Silchar: Ganesha Chaturthi, dedicated to the elephant god Ganesha, when worshipers recite prayers to remove obstacles in their lives, has been celebrated with solemnity and serenity in Silchar on Thursday.
Devotees were seen making beelines for the pandals. The festive ambience was filled with merriness, mirth and with joyous groups of youths. The elephant headed Hindu deity Ganesha is one of the most popular divinities in the Hindu pantheon, being gentle and credited with the ability to remove obstacles. Ganesha, son of the divinities Shiva and Parvati, was created by Parvati from the dew of her body mixed with dust.
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated across the country with a great devotion. The day is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesh. The Lord is the symbol of prosperity, wisdom and affluence. The festival is celebrated to mark new beginnings. It is believed that Lord Ganesh removes all obstacles and hurdles. The rise in number of Lord Ganesh puja pandals in this town is a recent phenomenon. It was not there even a few years ago. Ganesh puja is now performed at various public places. Pandals are lavishly decorated and adorned. On Wednesday night, a large number of idols of Lord Ganesha were brought to the pandals.
Ganesh Puja at Silchar Goldighi Municipal mall attracts a large number of devotees. Tridhara Yuva Sangha of Sanjay Market in Rangirkhari of this town has been celebrating Ganesh puja for many years. The three day long Ganesh puja began with an aarti performed by Swami Ganadhisanandaji Maharaj, secretary of Ramakrishna Mission, Silchar. Besides this, large pandals has been built near Das Colony, at Premtala and many other places of this town.