Gaiety marks Ganesha, Id festivals

Special puja at Ganapathi temples; muslim brethren offer prayers at mosques

Gaiety marks Ganesha, Id festivals

(Left) Devotees thronging 101 Ganapathi Temple at Agrahara in Mysore on Saturday. (Right) Tiny tots greeting each other as others look on after offering Ramzan prayer in Mysore. DH Photos

Muslim brethren in large numbers offered prayers at Eidgah maidan in Tilak Nagar, Rajiv Nagar, Ghousia Nagar and other mosques.

Sir Khazi of Mysore Hazrath Moulana Mohammed Usman Shariff who conducted the prayer at Tilak Nagar in his address called upon the gathering to spread the message of communal harmony. He described festivals of both the communities observed on the day as god’s message to live in peace and harmony. He urged the community to be a part of festivals irrespective of faith and also invite others. He also exhorted the gathering to fight for national integrity. Earlier, he explained about the significance of fasting during the holy month of Ramzan. “It is Allah’s wish to make everyone feel the sufferings of poor who remain hungry most of the times,” he added.

Deputy Commissioner Harsh Gupta who also participated in the prayer along with Police Commissioner Sunil Agarwal called for making Dasara a success. Sunil Agarwal gave a call to maintain peace throughout the day, as it was a day of festivals.

Prominent among those who offered prayers are superintending engineer, Cesc, Ghouse Mohammed Shariff, SE, secretary, Rifahull Muslimeen Education Trust (RMET), Taj Mohammed Khan, general secretary, Mysore Beedi Mazdoor Association, K C Showkath Pasha, General Secretary, All India Milli Council, Mysore unit, Abdul Azeez Chand and president, Muslim Co-operative Bank, Meer Humayun.

Myriad Ganesha’s

With every passing year, Ganesha remains on top of the public celebrations and the organisers are leaving no stone unturned to make it different.

Anti-Cow Slaughter Bill that has already hit headlines with many voices being raised for and against it, has inspired an artiste from West Bengal to give work to his creativity.

Vishwanath Chandra, an artiste from Singur in West Bengal has infused life into clay by making an idol of Ganesha in the form of cattle rearer killing a demon (likened to the Bill), said honorary president, Bhajarangi Yuvakara Bhakta Mandali, My Ka Premkumar.

The idol has been installed near Mysore Katrappanavara Garadi near D D Urs road. At Veerangere, ‘Ganesha on bicycle’ to create awareness on pedalling in the wake of rise in fuel prices, is the main attraction, with the help of Jayamarthanda Sangha. Keeping alive the spirit of ‘Ramzan and Gowri-Ganesha’ Chandramouleshwara Yuvaka Sangha at Kannegowdana Koppal has installed ‘Ganesha on half-moon’, according to its secretary Madhu.

How can one forget golden howdah, the main attraction during ‘Naada Habba’  Dasara. Dilip of Gandhinagar has created a replica of the howdah using plywood. An idol of ganesha has been installed inside the howdah, at Gandhinagar by Durgadevi Samithi.
As part of the festival, special puja was organised at 101 Ganapathi Temple at Agrahara in the city, apart from temples of the deity in different localities.

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