Ganeshotsav 2k17: A Magical Fiesta
Aug 28, 2017 | Sweety Shukla
Ganesh Chaturthi, also popularly known as ‘Vinayak Chaturthi’ is celebrated all over the country with great pomp and show to honor the elephant-headed god, Lord Ganesha. The festival begins on ‘Bhadrapada Shukla Chaturthi’ which is the fourth day of the waxing moon period. As the legend says, Ganesha was born as a vighna-harta (obstacle remover) to help all the beings in the universe. He is often considered as the God of Beginnings, as no ritual or ceremony starts without honoring him. Lord Ganesha is regarded as the God of Wisdom and no wonder, Ganesh Chaturthi holds a special corner in the hearts of the student community. This year too, NIT Rourkela celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi on 25th August with great zeal and zest!
The event took place at the Dilip Turkey Stadium and was organized by the Hall Management Council and the PhD Community of NIT Rourkela. In the HMC meeting, that was held on 18th August, the Chief Warden allotted various tasks to all the General Secretaries of the halls, to ensure smooth management of the program.
|PARTICULARS||HALL IN CHARGE|
|Puja Materials||MSS Hall|
|Invitation Cards||GDB Hall|
|Decoration and light||VS Hall|
|Contingency expenses||DBA Hall|
Prof. Ananta Charan Pradhan, Warden, GDB Hall of Residence was overall in charge of the event and he said:
There was a reduction in the budget this year, since it was cut down from around 1.9 lakhs INR to approximately 1.4 lakhs INR. A huge amount was basically deducted from the ‘prasad’ since this time, we distributed ‘prasad’ only at the ‘puja pandal’.
The Pujarambha commenced at around 08:30 am and was followed by Mukhadarshini (unveiling of Ganesha’s idol) at 12:00 noon. The ceremony concluded with Pushpanjali, which meant the entire mass offered flowers to Lord Ganesha on the cue of the brahmin, who recited the soothing ‘shlokas’. Finally, the Prasad Sevan was organized by the HMC and the prasad was distributed to all the devotees who attended the function. The environment was completely wrapped in an air of peace and placidity with the ‘vedic hymns’ and the ‘Hindu texts’ being read by the priests on the ‘pandal’.
Yasmin Kukul, the General Secretary of KMS Hall of Residence said:
This time, the HMC did away with the printed invitation cards and instead used digital means like webmail to send invitations to everybody. The work distribution, as done by the Chief Warden helped in ensuring smooth management of the event.
The turnout for the event was unsurprisingly high with approximately 2000 people, including students, staff, and faculties attending the event and thus making it a huge success! Notable dignitaries such as Deans and many faculty members also arrived to witness the magnificent event.
The succeeding events such as aarati in the evening also witnessed an enthusiastic participation of people from all walks of life. The three days’ magical celebration concluded with the Immersion Ceremony of the Ganesha’s idol in the Naga Pond. The energetic souls created an atmosphere of joy and happiness by dancing, singing and playing with colors.
The day ended on a good note with the happy faces going back with lots of positive vibes, blessings from Lord Ganesha and happy memories to cherish for a long time! Team MM congratulates the HMC for having hosted a successful event and wishes them with all the luck in their future endeavors.