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Ganapati Bappa Morya!

Ganu πŸ™‚

My Ganu πŸ™‚
Ganesh Chaturthi a festival of my personal favorite and celebrated with lots of love and devotion every year.
With every passing year i got a chance to put in more in Bappa’s seva..
and this year it was a pure delight!
I remember those school days where my Ganapati holidays were sandwiched with some homework πŸ˜‰
Those golden days when the only thing i had to do was to scribble on book and eat lavishly and watch in utter delight all the beautiful decoration done and just be a witness.
But as years passed, my love for Bappa did go on a rise and every year i awaited to serve HIM!
Those days wherein i would get up and first have a glimpse of my Bappa and then start off anything πŸ™‚
Those days when i would first think of adorning my Bappa with the Garlands and incense sticks and then taking my first morsel of food πŸ™‚
Oh my Bappa πŸ™‚
It seemed so alive as if just come as a friend to hear me out πŸ™‚
Ganapati Bappa’s other names are Sukha-karta – The one who gives happiness & Dukha- Harta – The one who takes away sorrows!
Truly the days HE arrives my front room and my whole house seems so different so beautiful, so blissful and so divine.. πŸ™‚
The Ganapati Stuti Bhajans -songs sung in the praise of Ganapati ; the smell of the incense stick and the mesmerising idol of Ganesha!
Wow! I could hardly take my eyes off HIM and would want to be around HIM πŸ™‚

And HE makes sure HE is served well πŸ˜‰
Serving HIM surely made me contented prayerful and back in the cheek to cheek smile πŸ˜€

This year whenever the Song would start in praise of Bappa, i practised to listen the words and found each of the songs so prayerful!
Truly as if my prayers were just sung in those songs πŸ™‚
One of the songs said.. Tu Sukh karta.. Tu Dukh Harta. Tuch karta and Karavita!
wow! you only are one who gives happiness and the one who takes away sorrow.. You are the doer and the one who makes me do πŸ™‚

Days would start with a prayer to the divine that : Oh lord Let me serve you! Show me how do i serve you πŸ™‚ Guide me to serve you!
and Each day would seem so magical then πŸ™‚
Running early morning to Dadar Phool Market to get the garland of HIS choice πŸ™‚
Coming back and adorning HIM with the beautiful garland.. the Diya. the incense sticks and the flowers πŸ™‚
Doing Puja never seemed so beautiful before πŸ™‚

My Ganapati Bappa - resting royally πŸ˜€

What followed everyday was Arti πŸ™‚
Arti is a beautiful beautiful form of worshipping the Divine πŸ™‚
I made sure this time i utter each word and mean each of those words πŸ™‚
Being in present moment and meaning the words said during Arti rather than just saying in chorus is so so so prayerful wow!
Once my Bappa was adorned with the flowers, worshipped by the Puja, and been prayed during the Arti..
its time for HIM to eat πŸ˜‰
Naivaidham Samarpayami.. I offer the Food to u πŸ™‚ With this small prayer i offer the food to the divine πŸ™‚

Afternoon used to be one’s for other household work πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜›
Cleaning maintaing and checking if anything’s needed for the evening πŸ™‚

Evening starts with Sandhyavandana.. Bowing down to HIM in the evening πŸ™‚
and then guests would pour in as and when and as they say Guests are God.. Athithi Devo Bhav.. We made sure we served our Gods πŸ˜‰
As guests would make their way out..
Arti would make its way in .. πŸ™‚
Dhup Arti.. πŸ™‚ Praying at Night πŸ™‚
At the end of Arti there is a beautiful Prayer
Ghalin Lotangan
Vandin Charan
Dolyane Pahin Rup tujhe
Preme Alingin
Anande Pujin
Bhave Ovalin
Mhanen Namah
Twamev Mata
Pita Twamev
Twamev Bandusch
sakha Twamev
Twamev Vidya
Dravin twamev
twamev sarva mam dev dev
kayen vacha
mansendriyeva
budhyatmnava
prakrutiswabhavat
karomi yad yad sakalam parasmai
narayan iti samarpayami
achyutam keshvam ram narayanam
krishna damodar vasudevam hari
shridharam madhavam gopika vallabham
janki nayakam ramchandra bhaje..
hare ram hare ram
ram ram hare hare
hare krushna hare krushna
krushna krushna hare hare!

its so self explanatory! i loveΒ  the lines
Whatever i do by this body speech mind,through five senses,through intellect,through atman,by nature,behaviour,
whatever i do i offer every bit to Lord Narayana!
You Are everything to me and with this limited knowledge of mine whatever i offer is to You, Oh Lord Narayana!

Arti follows Sumptous dinner πŸ˜€

and then a restful sleep thanking Bappa for letting us serve HIM and by asking forgiveness for what did not go well πŸ™‚
Thank you Bappa for a beautiful day πŸ™‚

This year my Bappa was for six days at my home πŸ™‚
and each day HE made sure the bond was deeper with us πŸ™‚
HE made us serve HE made us smile πŸ™‚
that it made us so difficult to let HIM go 😦 πŸ˜₯

I just did not feel so Good letting HIM go 😦

All these days HE stayed as a Best friend πŸ™‚
My Bappa My Beloved πŸ™‚
I Love my Bappa πŸ™‚

With heavy heart i let HIM go 😦
Awaiting for the next year to serve HIM!

Ganapati Gele Gavala
chain padena amhala!

Ganapati Bappa has gone to HIS village…
and  has left us all restless 😦

Ganapati Bappa Morya!
Pudhchya Varshi Lavkar Ya!
Ganapati Bappa Morya!
Come soon next year πŸ™‚

Lots of love to you all πŸ™‚

Have a Happy Festive Season πŸ™‚

JaiGurudeva!

Swapnil πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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