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Lalbaugcha Raja - Other Festival

Janmashtami

The birth of the famous Lord Krishna is celebrated as Janmashtami, by Hindus. Dahi Handi is a popular ceremony, celebrated with lot of enthusiasm and glee. Dahi Handi is an enactment of Lord Krishna's efforts to steal butter from Matka (earthen pot) suspended from the ceiling.

Dahi Handi generally takes place on the second day of Janmashtami. An earthen pot containing a mixture of curd or milk, dry fruits etc are hung around 20-30 feet high in the air with the help of a rope. Coins are hung along with the rope, which are later distributed as prize to the winners. Enthusiastic young people, form a human pyramid by standing one on top of the other, trying to break the pot. The group of such people is called a “GOVINDA PATHAK”. Onlookers throw water on the young people in order to prevent them from breaking the pot. Breaking of the pot is followed by prize distribution. Devotees believe that the broken pieces of earthen pot will keep away mice and negative powers from their homes. Dahi Handi is celebrated with fervor, especially in Mumbai. The members of the Govinda Pathak yell 'Aala re aala, Govinda aala' during the ceremony.

Janmashtami is performed by the Mandal in the Hanuman temple. A Dahi Handi is kept open to break for Govindas.


Navratrotsav

The festival of Navratri (nav = nine and ratri = nights) lasts for 9 days with three days each devoted to worship of Maa Durga, the Goddess of Valor, Maa Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Maa Saraswati, the Goddess of Knowledge. During the nine days of Navratri, feasting and fasting take precedence over all normal daily activities amongst the Hindus. Evenings give rise to the religious dances in order to worship Goddess Durga Maa.

The 9 nights’ festival of Navratri begins on the first day of the bright fortnight of Ashwina. Seeds are sown, sprouting is watched, the planets are consecrated, and on the 8th and 9th days, Goddess Durga, Vijayashtami and Mahanavami are worshipped. The day after Navratri i.e. the 10th day after Ashwina, is Dussera which celebrates the victory of lord Rama over Ravana.

During these 9 days, POOJA-ARCHA (Religious Rituals) of Ambe Maa are performed by the Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal. On the 8th day, “HOM” (Holy Fire) is performed. During these 9 days, various competitions are held by the Mandal for local residents. The competitions include educational as well as outdoor competitions.


Palakhi (Palequin) procession

A Palakhi Procession of Lord Hanuman is carried out by Mandal on 1st May of every year. The procession starts at Hanuman temple, takes a route which includes Sane Guruji Marg, Dattaram Lad Marg , Dr. Ambedkar Marg, Saibaba Path, Dr. S. S. Rao Marg, and ends at Hanuman temple. All the temples en-route are visited during the procession. A historical scene is also enacted along with the procession.


CC (Preaching week)

Kirtan (Preaching) is considered as an effective way for imparting spiritual knowledge. Mandal organizes Kirtan Saptah between Ram Navmi (9th day of Bright fortnight of Chaitra) and Hanuman Jayanti (Full-moon day of Chaitra). Eminent Kirtankars (Preachers) are invited during this week. Residents particularly senior persons do not miss this opportunity to hear some spiritual lectures during these days.



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