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GSB Seva Ganeshotsava Mandal Wadala – One of the popular Ganesh Chaturthi Pandals in Mumbai

The Ganesh Chaturthi Pandal of G.S.B. Sarvajanik Ganeshotsava Samiti Wadala is one of the most popular Vinayaka Chaturthi pandals in Mumbai and is also one of the richest Ganapati idols in the city. The G.S.B Ganesh idol hosted at the Dwarakanath Bhavan at Wadala near Dadar TT has a history of more than 50 years. The first Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav was held here in 1955.
G.S.B. Sarvajanik Ganeshotsava celebrations is noted for the use of eco-friendly materials and methods including the huge clay idol. The idol is usually adorned with 60 kilograms of gold and 175 kilograms of silver. The golden crown on the idol weighs around 22 kg.
The samiti is also in the forefront of philanthropic activities which includes offering Educational Aid, Scholarship to students, feeding to poor people, medical assistance to needy and deserving. The trust regularly contributes to a number of institutions engaged in Human Relief Activities apart from directly promoting Educational and Welfare Activities.

Lightweight Eco-Friendly Ganesh Idols in Bangalore

A new form of Lord Ganesha idols that is gaining popularity in Bangalore is the Lightweight Eco-Friendly Ganesh. The idol is made from paper, tapioca powder and maida (a type of wheat flour). The weight of the idols is fifty percent less than the normal idols. Light weight Ganesh idols are preferred by people who opt for large Ganesha idols during Ganesh Chaturthi. It is easy to transport from one place to another.
The cost of lightweight eco-friendly Ganesha idols are much higher than the clay idols primarily due to the cost of the raw materials used. The making of the idol also needs extra care as the idol disintegrates soon if it comes into contact with water.The greatest advantage of the lightweight idol is that it disintegrates fast during the Visarjan or immersion ceremony. But most people prefer it as it is easy to move from one place to another - A 10-foot-tall clay idol weighs nearly 200 kg while a lightweight idol of the same dimension weighs 50 kg.In Bangalore, the lightweig…

Bhadrapad Poonam – Bhadrapadi Purnima Festival at Ambaji Temple in Gujarat

AmbajiTemple in Gujarat is one of the 51 Shaktipeeths and is visited annually by millions of devotees. The full moon day (Poornima) in the month of Bhadrapada (August – September) is a highly auspicious day at AmbajiTemple. In 2017, the date of the festival is September 6. More than a million people travel to the temple on the day, majority of them on foot, carrying religious flags. Bhadrapadi Purnima Festival is also referred as Bhadarvi Poonam festival. 
Shakti Swaroopini Mata Ambika, or Ma Ambaji, is an important female goddess in Shakti Cult and is also known as Amba Bhavani and Arasuri. It is believed that the heart of Goddess Sati fell here, when her body was cut into pieces by Lord Vishnu to stop the intense tapas of Lord Shiva after Sati’s death. There is no idol in the temple and Goddess Ambika is represented by a triangular Vishwa Yantra, inscribed with figures and the syllable ‘Shree’ in the center. Legend has it that Lord Krishna Mata Ambika here and that Rukmani worshipped…

Bangalore Ganesh Utsava 2008

The 46th Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava will begin on September 3, 2008 and will be formally inaugurated on September 5 by Sri Sri Ravishankar. Ganesh Utsava in Bangalore is noted for its festive spirit and for the live music concerts by India’s most popular performers. From a humble beginning in 1962, the Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava has gained wide popularity and is one of the much awaited annual events in Bangalore. In 2008, Ganesh Chaturthi festival begins on September 3. In Karnataka, the celebrations begin on September 2 with Gowri Habba or Gowri Ganesha Puja. Times of India reports about the programs in Bangalore Ganesh Utsava 2008 A mélange of classical and popular music, with a dash of humor, mimicry and dance-drama, has been scheduled for this year's edition of the Ganesh Utsava.

Ace dancers and musicians, including Hariharan, Balamurali Krishna, Shobhana, Kumaresh-Ganesh , playback singers Rajesh Krishnan and Pallavi Arun, percussionist Sivamani and mandolin U Rajesh will enthrall B…

Archer – the twenty second Guru of Dattatreya

The one-pointed concentration of an archer reminded Dattatreya of the importance of sattwa guna and the unruffled ekagrata of a seeker. One is reminded of the Mundaka Upanishad which states, ‘Om is the bow, atman is the arrow and the target is Brahman,’ The archer was Dattatreya's twenty-second guru.

Another interpretation

My twenty-second guru is an arrow maker who was so absorbed in shaping his arrowheads that the king and his entire army passed without attracting his attention. Thus I learned from the arrow makes to be absorbed in the task at hand, no matter how big or small. The more one-pointed my focus, the greater my absorption, and the greater my absorption, the more subtle my awareness. The goal is subtle, and can only be grasped by subtle awareness. (Source: The Himalayan Masters: A Living Tradition by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD.)


Snake – the twenty first guru of Dattatreya