Nowadays Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in the country. The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with great pomp in Mumbai, the country's financial capital, and Bappa is established from house to house in many parts of the country. He is worshiped for ten days, bappas are offered various types of offerings and after the entire Ganesh festival, Ganesha is immersed in water on the day of Anant Chaturdashi with great pomp. This time, Anant Chaturdashi is on September 1 to immerse Bappa.
Ganesh festival was also shown in Karachi, Pakistan. Large pandals in the temple, devotees performing conch shells, women wearing red bangles in the traditional dress of Maharashtra singing aarti and devotees performing bhajan-kirtans. Devotees were seen flocking to the hymn 'Morya re Bappa Morya re ...' here. Over 800 Maharashtrian families living on the Jinnah Marg of Karachi have been celebrating the Ganpati festival for years. The festival is celebrated in Ratneshwar Mahadev Temple, Ganesh Math Temple, and Swami Narayan Temple.
Ganeshotsav started 76 years ago
The Ganesh festival was started 76 years ago by Krishna Naik. They settled in Karachi after Partition. After Krishna, his son Rajesh Naik and now his new generation is carrying on this tradition. Rajesh Naik, son of Krishna Naik and the people involved in the festival, says that this confluence of reverence and devotion gives us energy throughout the year.
Vishal Rajput, a social activist from Karachi and a member of the Karachi Marathi Community, says that mere participation in the festival gives us confidence that Bappa will protect us in every way. This is the reason that Karachi has the highest number of devotees in the whole of Pakistan.
Rajesh Naik himself creates the idol
Rajesh, son of Krishna Naik, who started the tradition of Ganeshotsav, takes orders and makes statues. Now devotees also make the idol at home. Large-scale sculptures are also sourced from Dubai, but this time not due to corona.
Muslim families are also included
Vishal Rajput said that a large number of Hindus live in Karachi. Every year a procession of Ganapati comes out from MA Jinnah Marg, but till now there has been no conflict between the people of the two communities. Whenever there is an atmosphere of tension in India and Pakistan, it has no effect here. Here Muslim families also participate in this festival.