Happy Ganesha Puja…
Today is Ganesha puja. In the school and college days it used to be a day of utmost significance. We used to pray to the elephant-headed God to give us intelligence and remove all obstacles from our path. Of course, now as those days have passed, the significance of this auspicious day is limited to a mere holiday, a day to relax and release the work pressure mentally and physically. May be once in a while we go out to see beautiful idols decorated with colorful lights on this particular day. But no matter what we choose to do, this day holds a great significance all over India.
For me also it’s kind of important as per Hindu calendar I was born a day before Ganesha Puja. My mother says it’s auspicious. Personally I don’t believe or participate on group activities like celebrating puja. I feel that it is a waste of time and life has taught me never to waste time. I have paid my penalty in the past years. So I don’t like going to these community activities. I don’t have any interest in praying at that moment. However, if someone invites me, then I go to enjoy the atmosphere and have fun with friends. Again, time waste but if the friendship is close, then I choose to sacrifice time. Friends are very important part of my life – I don’t have many friends and it takes a long time for me to make friends, but if it stays, then it continues for a long time.
Please don’t think that I am an atheist, I am a firm believer of God and the supreme power that governs everything in the universe. However, I have my own way of looking at things. Just because my parents or the society says something, it doesn’t oblige me to do so. As a rational being, I like to reason everything before following the footsteps of others. For example, I have seen many people go to temple to offer their prayers and salutations. They say God will listen and He will answer. I don’t understand why God won’t listen to our prayers if we don’t go to the temple. People say that God is omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient and still they limit the power of God to such a small place called temple. Why for one day we show our gratitude to the Lord when we should pray Him on a daily basis. Prayer is a very personal communication with God. It differs for every individual as everyone has their own way of praying. So I like to pray in own way, communication from heart to heart. God resides in the hearts of all living and non-living beings. So I don’t feel the need to go to a particular place to pray. You can pray anywhere, you can celebrate any puja in your heart. Trust me, He will hear it, loud and clear. All that matters is faith and sincerity in the prayers. No need for any show-offs or pomp.
But I agree, that sacred places like temples or holy places gives you peace. The atmosphere is serene and calm. It helps our mind to get free and pray selflessly to the Almighty. It brings people together. Such togetherness I found while taking a stroll on the streets this evening. People were praying to Lord Ganesha with enthusiasm.
Sharing some of the pictures I clicked this evening with my extended family (am i sounding like Amitabh Bachchan 😀 )
Enjoy your days in this festive season.
Ganapati Bappa Morya!
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