Happy Ganesh Puja



One day, in future, I want to make my own Ganeshji's idol. I want to mould the wet clay with my own hands, shape 'Lambodar's belly, and the trunk; and then paint Him too, myself- with colors and paintbrush and all; and dance to heart's fill to 'ganapati bappa moria' and join in the ecstasy. I think then I would feel the real devotion, and the festive fervor that one ought to feel on this day...

And what i really wish is to go to Maharashtra and enjoy Ganesh Chaturthi there, in its true feel, colors, joy and merriment. In Bhubaneswar, we just visit the puja mandaps and pandals in the evening, and have our fill of a variety of laddus. I want to celebrate this day, some year, in its real sense, with more energy and excitement. 

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