Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the significant festivals of India and is rejoiced with great fervour and joy amongst the Hindus. It is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha, though mainly in the regions of Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. During this festive occasion, people clean their houses and decorate them with fresh flowers, rangolis, ethnic paper lanterns, decorative lights, etc. and welcome Lord Ganesha to their houses with great pomp and happiness. Also, the pandals are decorated on a grand level where people come in large groups, wearing new clothes, to worship Lord Ganesha. For placing the idol of the god, special ‘Makhar' are made and decorated. No doubt, in our country the festive decoration is very much different and rich in terms of designs, patterns and the use of colours. Read to know more about the Ganesh Chaturthi Decorations.
Grandeur Of Ganesh Chaturthi
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha. The concept of community celebrations has given a new way to the magnificence of the merriment. Before 1893, this festival was only rejoiced among the relatives in homes but later on Bal Gangadhar Tilak announced it as a community festival to develop interactions between the Brahmin and non-Brahmin community of Maharashtra. Today, the celebrations have taken a more visually appealing look. People decorate their houses and the pandals in which the idols of Lord Ganesha are kept with all the decorative items, lights, etc. Makhar, on which the idol of Lord Ganesha is kept, is a structure that resembles a throne or a temple like structure. It is generally made up of thermocol and is beautified with acrylic paint, beads, sequins, and other decorative items. Another significant aspect of Ganesh Chaturthi decorations is Rangoli, which is considered as the traditional art of decorating the ground with the use of natural biodegradable colours including the colourful gulal, turmeric, heena, rice powder, flowers etc. Such colours do not cause any harm to the health and environment. Grand rangolis are made in front of the houses and the pandals (temporary house of the deity) to welcome Lord Ganesha.
Half the pandal is beautified for the puja and the idol of Lord Ganesha whereas in other half seating arrangements, distribution of the prasad, the music and traditional drum performances are organised. The setting up of a pandal is a very lengthy and complex process and the preparation for setting up each starts a good 20-30 days before the festival. The complete cost of the arrangement of the pandals is met by the community donations and the making of pandal is done according to the space provided and the expected gathering. In the decoration of the pandals, colourful clothes, fresh and artificial flowers, decorative lights, thermocol designs, etc. is used to beautify the pandal in a grand way. Besides this, people decorate their houses by lighting the earthen lamps (diyas). To make them more decorative and beautiful, the earthen lamps are painted with acrylic colours and different designs are made on them. Furthermore, the pandals and the houses are also beautified by using ethnic paper lanterns which also are easily available in different shapes, patterns and colours. Apart from this, people also adorn their houses with colourful lights arranged in different patterns, giving a new look to each. All these decorations attract more people from all over the country who come to observe the beauty and grandeur with which the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated.