The air was as breezy as it could be, the falling sunshine having all the warmth that it could have, and the mountains are all laden with snow that they could be. That’s what the things I could easily capture while sitting atop on the Mountain called Rudugaira. And this is what I can able to get the most from my recent Mount Rudugaira Expedition.
After the successful completion of Bali Pass Trek in May this year, our team of trekkers decided to push our limits furthermore to the title Mountaineers. So, we planned an expedition that can put us aside from the list of trekkers and can give us a thrill of mountaineering.
Ganpati Bappa Morya, Pudhchya Varsi Lavkar Ya! “Lord Ganesha Blessings with us, come next year with more blessing”.
On a day in 2019, I was strolling down one of the streets of Mathura. I got a phone call from my friend-cum-brother-cum-uncle. He asked me to come with him to street photography. First I fully gave up on the thought but later released that this could be the chance to learn something new or to showcase the ability. Then I found a whole subject to learn. And just roamed around the chapter of Ganesh Chaturthi.
Neetesh, my friend that called me, he always ready to click photographs. In fact, he is keener towards photography than me. So, we headed towards the Haiderpur, area in Delhi. This very exploration made me feel, that era of gods, Ganesh Chaturthi making the money, and little closer to the harsh reality of Ganpati Visarjan.
We reached the point on time and most of the sculptors picked their job and started doing their related works. First, we both started searching for the best spots and the best idols. Then after spending some time in those idols and with those ultimate-artists, we found the whole arena fully working-place.
All the artists, regardless of their ages, are working in a very professional way. From outlining the eyelashes to carving the Ganesha’s idol lancing, they were doing that work in a very fanatic way. And from that day I had a deep dive in this whole chapter of Ganesh Chaturthi.
Why we celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi?
Before we get to know the ‘why’, it is must to know ‘what’. Ganesh Chaturthi is the festival which is celebrated in almost every part of southern India. But nowadays, the highlights of this festival can be seen in the whole of India as well as in other countries also.
Ganesh Chaturthi is a 10-days long festival which was first celebrated by Shivaji, the founder of Maratha Empire in 1680. Because of the charms of this festival, people love to celebrate it. People love to use various colors, they decorate houses, they decorate homes, some people like to play Ganpati songs and some just like to dance on those songs. These are the charms of this festival.
This year we have celebrated this festival on 02 September. We brought Ganesha to our homes, we placed him on a very revered place and he happily stays there, to empower the wisdom and grace. Providing a new beginning to some good things, aside by removing all the obstacles.
There is a song in the movie, ABCD title Sambhu Sutaya (the bringer of happiness). In this song there is a stanza “Yun to sabhi devon ke aage ye sir jhuka hai moray par Apna hai tu Ghar humare Aaya hai moray, Ganpati Bappa Morya (we bestow our head in front of every Lord, but you are the only one who comes to our home, blessings of Ganesha is with us).
Reason Behind the celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi
Lord Shiva beheaded a child which was made by Goddess Parvati with the help of sandalwood paste to guard her while she was bathing. In the results, the whole world had to suffer the furious rage of Goddess Parvati. The whole world got trapped into the fiercely swiping anger volcano of Adi Shakti. It was that fast that the things could be done in a snap of fingers.
Then to cool down the Goddess’s rage, Lord Shiva had had to put a calf’s (baby elephant) head. Lord Shiva had not only given the face also he made him the Lord of prosperity, wisdom, and happiness. From the scriptures, that was this time of the year (August – September). That’s why this period of the year becomes more graceful and auspicious.
A Legend Related to This 10-days Worship of Lord Ganesha
After finding much on Google, in various religious books, and from elders, I got an answer from my elder sister, Shivani. Don’t know how much it is correct or it is just like the other myths.
Ved Vyaas directed Mahabharat to Lord Ganesha, Ved Vyaas ordered Lord Ganesha that he will not be able to move or other work, till the speaking and writing of Mahabharat get completed. They both started their work, days passed by, they have not eaten anything, in fact not a single drop of water. Lord Ganesha started feeling fainted but Ved Vyaas was able to manage himself.
In 10 days they completed the work and on that very day, Lord Ganesha fell on the ground due to the lack of energy and dehydration. That’s why on Ganpati Visarjan, we took the idols of the Ganesha to the waters.
Ganesh Chaturthi – The Emerging Festival of India
Though this very festival first celebrated in the Southern part of India now it is the festival of the whole World. Recently in New Jersey, USA, people brought Ganpati Ji to their houses and on 7th day they have celebrated Ganpati Visarjan.
On the very same page, there is a small city in Uttar Pradesh which celebrates the Ganesh Chaturthi at a very high level. Chandausi, a city near to Mooradabaad, is very famous for Ganesh Chaturthi Mela. And the shocking part is that the whole carnival arranged by only one person. In this carnival, people get to see much artistic work.
I especially had a visit to this city on Ganesh Chaturthi, my friend Megha (resident of this city) invited me to enjoy the whole processing. There were many idols of Gods, some are made up of match sticks, some of the cotton, and various other things. Besides the crowd, the mela was awesome and very chaotic.
Interestingly, this city is soon going to house the tallest sculptor of Lord Ganesh in the World.
Right after the Diwali Celebration, this is the festival which is getting a big hype throughout the globe. If you want to live this festival to its inner core then you should visit Maharashtra. Literally a very best place to see the beauty of Ganesh Chaturthi.
Though I do not have any rights to molest the religious things, being an environmentalist and a nature lover, I think that we should not harm our rivers and water sources in respect to immersing the Ganesha Idols. Instead of this, we should bury the idols in our home’s garden or in a muddy place.
It has two good aspects, one is that the artistic idols that meant to be immersed in the waters will not get into our feet and also not going to harm our rivers. And the second one is very interested, it is connected with the study of ages and evolution. Like, when we dig a place and found a sculpture in that place, we call it a sacred or religious in the same way when the new era will come, they will get some more content to study. Let’s make a chapter for the planet’s new generation.
India, a land of myths, beliefs, and superstitions, have thousands of reasons to worship demigods. There are several scriptures which clearly depicts the presence of some supernatural powers. And from those scriptures, we have rivers which are meant to be worshipped. And Yes! Rivers are really meant to be worshipped. But our way of worshipping them is much a daunting task.
India is the home to the majestic peaks of Himalaya and the Himalaya is the originating point of some of the biggest Rivers like Yamuna, Ganga, and Brahmaputra. All of them have a great ambiance in the holy scriptures of India. They are the lifeline of Indian civilization. Perhaps, on a very harsh note, they are going through a very severe condition.
Are Rivers Meant to be worshipped?
Quite a few weeks ago, I was dipping in my Facebook feeds and there I came across to a post, which was stating the condition of Rivers in two countries, one in which the rivers are the subject of the Holy mantras – India and in the other one, Rivers are just a source of water supplies and for other transportation.
Let me tell you, how this thing housed in my heart. On my recent excursion, Yamunotri Pass (or the Bali Pass), me with my teammates reaching towards our first campsite in Taluka. After crossing Mussoorie, we reached a point where a stream of water falling from the top of a mountain, making its way to the river which is fiercely following through the valley.
We stopped at that point and decided to take a bath under that stream (after getting tired from the last night traveling). Bumped out of my curiosity, I asked to my trek leader “Sir, which river is this?” And after listening to the answer, I literally gave it a stunning shot. He said, “It is River Yamuna”.
The river was unpolluted at all, the waters in the river were as clear as a crystal, and foremost it was flowing in a very fiercely as well as decently. “Ye Yamuna Ji hai?” these were the words which came out from my mouth. Because the River that I have seen in Agra, Delhi or Mathura, have a very drastic condition. Also, River Yamuna is now on the top of the list of most polluted rivers in India. The water is as black as the Kohl.
Now the statement that made by that man of the mountains changed my whole mindset about the rivers. He said “that’s the problem with us people, we worship Rivers as they could wipe out our misdeeds. And it is one of the problems which are polluting these sources of freshwater. We think that they are the goddesses which keep us free from all the delusions and we kept them polluting by throwing our ‘worship-matter-things’”.
That was the day which put me into a whole new world of myths and beliefs. And after giving much thought on the words of that man, I found out that he was somewhere correct. We people are the only beings who are gradually giving harm to our freshwater sources. We throw our waste material which came out from our daily worship processings (sorry, I literally don’t mean to hurt anyone’s sentiments but honestly they are the Waste Material, nothing much nothing less). Because once it gets used, it automatically falls under waste-material things.
Also, there are several things which are continuously providing harm to our rivers and we are the only people who are providing harm to those incredible sources of water. And I don’t want to put myself into any controversy by stating out the major cause of water pollution. You all people are big enough to get the point.
Last but not the least, here is one thing PLEASE DO NOT
THINK THAT THE RIVERS WILL ACCEPT ANY KIND OF OUR MATERIAL NO MATTER IT WILL BE
THE DIYAS OR ANY KIND OF THING THAT WE USE IN OUR DAY TO DAY WORSHIP.
What is an adventure? Some say, it is the risk of life and some say, it is that adrenaline rush in the stomach. If you ask me, I would preferably say that an adventure is more like peeping into life without escaping life. On a recent expedition, Bali Pass Trek, I got to understand that. And I have to say that, this whole 7-days journey gave me plenty of ADVENTURE. For the very first time in my life, I got to taste that and now it’s like ‘ab to Khoon mooh lag gaya’.