Ajay Hamlai from the merchant community, partook in the Puja. Dr Sathish Nambiar, President, Indian Social Club and Mrs Mangal Nambiar also participated in the Puja.
Shree Ganesh Festival Committee comprises of the Convenor – Ramesh Shettigar,; Ramanand Kunder, S K Poojary, Koni Prakash Naik, Karunakar Rao Kadri, Ashok Kotian, Umesh Bantwal, Shashidhar Shetty, Nagesh Shetty Kinnigoli, Ravi Kanchan, Mangaldas Kamath, Gurudas Pejathaya, Shreenivas Shriyan, Dr C K Anchan and Kashinath Anchan. The Committee members along with the very dedicated and enthusiastic group of volunteers contributed to the impeccable proceedings on all the three days with immense devotion.
Report: Jaya Ramesh, Team Mangalorean