Tuesday, 2 September 2008
Welcome Ganesha, Welcome to My City of Mumbai
Ganeshutsav in Mumbai city is earmarked by the elaborate decorations and all wadis, lanes or sarvajanik mandals, as they are called, are dancing with joy.
There is sweet fragrance in the air and the good vibrations everywhere.
The famous Lal Baug cha Raja will welcome and bless more than one million visitors.
Adorned with jewellerys and fine clothing, he sure looks like a King.
SALUTATIONS to Lord Ganesha who is Brahman Himself, who is the Supreme Lord, who is the energy of Lord Shiva, who is the source of all bliss, and who is the bestowed of all virtuous qualities and success in all undertakings.
Mushikavaahana modaka hastha,
Chaamara karna vilambitha sutra,
Vaamana rupa maheshwara putra,
Vighna vinaayaka paada namasthe
MEANING: "O Lord Vinayaka! The remover of all obstacles, the son of Lord Shiva, with a form which is very short, with mouse as Thy vehicle, with sweet pudding in hand, with wide ears and long hanging trunk, I prostrate at Thy lotus-like Feet!"
The name "Bombay" was derived from 'Bom Bahia' (The Good Bay),
.... a name given by Portuguese sailor Francis Almeida, in 1508 ....“Bounce back Mumbai” .....as it is called by the locals, it is a city that has been through a lot in the recent past – floods, bomb blasts, riots – and come out stronger each time.
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