https://www.instagram.com/p/COVPLv-gfXC/?igshid=ngga57qvv5h2 Hope everyone is doing well. Sorry I haven’t been on lately. Life has just been cray cray lately. In December we lost my paternal uncle to cancer two days after my birthday. To all who have been following me for awhile can understand what my birthday is also somewhat of a hard day for me. It’s been hard but I’m doing so much better. Work and virtual volunteering has been keeping me busy. I also have just written a story for Gayatri Gill’s (Swastik Productions Creator Siddharth Kumar Tewary’s wife) @thelockdowndiaryproject on Instagram. If any of you have Instagram then please check it out. I hope my story helps anyone who is having problems in their life. Stay Safe and Stay Blessed Everyone! Belated Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy New Year, Happy Valentine’s Day, Easter wishes, Passover wishes, Indian New Year wishes, Rama Navami wishes, Hanuman Jayanti wishes, and Ramadan Mubarak/Ramadan Kareem! To all who have lost loved ones due to the pandemic my heart and prayers are with y’all. Sending prayers, love, and hugs to all! My deepest condolences to all who have lost loved ones to the worldwide pandemic! May all their beautiful souls Rest In Peace! They may be gone now but they will never be forgotten! Hopefully the pandemic will end soon!
This is my fourth photo challenge post for the Flower of the Day Challenge and it’s in response to the Flower of the Day Challenge by Cee Neuner. These are the many beautiful flowers that I have chosen for Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge for September 7, 2019. Here’s a link to Cee’s blog https://ceenphotography.com/2019/09/06/fotd-september-6-2019-dahlia-2/
This is also my first post for the “Go On A Photo Adventure” challenge by Leah of Little Pieces Of Me. This month’s theme is September 2019 – Birds, Butterflies, Bugs, Moths & Blooms. This post ties in to the Blooms of the flowers. Here’s a link to Leah’s blog https://littlepiecesofme1.wordpress.com/2019/09/09/lpm-photo-adventure-birds-13/
On September 7, our wonderful Hindu Temple of Atlanta family celebrated the Ganesh Visarjan. It was a whole day event. Unfortunately I had to miss the amazing cultural programs that included singing and dancing. I was at work and I had the opening shift of 8-4:30 but I managed to finish work, come home, and get ready to go to the temple. I was able to reach the temple around 6:30 and was happy to realize that the Ganesh Procession had not started yet. In fact, they were just starting the Laddu Auction. I enjoyed watching the laddu auction because it’s always a great time to see who wins the laddu and who is the person who donated the most money. I remember one year when my second parents won the Laddu Auction. I had a blast dancing with my friends and getting color put all over my clothes, body and face by my friends and my friends’ Children. But the best and my favorite highlight of this wonderful event is the Helicopter Flower Shower. The flowers that were showered were first white flowers, a mix of different colored flowers, a mix of deep red flowers, and a mix of deep red flowers mixed with a couple yellow flowers.
Ganesh Chaturthi also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi is one of the important Hindu festivals celebrated throughout India with a great devotion. This day is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesh, the elephant-headed son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Lord Ganesh is the symbol of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune.
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated on Shukla Chaturthi of the Hindu month of Bhadra (generally falls between August and September). This festival is celebrated by Hindus with a great enthusiasm. People bring idols of Lord Ganesh to their homes and do worship. The duration of this festival varies from 1 day to 11 days, depending on the place and tradition. On the last day of the festival the idols are taken out in a colorful and musical procession and immersed traditionally in water.
As per Hindu mythology Lord Ganesh is considered as “Vigana Harta” (one who removes obstacles) and “Buddhi Pradaayaka” (one who grants intelligence). This festival is very important for students, they worship Lord Ganesh to illumine their minds.
Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to all my Indian brothers and sisters who follow my blog!