PANAJI: Governor of Goa Shri. P. S. Sreedharan Pillai has extended greetings on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi to the people of Goa.
Governor, in his message, said that Lord Ganesh is a deeply venerated God, loved and worshipped by everyone with equal zeal. Lokmanya Tilak had observed that Lord Ganesh is “the God of everyman”. Hence, the Ganesh festival is a very popular festival. Tilak made the festival a National Symbol of Unity. During this festival time, one can see ‘Sarvajanik Ganesh idols, worshipped at every nook and corner of many States including Goa. The “Sarvajanik Ganesh Utsav” serves as a meeting place for all communities irrespective of caste and community.
The Governor further said “This festival is the time of family reunion, when all the members of the family wherever they may be located, return to their ancestral home to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi with grandeur, solemnity and devotion. It is an occasion for the preparation of delicious varieties of sweets loved by Lord Ganesh, and many things that are produced from the earth are used to decorate the idol in a colourful and bright manner. It is indeed a great joy for anyone to be part of this unique celebration that strengthens amity, social harmony and mutual understanding. This festival epitomises the unity and spiritual harmony of Goa”.
On this joyous occasion, may Lord Ganesh shower choicest blessings on the people of Goa and may this occasion bring renewed peace, happiness and prosperity to all, the Governor concluded.