Ganaraya has been my guest for 11 years
Sharad Malhotra told that I have been bringing Ganpati to my house for many years. This is my 11th year. I feel very attached to Lord Ganesha, the euphoria that erupts in the city during the festival is unparalleled. I am very excited this year. My mother has specially come from Kolkata for this festival. It is one and a half day’s Ganpati at our house. I will celebrate it with my family and close friends. Since this is the time of pandemic, everyone should follow the protocol.
Bappa always removed my obstacles
Delnaaz Irani said that I have always been a fan of Lord Ganesha. Being a girl from South Bombay I know that Ganesh Chaturthi means a whole culture. Which is celebrated with great gaiety, love, colors and music. I have great faith in Bappa. He has always been taking away my obstacles. One day I thought that I should also bring Ganpati Bappa to my house. This was 2 yrs ago. This will be the third year that we will have Ganpati at home. We do aarti regularly and follow all the rituals. Friends and family members keep coming to our house for one and a half days.
I was born on Ganesh Chaturthi
Shiney Doshi told that every year I have two birthdays, one according to the date which falls on Ganesh Chaturthi and the other on the day of the birthday. Initially I also used to bring Ganpati home, but later I got so busy with work that I am not able to bring him home. One thing I would like to point out is that when I was born, I didn’t have an ear, there was only skin, the ear had no shape and it was gray in colour. That ear of mine is a little bigger than the other ear. When I was born, everyone was saying that Ganesh ji has come home. As I grew older, my ears took shape and the color became more natural. This year I am traveling on Ganesh Chaturthi. I want to pray that Bappa please come this year and take this covid away from us.
This time I am bringing 5 days Ganpati
Avinash Mukherjee said that I am very excited about Ganeshotsav. This year for the first time I will bring Ganpati for 5 days. Earlier, every year I used to bring only one and a half day’s Ganpati. I am very excited. People are better now than last year, many people are recovering, life is getting back to normal, people are getting jobs again. This festival has great importance in my family. Many relatives and family members come home to see Bappa. Bappa has to be brought home for five days and celebrate this festival with as much enthusiasm as possible.
Take Bappa Kovid away from us
Arpit Ranka told that Ganeshotsav is special for me, because my eldest son was born on Ganesh Chaturthi. I have been in Mumbai for the last 18 years, but 4 years ago we went to actor Parag Tyagi’s house during Ganpati and my wife Nidhi told me why not start this too. Since then every year Ganpati Bappa visits our house for 2 days, this year we are bringing Bal Ganpati in the house. During this time I forget my diet and eat a lot of modak, which is my favorite sweet. This year also we have to be careful. Cases are increasing again, so we need to be cautious. Hope and pray to Bappa to remove covid from our lives.
Bappa has been coming home since before I was born
Gaurav S Bajaj said that I am very fortunate that whenever Bappa comes, he always gives me something or the other. This year already I have got the wonderful wedding song Dholna. Last year, my wife and I had made an idol of Ganpati with our own hands in our hometown, it was eco friendly. We worked very hard on this. After the immersion of the idol, a Tulsi plant was planted in its soil. When I was not even born, for almost 38 years, Ganpati comes to our house for 11 days. This year I am going to my hometown Indore. This year we have planned to bring such a Ganesh ji, which we got 6 years back. Actually there is a famous temple of Indore, where Ganpati is not immersed but kept, so we bring him back and worship him.
This time shooting for Ganeshotsav
Parul Chaudhary told that this time during Bappa’s arrival I will be busy shooting as I am doing two shows but I will definitely try to meet my close friends, worship their Ganpati and eat prasad. The celebration of the festival will be a little less. This is also important due to the current COVID scenario, as safety comes first. Bappa also wants us to be safe. I just want to pray to Bappa that we get out of the situation of covid soon and start normal life.
I get emotional during immersion
Sonali Nikam said that since I regained consciousness, I have seen Bappa sitting in his house for five days. Yes, last year due to Kovid, we celebrated it with restraint, otherwise it always used to be different in its arrival, stay and immersion. In childhood, we used to immerse Ganpati and grandmother’s Ganpati together and then we used to celebrate it in very big groups. I used to get very emotional during immersion. I am from Mumbai and being a Maharashtrian, I am familiar with the unique glory of Ganeshotsav.
Coming to Mumbai from shooting for Ganpati
Akshay Mhatre told that we have always been celebrating Ganeshotsav in our home town. This time it will be our second year at our home in Navi Mumbai, when we are bringing one and a half day Ganpati. I am shooting in Jaipur, but coming to Mumbai specially for Ganpati. After celebrating it with full devotion and gaiety and after immersion, I will return to the shoot.