Ganesha goes hitech With major Ganesh pandals in the city launching their own websites, the Lord gets tech savvy this year

Lord Ganesha will trot the globe on a new ‘mouse’ this year. Following the trend in places like Mumbai and Pune, major Ganesh pandals in Hyderabad too, have made their presence felt on the World Wide Web through their sites. From making online darshans and placing puja requests, to watching live video feed and updated photo galleries, your Ganesh fix this Vinayaka Chaturthi is just a click way!

These sites will only make things easier for Hyderabadi devotees this year, says S Rajkumar, organizing secretary, of Ganesh Utsav Committee, Khairatabad, that was founded in 1954. “Over the last 57 years, the crowd that the Khairatabad Ganesh has attracted is only increasing with each passing year. The serpentine queues grow longer each year and due to the rush, darshans have become shorter. My family couldn’t get darshan for more than a minute or two last year. That’s when I decided to start the website,” he says.

People can watch the live videos of Khairatabad Ganesh and offer prayers at the pandal by just shooting off an email. “If people mail us their names and details of their gotra, etc., we get puja performed for free for them. The site also has a photo gallery with photographs of our Ganesh idols clicked in the last 57 years, including several rare black and white ones. The real time video feed will go online shortly before the festival starts,” he adds.


The website’s home page also gives a sneak-peek into the design of this year’s Khairatabad Ganesh. “The idol will be 50-feet tall and Lord Ganesh will be seated on the garuda vahanam (eagle) perched on a globe,” adds Rajkumar.
Youth and colony associations that install pandals and organize pujas in their respective localities have already launched websites for their associations and respective Ganesh pandals. Take for instance Devi Nagar Youth Association (DNYA) from Kavadigua that has its own website. Tenugu Praveen Kumar of DNYA, says, “On the site, people can view the day’s schedule, pujas, competitions we organize for kids and other events that are part of the festival. Viewers can surf through the photo gallery and even follow us on Twitter. We currently have 353 followers.”

Even the Balapur Ganesh, famous for the laddoo which is auctioned for lakhs of rupees every year, boasts of a website for sending greetings, along with wallpaper and prayer downloads. Besides the pandal sites, there are other sites too that are making an impact. There’s a dedicated page on a social networking site called ‘Ganesh Festivals in Hyderabad and Secunderabad’, which already has 864 followers and shared devotional songs, videos and RSS feeds and blogs on the city’s pandals.

Ganapati associations too, are all for city Ganeshas making their presence felt on the Net. G Hanumanth Rao, chairman, Ganesh Diksha, says, “It is cool to worship the God online and even watch pandal videos . No matter what the medium, devotion is what counts.”

Source from Hyderabad Times

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Devinagar youth has lost a humble soul today

Devinagar youth has lost a humble soul today i.e., on 08-09-2010. Mr. Naresh Kumar J was born on 24th Dec  1979. Though not a PG holder in academics; Naresh was a more than a post grad in understanding the importance of humanity, friendship, relationships and the responsibilities. He was a very kind, caring and a God fearing person.  

He has done his schooling from Queens High School (Kinder Garden to 6th) and later changed to Wesley Boys to complete his schooling. He joined Intermediate in St.Thomas Junior College (Narayanaguda) and started his career in retail segment with Genesis and Basics at Himayat Nagar continuing his education. He joined Ambedkar Open University to complete his Graduation in the year 2002. With his interest and passion in fashion industry he joined Reevs – a complete ethnic and customized costume designer store at Banjara Hills as a personal costume maker in 2004 to learn more about the fashion and changing trends. He resigned Reevs in 2010 June and planned to setup his dream ‘Creative Minds’ – a complete one stop service desk for his fashion crazy customers.

Changing the meaning of ‘Helping people help themselves’ in a helpless situation this helping hand has left us alone in an unfortunate accident at 7:00 PM on 08-09-2010.

At this point in time we all convey our deep condolences and pray God to give his family enough strength to pass through this situation.

Who popularized Ganesh Chaturthi as a national festival?

Till 1893, Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations were a private affair, not done on a public scale. People used to celebrate it in a traditional manner. It was Lokmanya Tilak who popularized Ganesh Chaturthi as a national festival, after visualizing its cultural importance. The reason for this was to enhance the sense of belongingness as well as togetherness among the citizens. It was also done with an aim to build a new grassroots unity between the Brahmins and the non-Brahmins.

History
Ganesh Chaturthi was an important festival during the Peshwa rule in Maharashtra. It acquired a more organized form all over India during the Swaraj movement, when Lord Ganesha was chosen as a rallying point for protest against British rule, because of his wide appeal as “the God for Everyman”. One of Tilak’s strongest movements to evoke nationalism, through religious passions, was the organization of Ganesh Chaturthi in Maharashtra, which inspired feelings of Hindu unity in the state.

Bal Gangadhar Tilak was the first person to install large public images of Ganesha in pavilions and he was the one who established the practice of submerging all the public images on the tenth day of the festival. Ganesh Chaturthi soon started seeing community participation and involvement, in the form of cultural events. It also served as a meeting point for common people of all castes and communities, at a time when social and political gatherings were forbidden by the British Rule.

Meaning of Ganapati

‘Ga’ symbolises Buddhi (intellect), ‘Na’ stands for Vijnana (wisdom). So, Ganapati is the master of Buddhi and Vijnana. The universe is sustained by Ganas (gods) and Ganapati is their master. In this world, everybody has a master, but Ganapati has none. He is a master by himself. This is the birthday of the Master of Masters. Ganapati is also called Mooshika Vahana (one who has a mouse as his vehicle). You may wonder how a small mooshika can carry on its back a hefty personality like Vinayaka. Here mooshika does not mean a mere mouse. It symbolises the darkness of ignorance because it is in darkness that the mouse moves about. Hence, Mooshika Vahana is one who subdues ignorance and dispels darkness. It is only when we understand the inner significance of the Vinayaka principle that we will be able to celebrate Vinayaka Chaturthi properly.

Vinayaka is also called Vighneswara (remover of obstacles). No obstacle can come in the way of one who prays to Vinayaka. Worship of Vinayaka confers success in spiritual as well as worldly endeavours. God grants happiness at two levels, Pravritti (outward) and Nivritti (inward). Pravritti is related to physical body whereas Nivritti to intellect. The former undergoes change with the passage of time, whereas the latter remains unchanged. Hence, one should try to reduce body attachment with proper food and habits.

Today people perform Vinayaka worship without actually understanding its significance. Vinayaka symbolises the qualities of a true leader in all aspects. “Viyate Nayake Iti Vinayaka” meaning, He is a master unto Himself. In this world Vinayaka is worshipped by many. However, Vinayaka does not worship anyone as He has no master above Him. Even Easwara, the father, worships His son Vinayaka, but it does not happen the other way.

Repentance is the basis for the glorious life that follows. To recognize this truth, you worship Lord Vigneshwara.

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Devinagar Youth Association was formed in 1978 by the youth of our colony comprising social workers, dramatists, stage artists, enthusiastic and outstanding personalities with potential to exhibit their talents in promoting cultural and social activities.  We have also demonstrated and exhibited our artistic talents under this banner at different occasions in our colony attracting large number of people spell bound. We always stood as volunteers in the fore front for the noble cause of donating blood at various occasions sponsored by Gandhinagar police station and other social organization of the twin cities.

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About Devinagar Youth Association

Devi Nagar Youth Association was formed in 1978 by the youth of our colony comprising social workers, dramatists, stage artists, enthusiastic and outstanding personalities with potential to exhibit their talents in promoting cultural and social activities.

We have also demonstrated and exhibited our artistic talents under this banner at different occasions in our colony attracting large number of people spell bound. We always stood as volunteers in the fore front for the noble cause of donating blood at various occasions sponsored by Gandhinagar police station and other social organization of the twin cities.

Recognizing the merits in our youth, some of our youth have been chosen as maitri members of Gandhinagar police station to cooperate with them in maintaining law and order in a harmonious way.

We spontaneously participated in disaster management with cash and kind in the recent flood occurred at Kurnool district.

Obtaining the guidance of elderly persons and senior citizens of our colony at every stage while pursuing with our programs is always our paramount concern. With this outlook, we were able to mobilize reasonable numbers of youth of our colony into the fold of our activities.

One of the prominent activities of our association is celebrating Independence Day and Republic day in a ceremonial and disciplined manner. We invite one of the distinguished personalities on this occasion to hoist the National flag with National Anthem. We also conduct sports and games competition by the children of our colony. We exorbitantly exhibit our patriotism and national integrity on these occasions.

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