Ganesh Chaturthi (13 Sep)
On the joyous occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi on 13th September, 2018, I send my heartiest greetings and good wishes to the people of Goa.
Ganesh Chaturthi is a festival celebrated to honour the birth of Lord Ganesha with great enthusiasm and gaiety throughout the state and country. Lord Ganesha, as we all know, is celebrated as the god of all good beginnings and is worshiped at the start of any ritual or ceremony as he is known to ward off evil, remove obstacles and bring prosperity. Lord Ganesha is known as the Lord of arts and sciences and the epitome of wisdom.
The practice of worshipping the Ganesha idol during the festival in our homes brings a different level of joy and contentment in our minds. In Goa it is one of the biggest festivals celebrated with true fervor and zeal. As I see the ‘Sarvajanik Ganesh' idols, worshipped at every nook and corner in our state during this festival, it only shows the unity and harmony of Goa. Such Sarvajanik Utsav (mass celebrations), was 1st started by freedom fighter Lokmanya Tilak. The leader saw the need to unite Indians more and realized nothing can bond people more than a common idol, equally worshipped by all. He popularized Ganesh Chaturthi as a national festival 'to bridge the gap between the people from different religions, castes, social backgrounds and status’. Thus, the festival served as a meeting place for common people of all castes and communities where everyone participated with great excitement.
Hence, a festival like Ganesh Chaturthi is an appropriate occasion to promote goodwill, friendship and unity among the people, which will enable us to maintain the harmony and amity in the State.
31st August, 2018. Governor of Goa