The much-awaited ten day long Ganesh Utsav where devotees welcomed Bappa to their homes was started with Ganesh Chaturthi on Monday. The residents of Gurugram also celebrated the occasion with traditional fervour and gaiety.
Just like every year, Sarvajanik Ganesh Utsav Samiti, a cultural organisation of Maharastrian community is celebrating Ganesh Utsav with great vehemence at Community Centre in Sector 27.
This is the 27th year of Ganesh Utsav in the millennium city. The seven day long celebration started on Monday with Pran pratishtha and prayers of Lord Ganesha. Manoj Kharad, President of Sarvajanik Ganesh Utsav Samiti said, "We will celebrate the Ganesh Utsav for seven days and the celebrations will end with emotional adieu to Lord Ganesha on 8th September. Every evening various cultural programmes and activities are planned to keep the spirit of the festivity. There will be a cultural programme by children along with various musical programmes, marathi drama etc."
Residents of several others societies also immersed in the utmost devotion of the trunk God and took his blessings. Rao Dharamveer Singh, President of Mapsko Casabella informed, "This is our third year of celebration as a community. This year we got the eco-friendly idol to commemorate the birth celebration of Lord Ganesh. Many people now are choosing to celebrate the festival with a motive of saving the environment. This festival is all about community bonding and togetherness which enhances the festive spirit."
The residents were dressed in traditional attires and offered Lord Ganesh's favourite dish modak to him. Everyone were soaked in religious fervour to please the Lord.
Some individual residents also brought Bappa home to seek his blessings. Nitin Mehta, a resident of Vatika City said, "This is my fifth year of bringing Bappa home. When we bring Bappa home, we consider him as a part of our family and get emotionally attached to him. Every evening, friends and family offer prayers with aartis. We will bid adieu to Bappa by immersing him on 4th September.”