Rajasthan leads the Indian traditions and culture. There are numerous colors of the state that one can see and enjoy. It is a state of religious people who believe and loves to celebrate all the festivals. Ganesh Chaturthi is a popular festival here; especially in Jaipur the event evokes a distinct flavour.
Lord Ganesha is worshipped as the god who bestows the devotee with good luck and is the foremost puja before starting an auspicious work. Lord Ganesh is the god with the head of an elephant which signifies knowledge, wisdom, and auspiciousness. India is a country of festivals, and the Ganesh Chaturthi is an occasion when liveliness and passion are supreme.
The festival is celebrated for 10 days. The celebrations begin with bringing Lord Ganesha to home. This idol is carried with herd of people, dancing on lively music beats. The idol is placed in a person’s home or a public place for 10 days. Every day people come and bow to Lord Ganesha and ask him to bestow good luck to him/her. On the next day of Ganesh Chaturthi, an auspicious rally is organized every year. According to Hindu scriptures, Lord Ganesh was born on Chaturth Tithi (4th day) of Shukla Paksha in Bhadrpad month. Due to the birth tithi of Lord Ganesh, the festival is named Ganesh Chaturthi.
Ganesh Chaturthi in Jaipur is celebrated in an amazing manner. The day before Ganesh Chaturthi locally called ‘Sinjaara’ is none less than the main festival day. Tons of Mehendi is offered to the Lord amid holy chants in Garh Ganesh, Moti Dungri, Neher ke Ganeshji, Lal Dungri Ganesh ji and many other small or big Ganesha Temple. Ganesh chairs on silver throne, wears new dress and accessories. Special prayer is held. The most popular temple is at Moti Dungri or ‘Pearl Hill’ in Jaipur. This beautiful temple in Jaipur is visited by many Lord Ganesh devotees. The love for God is seen in the gestures of the visitors.
People wake up early and after getting freshened up head to Moti Dungri Temple. Devotees prepare special bhog of kilos of laddo as Prashad offered to Lord Ganesh.
On the next day of Ganesh Chaturthi, a big rally starts from the Moti Dungri temple and ends at Garh Ganesh Temple. There are many pictures shown at the rally, which depict the life story of Lord Ganesh. People join the rally with joy, and Prasad is offered to every devotee.
This kind of rally celebration is one of its kind, and it is joyous for people of Jaipur. Jaipurites never fail to take part in this rally. This unique form of Ganesh Chaturthi can be enjoyed by tourists as well. If one is visiting Jaipur during Ganesh Chaturthi, one must definitely join the rally and seek the blessing of Lord Ganesh.
There are certain Pujas and rituals which are performed on days of Ganpati. In many areas, people keep the idols for 10 days. However, many people also keep them for 3 days, 5 days and 7 as well as 9 days. The sanctity reaches at par with the gleam of golden flame of Arti and Ganesh Atharvashirsh Stotram recitation by people to worship the Vighaanharta who can help to overcome all the troubles.
On the last day, people carry the idol for holy immersion on the bank of a river or sea shore where after performing the last puja the idol is immersed with a heavy heart, but with hopeful eyes. Usually, these idols are made of plaster of Paris material, but nowadays there is also a trend to have it made of clay so that it can be easily immersed and environment can be saved from the pollution.