Ganesh Chaturthi’s festive fervour in India is world famous. Every year, it brings together millions of people who share the joy of this festive season irrespective of religion and community. The festival marks the birth of Lord Ganesha, considered to be God for fresh beginnings and destroyer of vighnas or obstacles.
Ganesh Chaturthi started as a public festival under the rule of Chathrapati Shivaji. Post independence, Lokmanya Tilak changed the festival to a public event, since then, it’s been organised and conducted on a grand scale.
The festival brings in lot of colours, with auspicious feeling gripping the people during the 10 days of pujas and festivity. Ganesh idols of various sizes appear everywhere with worship done in high spirits.
Creativity comes naturally on this festive occasion. From a fashion designing perspective, it’s the best time to design ethnic wear. Traditional Indian attire including sarees, lehengas and kurtis in splendid colours with traditional prints that are largely used on this occasion.
Many women are seen attending this auspicious occasion in various types of sarees. Some are seen donning sarees with broad borders and moti work, while other are seen in georgette and chiffon with buti and cut work. Fabrics such as Chanderi-silk is a popular choice for such festive occasions as it adds a lot of beauty and colour. Lehenga-Cholis in pink, red and green match the devotional theme.
Men’s fashion include designer kurtas embellished with brocade and embroidery on the collars. Potli buttons on kurtas is also a trend while turbans and stoles also enhance the look of the kurtas. Men also wear sherwanis, adding a royal feel.
Jewellery designing for Ganesh Chaturthi has a rich lineup of traditional jewellery designs including gold necklace with durva, necklace with hibiscus flower, Ganpati baali, Ganpati bajuband and forehead accessories. Also, nose rings are widely used, especially in Maharashtra, where the festival is celebrated in great pomp.
Other types of jewellery donned by women include gold anklets, kamarbands, gold rings, and green chudas (glass bangles). Ganesh pendants gets popular during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival.
Installing a puja ghar for worship of the beloved Lord Ganesha is an integral part of interior designing projects. Vaastu advises the place of worship in a living space to be situated at the north-east corner. For big plots, factories, etc., it is best to construct it at the centre.
More than the beautification of this auspicious space, preserving its purity and positivity is important. The idol sits to the east or west of the prayer room, kept in perfect condition. Prayer rooms are painted in white, light blue or light yellow shades, as recommended by Vaastu. White or yellow coloured marble in the prayer room make it even more auspicious.
During the ten days of Ganesh puja, the entire house is kept clean, decorated and filled with the auspicious vibe. As Lord Ganesha is the lord of new beginnings, it’s the best time to renovate and rejuvenate the house with new furnishing and painting.
Festival photography in India is a wonderful experience, especially with so many colourful festivals through the year. If you are a professional photographer or a student from a photography training institute, capturing the liveliness of Ganesh Chaturthi is an opportunity to create a colourful festive album.
Be sure to capture the well-decorated Ganesh pandals with splendorous idols. The Ganesh processions are one of the most vibrant sights of the year.
Hamstech weaves into its creative streams the passion of true devotion to Gods typical to India. With Ganesh Chaturthi fast approaching, the institute plans to reminisce and celebrate the spirit of the cultural phenomenon with enthusiastic participation from students and staff.