I spent Wednesday (Aug. 31) and Thursday (Sept. 1) shooting (filming) Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations in Bangalore. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated as Lord Ganesha’s birthday. Ganesha, the elephant-headed son of Shiva and Parvati, is widely worshipped as the supreme god of wisdom, prosperity, good fortune, remover of obstacles, and also known as the god of new beginnings. Fasting, feasting and distribution of sweets offered to Lord Ganesh are important aspects of Ganesh Chaturthi rituals in India.
It was an incredible day, and I wish I knew about the importance of this celebration in Maharastra before I arrived in India. I have close relatives in Pune where Ganesh Chatuthi is big, and I could have celebrated with them and get even greater visuals of this festive occassion. I guess being an Indian-American and having a Bengali mother (Ganesh Chaturthi is not as big in Kolkata or West Bengal). Therefore, I didn’t know the significance of this celebration. Please note this post was put together after researching the meaning of Ganesh Chaturthi from various websites.