Mangaluru, August 24, 2017: Traffic jams; markets bursting with shoppers, vendors and goods are a normal sight for any festival in Mangaluru city. But with Ganesh Chaturthi being one of the most important festivals, it can be quite a maddening effort to either get home after shopping or getting into the market.
The surrounding areas of Central Market, Car Street and other places have been drenched in a riot of colours with vendors busy trading a variety of colourful flowers and vegetables on Saturday, August 24th.
Vinayaka Chaturthi falls on Bhadrapada Shukla Chaturthi as per Hindu calendar, which is August 25 this year. Idols are kept for five days at Sangh Niketan and KSRTC, Nehru Maidan for seven days in the city, whereas there are some who continue to perform puja for ten days, before immersing the idols.
Artistes located at Mannagudda, Car Street, and Gollarakery are well-known for their skill at making these idols are busy giving finishing touches to the Ganesh idols.
As per Hindu Mythology, Lord Ganesha was born during Madhyahna Kala or the Mid-Day. Therefore, Ganesh Sthapana and Puja is considered auspicious during this time. Ganesh Sthapana is completed by Ganesh Puja or Shodashpachara Ganapati Puja according to Vedic rituals. The Shubh Muhurat to bring Ganesha Home and perform the Ganesh Puja from 11:06AM to 13:39PM on August 25th 2017.