On the joyous occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, I convey my heartiest greetings and warm wishes to the people of Goa.
2. Lord Ganesh occupies a special place in the pantheon of Gods. He has been conferred the honour of first among the Gods. Therefore, any important event or puja begins first with Ganesh Puja. He is also known as Vighneshwar who is the remover of all obstacles and the Lord of success. He is, therefore, a very popular God, loved and worshipped by everyone with equal zeal. It is for this reason that Lokmanya Tilak who dominated the freedom struggle prior to 1920, decided to popularize Ganesh Chaturthi as a National Festival with the objective of uniting all the people of India. He began Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav as a community event that serves as a meeting place for all irrespective of caste and community.
3. Ganesh Chaturthi is thus a unique and popular festival promoting amity, social harmony and mutual understanding. The festival reaffirms our faith in the principle of unity in diversity. The celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi in Goa by all communities with so much of devotion and enthusiasm epitomises the unity and spiritual harmony of Goan society.
4. This year, the Government has cautioned people that festival should be celebrated in accordance with Covid appropriate behaviour. I would like to urge all the people of Goa to strictly follow health protocols and stay safe and healthy.
5. On this auspicious occasion, may Lord Ganesh bestow his grace on every household and bless one and all with abundant wisdom, success, happiness and prosperity.
P.S. Sreedharan Pillai
Governor of Goa
8th September, 2021