Saturday, September 15, 2007

Blessings big and small--happy ganesh chathurti

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Today is Vinayak chaturthi—an important Hindu festival. To put it simply, it means it is the birthday of Lord Ganesh.
In the state where I stay, it is celebrated on a very grand scale. There are beautiful idols everywhere. The whole city reverberates with beats of the drum. People dance in front of elaborately decorated ‘pandals’.There is no equivalent of a pandal in English language—One has to see it to understand what it is. At best, it can be described as decorated raised wooden structure, on which Ganesha is housed, in all his splendour –majestic and towering with offerings of incense, flowers and fruits surrounding him like a sea.There are pandals in every nook and cranny in my city right now.The mood is festive. Today, I read in the newspapers that even in Paris, Ganesh festival was celebrated.
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On a slightly different note---when it rains it pours!

So many people are being really kind to me—and I’m feeling happy about it. One should always be thankful for kindness and blessings—big and small.

First it was Akanksha who nominated my blog for schmooze award.This was sometime in August.

Then Rayne from Crunchy bits nominated my blog for Outstanding blog of the week. Apart from her blog she has a fabulous story site “So many stories

She said something really nice about me—click here and scroll down to week of August 27th, if you want to see what she said.

Then Marja of ‘Dutchcorner’ nominated my blog for ‘totally fabulous’ award.

And today I had a nice surprise when Gillian of ‘Indigo blue’ mentioned my blog for Blog day award. Blog day happens just once a year—and I feel honoured that Gillian mentioned me.

Mentioning all these awards was long overdue—but somehow I kept putting it off, as I had so much to share. I still do—but I guess those will be in posts to come.






Today I bow my head to Ganesh ,the remover of all obstacles.(i loved the symbolism explained in this picture.Click to enlarge.If it does not enlarge click here ) I wish you a happy Ganesh chaturti—even if you do not celebrate it, may all the obstacles in your path be removed.

Surely—that is something nobody can deny wanting!

22 comments:

  1. ganpati baba moriya..ghee na laadu choriya...1 2 3 4..ganpati no jay jay kaar.. :P

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  2. That was a really very nice pic.:-)
    Happy ganesh Chaturthi to you too.I've all heard about the fabulous pandals from bhaiya...maybe next year,i'll be able to c them myself:-)
    Congrats for all the awards!!!! Keep writing coz we all love ur posts.!

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  3. Wacko: :-)Ganpati bappa morya!

    Akanksha:You are really kind!Thanks for the encouraging words.Yep--Sure hope U
    'll be in Pune with Bhaiya next year.

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  4. I don't know much about hinduism,
    but Happy Ganesh Chaturti

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  5. Happy Ganesh Chaturi. sounds like a great thing to celebrate to me. I'm all for less obstacles.

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  6. Happy GC to you as well.

    BTW you're blogrolled.

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  7. Happy Ganesh, Preeti :)
    I have heard of Ganesh when I read a book about religions called Theo's Journey or something similar. Theo was a little boy who was ill and was looking for some kind of cure. I remember he really liked Ganesh when he met him.
    Now I'm going to study the Symbolism - I love Symbolism! Thanks for posting that :)

    And obviously you throughly deserve those awards, all of them :)

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  8. Marja:Thanks!I love the concept and the festivity.May all the obstacles in your path be removed!

    TS:Thanks for both!

    Devil Mood:Its hard not to like Ganesh!He is so playful, cute, greedy, brave and powerful --all at the same time.(Yes--greedy.Thats why he has a large stomach.He just doesnt know when to stop eating.There are many stories about this)

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  9. hey.. I just blogrolled ye. Hope u wouldn mind. By te way, r u a Malayali?

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  10. happy ganesh chathurti...may u be always blessed with the wisdom , courage and companions to overcome all obstacles in ur life...

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  11. Pointblank:Nopes I dont mind at all!I'm flattered.Thanks.Nopes--I am anot a malayalee though i do speak the language.

    Tys:Thanks.Wishing you the same.

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  12. congrats!! :-)
    and happy ganesh chaturti to u! :-)

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  13. Happy Vinayaka Chathurthi! I make it a point to celebrate Indian festivals here in the USA. But I need a week's heads-up about the dates and I rely totally on my parents to do that!

    This time, they forgot and I did not know till the very last minute, literally! :(

    But hey, the thought counts in a small way! I hope all your obstacles are eliminated too. Or you get the strength to get through the "uneliminated" obstacles.
    :D

    Vidya

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  14. Busy writer: thank you--and wishes are reciprocated.

    Vidya:Yes--i know how it can be.Nice that you celebrate it there.Yes--happy vinayak chaturti to you too.

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  15. Hey PS, you deserve all the applause you're getting!! .. It has been really a wonderful experience visiting your blog! .. Looking forward to more!!

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  16. I must admit..if I were to come face to face with Ganesh I would NOT be an obstacle. i love the symbolism too..the main image is beautiful..I particularly like the mouse..it is always small things that can master us and bind us in fear and need....

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  17. Balu:Thanks so much for your encouragement.Next time I'm in Kerala, we must try and meet.

    Niall:Yes--Sometimes little things make all the difference.

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  18. Hi,PS...just chanced upon your blog..thanks for an extremely nice pic of Ganesha(Luv the festival),and,for the 'explanatory pic',too.Will be back to read the archives shortly.Cheers.

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  19. Many congratulations.
    And happy belated Ganesh Chaturthi to you too. May you and your family be always be happy.

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  20. We went to the temple on Sat for this...was great.

    And hey CONGRATTS!

    :)
    Keshi.

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  21. Amitl:You are always welcome!

    Spunky Monkey;Thank you--and wish you the same.

    Keshi:Thanks!!Which temple did you go to?Do you have a Ganesh temple there?

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  22. Ah, heck. Everyone's heard of Baba Ganesh, Ps. Sheesh. My grandmother used to make it.

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