Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies (SIMS) celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi on 25th of August 217 and visarjan was done on 26th of August 2017.

Ganesh Chaturthi, marking the birth of Lord Ganesha, is one of the most celebrated festivals in India. The idol of Lord Ganesha is brought to the place of worship in a huge procession with a lot of pomp and ceremony. Ganesh Chaturthi is often celebrated in social circles or homes. It dates back to the Pre Independence era when Balgangadhar Tilak started Sarvajanik Ganesh Utsav in Maharashtra to promote unity. Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi on 25th of August 2017. 

SIMS is a second home to 600+ students and all of them come together to celebrate this auspicious moment. The celebrations began at 10AM with the arrival of the Shrimant Morya Vaadyapathak mandali which had drummers of all ages. Watching the children perform with such gusto and devotion was quite a sight. The entire campus had dressed up for the occasion in Marathmoli sarees and Fetas.

The rains welcomed the procession, making the entire atmosphere even more festive. The Ganesha idol was placed on an altar lovingly decorated by the students followed by a puja (prayer) wherein all the faculty, staff and student managers payed their respects. The day was concluded with Rangoli, mehndi making and a variety of other activities. The entire event wad specially curated for the students and by the students. The students witnessed chanting of “Atharva Shirsha” in the evening which added to the sanctity of the festival.

The following day an eloborate arti in the morning was followed by visarjan in the evening in Aundh, Pune where the devotees bid Him adeiu with the famous phrase “Pudhlya Varshi Lavkar Ya” (Come soon next year)

Write-up Courtesy: Nidhi Gopal, MBA Batch 2017-2019, SIMS

Picture Courtesy: Joshua Fernandez