Ganpati Bappa Morya!

II Om Gan-Ganapataye Namaha II

How many of us know why we always say .. “ Ganpati Bappa Morya”?

In the 14th century, there lived a man by the name of Morya Gosavi near Chinchwad, Pune. His unshakeable and unending devotion pleased the Lord so much that he granted him a wish. It was Gosavi’s wish that whenever Ganpati is referred to, his name should be remembered as well! So, Ganpati Bappa Morya! Such was the inseparable relation between a Devotee with his God!

Lord Ganesha is the symbol of intelligence, wisdom and learning. “Ga” symbolises intellect, “Na” is Vidnyana or wisdom. This big-bellied God with four arms and the head of a one-tusked elephant is the remover of all obstacles and therefore considered extremely auspicious in Hindu Mythology.

The Ganesh Festival is celebrated with great fervour in India after the month of Shravan ends. Thousands of people flock the famous Ganpati temples like Siddhivinayak in Prabhadevi, DagduSheth Ganpati in Pune, the Titwala Ganpati or the Lalbaugcha Raja in Mumbai to seek the Divine Lord’s blessings.

I myself try and take the darshan of at least 5 Ganpatis on the 1st day. Have put together the pictures of some of the lovely ones I saw yesterday. May Ganpati Bappa shower his blessings on you and your family always!

Inked!

You are art

You are all heart

You are soul

All that makes you whole

You are one of a kind

A woman that’s hard to find

You are art, and don’t let anyone make you believe otherwise!

Every person is a complete work of art in himself, and don’t let anyone or anything undermine your confidence, ever!

One Rainy Day

Zipping past through the window were scenes right out of a painting! Serene, green, calm, flowing, rushing, gushing….panoramas of shades, textures, vivid hues of greens, browns, blues and greys. A train journey…taking you through a labyrinth of thoughts, when you are alone to contemplate on the deeper meaning of life? Really? Do thoughts follow a sequence? Or are they haphazard? Does one consciously think one thought after another? Do we follow a train of thoughts? Or do they simply rush through your brain? Like the scenes outside the window? In a hurry to reach a conclusion or a so-called destination?

The water droplets on the window pane are playing catching-cook with each other… one catching the other, the other escaping from the clutches of the third, the third merging happily with the fourth! I’m engrossed… my thoughts are doing the same…Playing catching-cook.

The Tiger Yawns

Tiger, tiger shining bright! This truly magnificent creature was shot in the Bangkok, Thailand Zoo. Sadly, the number of this fiercely proud and beautiful creation of God is diminishing in India as well. The brute strength and the power of a live tiger, felt even from inside an enclosure, is enough to give you goose bumps. If our future generations are to witness this animal in all its beauty, drastic steps need to be taken to keep this species from getting extinct slowly.

The Tiger Yawns

Tiger, tiger shining bright! This truly magnificent creature was shot in the Bangkok, Thailand Zoo. Sadly, the number of this fiercely proud and beautiful creation of God is diminishing in India as well. The brute strength and the power of a live tiger, felt even from inside an enclosure, is enough to give you goose bumps. If our future generations are to witness this animal in all its beauty, drastic steps need to be taken to keep this species from getting extinct slowly.

The Big Ben, London

Elizabeth Tower, or popularly known as the Big Ben, is one of the most iconic landmarks and a must see when in London. The massive bell which is inside the tower is technically the Big Ben, weighing more than 13 tons! A trip to Westminster will show you the Houses of Parliament, the Big Ben, the London Eye, all on the lovely Thames. This is my favourite capture of the Big Ben against a blue, oh so blue sky! One of the first things you notice when you land at Heathrow airport on a clear day, is the absolute blueness of the sky, seen only in a bottle of colour, here in India, especially in Mumbai! The sky looks so clear and near, that you feel as if you can touch it if you extend your hand up!

The London Eye

So many pictures have been shot of this iconic structure…from where you get a fabulous 360 degrees view of London… including the Big Ben, the business parks and of course, the beautiful Thames! This picture was taken when the sun was playing hide and seek with the clouds as usual, before we got drenched in one of the famous London showers!!!

Taken from underneath the London Eye, the size of the structure is to be seen to be believed. The spokes of this marvellous piece of engineering proved to be a frame for the canvas of my eye. Almost like abstract art!

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