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Press Release by Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust

September 19, 2015

 

Nimajjan at Prasanthi Nilayam - Ganesh Chathurthi 2015

Prasanthi Nilayam 19 09 2015:  The festival dedicated to the worship of Lord Ganesha, is a lively and reinvigorating one, not only all over India but also in distant countries like Java, Bali, Cambodia, Thailand and so on. In Western India, especially in the state of Maharashtra, the tremendous religious fervor that this festival evokes in the minds of thousands and the way it galvanizes multitudes into an ecstatic state of devotional frenzy is to be seen to be believed. Be it a Hindu or a Muslim, a Parsi or a Christian, everyone joins in the slogan “Ganapati Bappa Morya”; to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi is to connect to the spiritual source of joy within.

A highlight of this festival is the culminating nimajjan ceremony, during which the idols worshipped,  are bid farewell and nimajjan is done in rivers, lakes and even the sea. This ritual is quite unique to the Ganesha festival and it no doubt has deep significance too. Traditionally the idol is made from clay and by nimajjan it returns to its native state, an indication of life itself.

 

While this is how this sacred occasion is celebrated in various parts of India, what happens in Prasanthi Nilayam every year is truly exceptional. What makes this ceremony special in Prasanthi Nilayam is the love and devotion with which Bhagawan’s students and staff from the various schools and institutions make special chariots and palanquins for the Ganeshas they had been worshipped through the festival. Then all the Ganeshas are brought to Mandir in a colorful procession before they are taken for the ritual of nimajjan.

 

This year too saw many ingenious creations - a massive ship, a large book with flipping pages, a globe, a hot air balloon and many such eye catching creations. The devotional fervor with which the festival was celebrated was palpable and infectious. To add to the festivities there were a couple of group dances by the students from Baba’s schools. Following this, slowly one by one, each Ganesha was brought before Bhagawan Baba’s Sannidhi and taken out of the Kulwant Hall.

 

The programme concluded with Bhajans and Mangala Arathi at 1805 Hrs.

 

 

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