Bappa Morya - #100happydays - Day 113

वक्रतुण्ड महाकाय सूर्यकोटि समप्रभ ।
निर्विघ्नं कुरु मे देव सर्वकार्येषु सर्वदा ॥

My absolute favourite tradition and time of the year is here again, Ganesh Chaturthi. For me it's been over 30 years since we have been bringing Ganpati home every year and even longer in my husband's family. My happiness knew no bounds when I found that my husband also celebrated Ganpati while we were dating. 

The 1-2 day celebration starts with Gauri Pooja usually a day before done by the women in the family. On the day of Ganpati Pooja, we all wake up early and have an oil bath. The men then start an elaborate Pooja with the Ganpati stapna and invoking life in the moorthi, followed by giving him all the offerings made at home for the occasion. It usually take over 2 hours to complete the Pooja and then post lunch we welcome all family and friends to come to take blessings from the God. Since we keep Ganpati only for a day, we usually have everyone over in the evenings and they join us for prasad and dinner. This is a tradition that started when we used to celebrate Ganpati at my parents place and post marriage it continued in our home. 

The celebrations have gotten more exciting every year. First it was just the two of us. Then the fourth year Ronav joined in the celebrations as an almost new born and another 3 years later came Samaya. This year marked the 10th year that my husband and I kept Ganpati as a married couple and both the kids joined in the traditions by participating in the Gauri Pooja and Ganpati Pooja. It is a blessed feeling to see these traditions being carried forward. 

For the first time this year our prasad served to the guests was a complete South Indian affair. The guests enjoyed tamarind rice, curd rice, potato bhaji, idli, wada, sambhar, chutney and paysam. It was a wonderful celebration with family and our friends as well as the kid's friends who enjoyed the darshan, aarti and lip smacking prasad.

May we all be blessed with many such Ganesh Chaturthis. 

This is a part of MY #100happydays challenge - a way to remind myself to pause and find happiness in the little things in life and to live in the moment. To be grateful for all that I have, every single day. Hopefully you will join me in this journey of self discovery and find your own happiness along the way.


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