Friday, September 25, 2015

Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations: Day 9 | Ganpati Pandal Darshan | Common Man's Superhero Ganesha.

|| Yelkot Yelkot Jay Malhar ||

Glory to the Destroyer of Demons!

~ Sung by devotees in praise to the God Khandoba.

Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations: Day 9 | Ganpati Pandal Darshan | Superhero Gad Khandobacha Ganesha:

Riding a feisty horse and carrying a sharp khanda or sword in His hand,

Our Superhero Ganesha today draws inspiration from a very significant, mythical and famous pilgrimage site in Maharashtra, located 40 kms from Pune, on the Saswad route - The Khandoba shrine in Jejuri dedicated to Hindu God Khandoba also known as Martanda Bhairava and Malhari, worshipped as a form of Shiva and the patron deity of many a families belonging to the Dhangar (Shepherd) community of the region.


Here, we see Ganesha donning the hat of Khandoba to essay His courageous character of a valiant warrior. He carries a Khanda or a mighty sword to ward off all evils (khandan karne in Marathi) in a bid to protect His followers like me and you from all demons and dangers.


The backdrop of the Ganesha portraits frames of history reminding one of the various stories related to Khandoba and the place of His divine residence, Jejuri. In the impressive picture collage, one can spot the magnificent temple that looks more like an impregnable fort and a horse with turmeric sprinkled all around among other related images.


"Courage is being scared to death... and saddling up anyway."
- John Wayne

|| Yelkot Yelkot Jay Malhar ||

PS.: This year, come along with me for Ganesh Pandal darshan from Mumbai on My Yatra Diary... visiting the very friendly Ganesha, peeping into one pandal each day.



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7 comments:

  1. Yelkot Yelkot Jay Malhar. Ganapati as Khandoba is amazing creation. Thanks Arti for the information about Khandoba also. Didn't know about Khandan Karne. :)

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  2. Oh, my dear friend Arti, be sure I will come along!! I miss that festival- what wonderful vivid moving craziness it is:-) Love your post, and looking forward to more:-)

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  3. I thoroughly enjoy reading these ganesh chaturthi posts (of course for the pictures!) and I am so happy so many of them are being written presently :D

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  4. Awesome photos
    Arti, Thank you so much for your post.

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  5. Ganesha looks so majestic and awesome!!!
    Loved the pics and of course your post!!! :)

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  6. Loved the pics and the post too..!! Well written as always.

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