Late August or early September, depending on the cycle of the moon, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with the biggest spectacle taking place on the last day called Anant Chaturdasi day. The fever of festivities gripped the city when one such event is celebrated in Bareilly with great fervour.
This spectacular festival Ganesh Chaturthi also known as Vinayak Chaturthi honours the birth of the beloved Hindu elephant-headed god, Lord Ganesha, popularly worshiped for his ability to remove obstacles and bring good fortune, the God of Wisdom and Prosperity of Hindu mythology.
Ganesh Vandana marked the commendable beginning of the event followed by other rituals that took place after that. A statue of Lord Ganesh was installed, a ceremony was undertaken to invoke his holy presence into the statue. This ritual is called the Pranapratishhtha Puja, amidst chanting of Shlokas. Following this a special worship was performed. Offerings of sweets, flowers, rice, coconut, jaggery and coins were made to the God. The statue is also anointed with red chandan powder. Prayers were offered to Lord Ganesha.
An incalculable number of devotees participated in the event. Later devotional, blissful, ecclesiastical, divine, sacerdotal, religious bhajans were sung none other by the DJJS team prepared for the Bhajan Sandhya and peaceful, serene, clerical, religious thoughts were also delivered during the event to explain the real truth behind the singing of devotional songs and celebration of the divine evening.