Ganapati festival celebrated with traditional fervour in Nagpur

The ten-day long Ganpati festival commencing from today is being celebrated with traditional fervour in Nagpur.

For the next ten days, Ganapati, the Lord of Wisdom, will have a special place in every home and prominent places of the city. The heavy downpour since last night failed to dampen the spirit of the devotees, especially the younger generation who were seen carrying colourful idols of Lord Ganesha.

It is believed that Lord Ganesha removes all obstacles and for this, the people welcome Him in their home with great devotion on Ganesh Chaturthi, supposed to be the birthday of the Lord Ganesha which marks the beginning of Hindu festival calendar.

For the devotees, the ten days are filled with lots of fun and joy which enrich their mind and personality. Majority of the labourers, who made the eye-catching beautiful pandals, mostly belong to West Bengal.

The decoration of pandals is done from colourful ribbons, clothes, artificial flowers and lights, specially the LED variety.

Various cultural programs are held during the festival, which will conclude on Anant Chaturdashi and the idol of the Lord is carried out in a grand procession accompanied with music and dance for its immersion in holy river or lake.

This time, some of the NGOs with the help of local, people are digging artificial ponds for its immersion. Devotees were appealed to immerse idols in artificial tanks to protect water bodies from pollution.

Sources at Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) said last year, over 1.30 lakh Ganesh idols were immersed in artificial tanks at different locations. The NMC introduced eco-friendly immersion by installing artificial tanks in 2012 to essentially check pollution of city's water bodies.

The concept was floated following a strong demand from green activists who warned of serious damage being done to city's water bodies due to immersion of idols. The NMC has increased the number of artificial tanks in the city from 90 to 150 this year, to promote the concept of eco-friendly immersion.

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