Here I lie on my bed, recollecting on how, one peaceful Sunday I’ve nearly spent. Then! as though I’ve jinxed my own thought process, I hear, “ aaj blue hai pani pani” on full bass on the streets of my house. This followed by more such similar songs, ”Moore mooru peg-ige” , “yare neenu roja hoove”, “puchiku”, “color color”, along with DJ and trance music at mind numbing decibels.
I run out to see what all the jangle is about, to witness a crowd of (? tripping) youth, dancing for drum beats by a desi band who were following them. The band music had amazing dance notes I agree. As I wonder what the occasion is, I see a towering record deck on a tractor that was emanating those songs in super bass move past my house. It still doesn’t click to me what the occasion is, because in my head i’ m done with Vinayaka Chaturthi 2 days back. What made me realize it was Ganapathi visarjan was the Ganesha idol on another tractor behind the record deck with hardly any people on that vehicle.
I’m sure anybody viewing the procession from the opposite end will see any of the Ganesha idol behind all the accessories for visarjan.
Whatever happened to the old cultural traditional concept of ganapathi visarjan I wonder exasperated, after it took the whole procession 20 mins to cover the street. Where is the sanctity in the ritual? What on earth were they dancing for? Was there even a single song that was devotional? Why so much noise pollution?
I haven’t yet mulled on my own questions, and here comes another procession with the same state of affairs. Now, my only thought, why do so many people have to install Ganesha idols in every nook and corner of the neighborhood? Can’t we have one single Ganesha installed and do visarjan meaningfully?