GUWAHATI: In a fusion of cultures and traditions, Lord Ganesha, traditionally celebrated with grandeur in Maharashtra, is fast becoming a beloved icon in the heart of Assam, particularly in the sacred land of Maa Kamakhya.
Once synonymous solely with the vibrant streets of Mumbai, Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations have been gradually gaining popularity in the Northeast over the past few years. This cultural exchange has led to the emergence of new and innovative puja committees dedicated to welcoming Lord Ganesha with open arms.
Among these, the Ganesh Puja organised by the Lal Ganesh Ganesh Chaturthi Celebration Committee in Guwahati stands out as the premier choice for city dwellers. Every year, this committee captures the imagination of its audience with its creative and unique decorations adorning the mandap.
Situated at the Odalbakra Road Kalimandir Temple, this celebration has been a focal point of religious devotion since its inception. During the days of the puja, the temple attracts thousands of visitors, drawn not only by their devotion but also by the captivating themes displayed year after year.
This year marks the committee’s 10th anniversary, a testament to its growing popularity. What sets this committee apart is its commitment to outdoing itself with each passing year, making the celebration bigger and more splendid. Visitors can also indulge in special catering arrangements, partake in aarti ceremonies, and enjoy cultural programmes that add to the festivities.
One of the highlights of the cultural programmes is the participation of artists from Assam and neighbouring states, who enchant the audience with their captivating performances. These cultural showcases have become an integral part of the puja days, adding a rich layer of artistic expression to the festivities.