Mysore

City all set to welcome Gowri- Ganesha

With Gowri-Ganesha festival round the corner, the prices of flowers are expected to hit the roof as festive fever grips Mysuru this weekend. With two festivals – Gowri and Ganesha _ this Sunday and Monday, the prices of the already expensive flowers are expected to double. The prices of some of the vegetables have shown a surge compared to last year.

On Saturday morning, people thronged the markets to buy various items for the festivals. Business establishments and small shops have been doing a roaring business ahead of the Ganesha festival with a large number of people thronging the market places every day.

However, the collapse of a portion of Devaraja Market has proved terrible for the vendors, though a makeshift arrangement was made to them by the district administration.

About the festival: The festival is usually observed in the lunar month of Bhadrapada (a Hindu month) Shukla paksha chaturthi (fourth day of the waxing moon period). The main attractions of the festival are the idols of Ganapati and Gowri which is a visual treat to watch out for, in the markets. Clay Ganeshas are the talk of the town these days to save the environment from further destruction. Ganesha festival which was a local festival was brought to the national level by Lokamanya Tilak for the Indian protest against British rule.

Environmental Issues: The most serious impact of the Ganesha festival on the natural environment is due to the immersion of idols made of Plaster of Paris into lakes, rivers and the sea. The chemical paints used to adorn these idols are harmful. The district administration, police department and many voluntary organisations are trying their best to create awareness about serious issue.

And don’t forget not to look at the moon on this day as legend has it that the moon satirized Lord Ganesha and he cursed him in turn that whoever sees the moon on this day would be cursed.

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