This Ganesh Chaturthi saw us make our second atta Ganesha in a row. If I do it next year also, I will deserve a pat in the back.
R was pleading to me to get a Ganpati home, thanks to the building folks, most of whom have Ganpati at home. I refused since its just too much hard work and doing seva to Ganpati can be a tedious job! (Not that he asks for it, he is a cute God!)
So like last year, I convinced her to the aata Ganpati and we did mini viserjan at home followed by wrapping the Ganpati in paper and putting him along with the flowers in the marshland.
She and I have been discussing the environmental issues associated with Ganpati while going in the car every day.
She was worried about the viserjans of the big Ganpatis in the ponds and sea and wondered what the fish would think of the gigantic idols!
Yesterday when we were in the car, she read a board which said so-and-so place ka Raja! Why that name, Amma she asked me?
Me: I guess everyone is following the norm of Lalbaugcha Raja.
Brat: Amma I saw Lalbaugcha Raja!
Me: Kuch bhi, pheku! you know how long the darshan line is? My friends have stood for 10-12 hours in queue to get darshan. I really admire their patience.
Brat: But Amma why are they tiring themselves? Open the TV and you can see Lalbaugcha Raja on the screen! Simple! Whats the difference whether you see God on the screen or the idol? Anyways you cant see God really, no?
Sometimes this girl really seems wise beyond her age!
Then in the night, there was 7 th day viserjan and to our surprise, there were even home based Ganpatis which were being taken with loud dhols and DJ music. I mean really small ones which are not community based. Even at 9.30 at night they kept going on and on and on! To the point that R2 was refusing to sleep. The music was so loud that our windows were rattling!
The brat asked ‘Amma you say God is everywhere no?
Brat: Then I am wondering why do people keep so many Ganpatis and cause pollution and sound. Cant everyone have just one Ganpati. a big one and do pooja for that one?
Sigh! this girl is really concerned eh?
I was discussing with ma and she spoke about how she and her brothers would peer out of the windows in Calcutta when they would take Ma Durga idols. But she did mention it was done at a reasonable time and with much lesser sound!
Guess we are getting louder and more commercial eh? But does Ganpati really want it?