Ganesh Chaturthi: Celebrations begin as Jammuites bring Ganpati home
Murti makers bring an essence of fervour in the devotees
As Ganesha will be welcomed at our homes today. Jammuites are all set to celebrate the ten-day Hindu festival to honour the elephant-headed God Ganesha’s birthday. He is the younger son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Lord Ganesha is known by 108 different names and is the Lord of arts and sciences and the deva of wisdom. He is honored at the start of rituals and ceremonies as he’s considered the God of beginnings. He’s widely and dearly referred to as Ganapati or Vinayaka.
Markets are bustling with beautiful lord Ganesha idols. Murti makers from around India are seen stationed in and around Jammu since the onset of this month. The artists come all the way from Rajasthan for the festival to sell the Ganesha idols to the devotees. “It takes 4-5 days to sculpt one murti and 2-3 persons work on each. The biggest murti we have is of 7-8 feet which is also bought by the devotees. The tradition of making murti is coming from our older generations and we will pass on the tradition to keep the festival alive. This is the most luckiest festival for us and Jammuites have started celebrating the festival looking in to the people of other states and with the blessing of Ganesha we earn well.” said, Bala Ram, Murti maker.
The festival begins on Shukla Chaturthi which is the fourth day of the waxing moon period, and ends on the 14th day of the waxing moon period known as Anant Chaturdashi.
During the festival, colorful pandals (temporary shrines) are setup and the Lord is worshiped for ten days.