On the auspicious occasion of Anant Chaturdashi, grand Bhandara was organized by Helping Hands for Humanity and Rambaug Powai Welfare Society for Powai Jheel Ka Raja ‘Ganpati Bappa’. Thousands of devotees had Mahaprasad seeking beloved Bappa’s blessings. This year the Bhandara was even more special as it completed 25 years of selfless service and devotion.The event saw large number of volunteers working selflessly to serve food to one and all. The vibrancy, energy and devotion of the volunteers added to the spirit of the festival.
The platform was used to spread awareness of the harmful practices adopted by us to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi causing enormous harm to the environment. In the course of 10 days, multiple Plaster of Paris idols are immersed in the lake water polluting it. The day after immersion, lot of shattered, broken idols and waste is seen around the lake. It is high time we collectively assess our religious practices and take a conscious call to prevent any further harm and destruction to Bappa’s nature and environment. For sure, Bappa also would not want his devotees to worship Him like this.
Festivals are meant to bring us together, promote oneness and spread happiness. Celebrating the festival for its true spirit, the day brought everyone together regardless of their faith, religion, caste or social and economic status. Together, let us pledge to save our environment, spread happiness and practices that are safe for our generations to come. Together, we can!
As far as there are people who care for His creation, there is hope for a better future…a better world!