This is something I wrote a few years ago and never really posted, I had written it for someone I really respect, just the way we are supposed to respect each and everyone!
God causes menace!! Now now, wait till you pounce on me and issue an order against hurting public sentiments…well that’s not my intention at all. The very reason I say this to help the public have traffic free roads and volume controlled celebration ( considering commenting on voice decibels is the trend)
I say this in context to the recent celebrations of Ganesh Chaturthi, which is the Hindu festival celebrated on the occasion of birthday of Lord Ganesha. Ganesh is widely worshipped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune and traditionally invoked at the beginning of any new venture or at the start of travel.
What I don’t seem to understand is that when the history behind this celebration relates to doing good to others, spreading happiness and is supposed to bring good luck, then how does causing trafiic jams,setting up stores mandals on the footpath meant for walking,causing noise and environmental pollution would please the God of Wisdom.
Aha!! I get it now, the wisdom probably comes and goes with the lord. We humans have a tendency to make our own rules and do things that are convenient to just us, very few of us think about fellow humans at large. Would your devotion to god exist only if you bought the lord home for about 7-10 days? What about people who don’t follow this ritual. Would the god be biased and not pay heed to their prayers just on the basis of how many people followed this ritual?
Traditionally, the idol was sculpted out of mud taken from, nearby one’s home. After the festival, it was returned back to the Earth by immersing it in a nearby water body. This cycle was meant to represent the cycle of creation and dissolution in nature and that,I believe was a ecologically smart thing to do.
Isn’t intellect something that should improve and increase with passing generations and development in technology and education.
This festival is to bring with it, a feeling of comradeship and amity however to people it also brings a feeling of being annoyed and causes inconvenience. Firstly with the roads that get narrowed due to pandals and mandals being set up, then with the noise pollution it causes and largely because of the traffic commotion it causes to any common man.Our law and order system too seems more helpless on these days.
I’m not against the celebration and neither do I lack faith, infact it fills my heart with immense joy to see all the beautiful pictures across social media of love and devotion, how we remove time from our daily schedules and make time to seek the lord’s blessings.
My only plea is to make this ritual full of solidarity by taking preventive measures towards the environment and fellow humans. The government should also support this thought by better traffic management. Instead of submerging the idol in beaches and rivers, let’s submerge them in manmade pools and the use of eco-friendly idols would add to reducing the environmental hazards. When we are successfully able to take these steps,Lord Ganesha himself would be happy with his homecoming and I pray that the lord wishes us all with good public sense, responsibility towards our actions and happiness all through our lives.
May Lord Ganesha, The Vakratunda, The Vighnaharta bless us and guide us in the coming days and forever.