At Siddh Data temple located along Jalandhar Bypass, this Ganesh Chaturthi is extra special. The shrine is celebrating the second birthday of a 100-foot-tall Ganesha idol that was installed here last year. The tallest in Asia, the idol is resplendent as flowers and lights have been used in abundance to decorate the Lord. For the next nine days, the 21-member Siddh Data Sewa Society has planned various cultural events on this occasion to celebrate a bappaa’s birthday with full gusto. To mark the beginning of the festival on Wednesday, a ceremonial flag was hoisted in the morning, followed by lighting of akhand jyota by Rajesh Rudra, Chote Lal, Shabad Rudra and Ravi Kalra, along with their family members.
The apujaa was performed with full rituals and devotion by pandits Somnath, Ajay Vashisth, Vinod Sharma and Somnath Dixit. The pious morning and evening a??aartia?? will be performed by four families till the celebrations continue. The enthusiasm of the people is at its peak to welcome the lord of wisdom.
On Wednesday, the families of Parminder Mehta, Anil Sachdeva, Navin Bajaj and Kuldeep Kumar Kharbanda performed the a pujaa. Adding a Punjabi touch to the celebrations, a langara (community meal) was organized. This will also continue till the a visarjana on the 10th day of Ganesh Mahotsav.
Talking to TOI, Parminder Mehta, a 45-year-old businessman from old city near Chaura Bazaar, said, a We have been celebrating Ganesh Utsav for close to six years. It was heartening to offer prayers to abappaa on the first daya ,especially because it was our Ganesha’s second birthday.
Pawan Bobby and party regaled the devotees with a bhajansa in the praise of the Lord.
The society members would offer one quintal a modaka and 101 bananas every day as part of the celebrations. On September 23, a pran prathishtaa would be conducted on a five-feet idol brought from Jaipur. Society president Rajesh Rudra said, aI am blessed that I contributed in the making of this 100 feet a bappaa . On the day of a visarjana, seven poor girls will tie the knot in front of a bappaa , after which the idol will be immersed.