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  • Why is mouse the vahana of Lord Ganesha?

    Hindu deities are seldom depicted without their particular ‘vahana’ (vehicles) on which they travel. These vahanas are either animals or birds and symbolises the various forced they ride. Lord Shiva’s vahana ‘Nandi’ represents strength and virility, Goddess Saraswati’s vahana ‘Hamsa’ represents wisdom, grace, and beauty. Shani’s vahana are vulture, raven or crow that represses thieving tendencies. While Lord Ganesha’s vahana is a mouse which symbolises crushing useless thoughts. Have you ever wondered why the

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    7 must visit Ganesha temples in India

    Lord Ganesha is the Lord of wisdom, prosperity, security, happiness, success, education, good fortune, and destroyer of obstacles. Son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, he is superior to all Hindu gods and is always worshipped first. There are several temples in India dedicated to the elephant god that devotees must visit at least once in a lifetime. These temples are known for their architecture as well for the history behind them.

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    Ganesh Chaturthi 2017: 10 Bollywood songs that make you chant ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya’

    Ganesh Chaturthi is a combination of love, joy, celebration, colours, music, and dance. The 10-day long festival began on August 25 and concludes on September 5. It is celebrated with much zeal and enthusiasm in Maharashtra – especially Mumbai – and parts of North and South India. Bollywood movies have a special place for Lord Ganesha and are a perfect staple to show what the city actually is. The festival has over

  • Ujjain: Lord Ganesha comes home to a lovable welcome

    Ujjain: Ujjain city welcomed ‘Vighnaharta’ or remover of obstacles, Lord Ganesha home on Friday with full fervour and devotion, marking the beginning of the ten day Ganesh Chathurthi celebrations. Ganesh ‘sthapana’ was done during the most auspicious time in the morning at various places in Ujjain. Markets were crowded with the young and old, out to buy idols, Ganesha’s favourite sweets modak and bundi laddoo, decorative and other worship items since early morning.

  • Ganesh Chaturthi 2017: God of prosperity is here

    Mumbai: Ganeshotsav has begun and a festive spirit sweeps over Mumbai. Yet organisers of 911 pandals are an unhappy lot as the BMC has kept their applications pending for the want of No Objection Certificates (NOC) that are yet to be given by local police stations and the traffic department. Some are also with the wards pending for scrutiny.

  • Ganesh Chaturthi to La Tomatina: 10 amazing festivals around the world

    Every festival brings our life into a state of cheerfulness and verve. Festivals are centering on some specific traditions of a community or religion. Such celebrations also make sense of belonging for particular group or religion. Festivals also gives important message to every human that to approach life in a celebratory way, be absolutely involved in a non-serious way. Ganpati festival is just a day ahead and it will be celebrated around

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    Why is moon sighting prohibited on Ganesh Chaturthi?

    It is a popular belief that one should not sight the moon on Ganesh Chaturthi. Sighting the moon may result in Mithya Dosham or Mithya Kalank, meaning false accusation of stealing. According to mythology, on the fourth day (Chaturthi) of the Bhadrapad month, Lord Ganesha was returning home with the mouse, moon god Chandra began to laugh aloud and commented on his belly and the tiny mouse. In order to teach the

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    Ganesh Chaturthi 2017: List of artificial ponds to ensure eco-friendly immersions

    In order to protect the city’s water bodies from the damage caused by Ganpati idol immersions and encourage more people to use artificial ponds, the civic body has increased their number for the upcoming Ganesh Chaturthi this year. All ward offices are instructed to arrange flowers, rangolis, lighting and audio facilities at the ponds. Platforms to conduct the last pooja before visarjan would also be provided.

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    Mumbai: BMC worried over high tide playing spoilsport on Ganesh Visarjan day

    Mumbai: As the auspicious and holy festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is nearing its arrival, Mumbai’s civic body has warned devotees and Ganpati mandals to take precaution while visiting city beaches during immersion, as high tides from 1.09 metre to 4.21 metre are expected to hit the city beaches during the next few days and the situation could get out of control.

  • Sanjay Dutt records his first Ganesh Aarti for Bhoomi

    With Ganesh Chaturthi round the corner, Sanjay Dutt is recording his first Ganesh Aarti for his comeback film ‘Bhoomi’. The team of Bhoomi – Director Omung Kumar, Producers Bhushan Kumar and Sandeep Singh were also present with Sanjay Dutt at the recording.

    Sanjay being a very strong believer of Lord Ganesha wanted to record the aarti. He also made sure the ‘Bhoomi’ trailer has a significant part of the Ganesh Aarti.

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    Mahika Sharma not to celebrate Ganpati for a cause

    Television actress Mahika Sharma has come forward and requested to help lives to recover after being victim to flood. She appealed people to contribute to chief minister’s relief fund for the flood-affected state of Bihar and Assam.

  • Lalbaugcha Raja 2017: All you need to know about Mumbai’s ‘King Ganesha’

    Mumbai: The most loved Ganesh mandal of Mumbai, Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvsajanik Ganeshotsav mandal revealed the first glimpse of idol on Monday. Thousands of devotees gathered together to get a first glimpse to Lalbaugcha Raja, which is celebrating 84th year this time. Here are some interesting facts.