Ganesh Visarjan~गणेशविसर्जन in year
2019 will be celebrated on Friday 13th September, 2019.
Ganesha is worshiped for 10
days from Bhadrapada
Shudha Chaturthi to the Ananta
Chaturdashi, On the 11th day, the statue is taken through the streets in
a procession accompanied
with dancing, singing, and fanfare to be immersed in a
river or the sea symbolizing a ritual see-off of the Lord in his journey
towards his abode in Kailash while taking
away with him the misfortunes of his devotees. This is the ritual known as Ganesha Visarjane in Kannada, Ganesh Visarjan
in Marathi and Vinayaka
Nimarjana or Vinayaka Nimajjanam in Telugu.
Methods : At individual homes the Visarjan/Nimajjanam is also done
on 3rd, 5th or 7th day as per the family tradition. All join in this
final procession shouting Ganapati
Bappa Morya, Pudhachya Varshi Laukar ya (O lord Ganesha, come again
early next year) in Maharastra and Ganesh Maha Raj ki, Jai (lord Ganesha,
victory is yours) in Andhra Pradesh.
Donation after Visargan : After the final
offering of coconuts, flowers and camphor is made, people carry the idols to the river to immerse it. The main sweet
dish during the festival is the modak (modak in Marathi,
modakam/kudumu in Telugu, modaka in Kannada
and modagam in Tamil). A modak is a dumpling made from rice flour/wheat flour
with a stuffing of fresh or dry-grated coconut, jaggery, dry fruits and some
other condiments. It is either steam-cooked or fried.
Another popular sweet dish is the karanji (karjikai in Kannada) which is similar
to the modak in composition and taste but has a
semicircular shape. In Andhra, Kudumu (rice flour
dumplings stuffed with coconut and jaggery mixture), Vundrallu (steamed coarsely
grounded rice flour balls), Panakam (jaggery, black
pepper and cardamom flavored drink), Vadapappu (soaked and moong
lentils), Chalividi (cooked rice flour
and jaggery mixture), etc., are offered to Ganesha along with Modakams. These offerings
to god are called Naivedyam in Telugu.
Statue: In Andhra,
Clay Ganesh (Matti Vinayakudu in Telugu)
and Turmeric Ganesh (Siddhi Vinayakudu in Telugu) is
usually worshiped at homes along with plaster of paris Ganesha. Public
celebrations of the festival are hugely
popular, with local communities (mandalas) vying with each
other to put up the biggest statue and the best pandal. The festival is also
the time for cultural activities like singing and theater performances, orchestra and community activities like free medical checkup, blood donation camps, charity for the poor, etc.
of Ganesha Visarjana : Today, the
Ganesh Festival is not only a popular festival, it has
become a very critical and important economic activity
for Mumbai, Hyderabad,Vishakhapatnam, Bangalore and Chennai. Many artists,
industries, and businesses survive on this mega-event. Ganesh Festival also
provides a stage for budding artists to present
their art to the public. In Maharashtra, not only Hindus but many other
religions also participate in the celebration like Muslims, Jains, Christian and others. This festival
managed to re-establish the unity among the Indians
during British Era.