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Old September 2nd, 2011, 03:00 AM
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Thumbs up Anna being worshipped at Ganesh pandals

KANPUR: The Anna wave continues to grip the 'aam aadmi'. This was witnessed at Ganesh pandals here. The pandals had pictures of Anna Hazare.

At almost every pandal, photos of Hazare are on display. Banners and posters containing messages against corruption are also placed.

When the idols of Lord Ganesha were invoked and rituals performed by the priests, Hazare was also worshipped. Those coming to the pandals were initially bewildered but later they understood why the organisers had made Hazare an integral part of the 10-day festival.

When the holy procession of Lord Ganesha was taken out through the streets, the children were dressed up as Anna Hazare. This was done to attract public attention. The children donned the Gandhian clothes and caps. Anna caps and T-shirts were on sale at the pandals.
TOI spoke to the organisers of a pandal and sought answers from him why Hazare was a part of the celebrations this year.

"Lord Ganesha is worshipped for bringing to an end the woes of his devotees, in the similar manner, Anna Hazare is no less than a saint. Whenever, the country will recall history of the present age, Anna would be remembered for his spirit for fighting against corruption. Lord Ganesha and Anna have a lot of similarities. Therefore, he deserves to be worshipped," said Mahesh Chaturvedi, an organiser of a Pandal in Kidwai Nagar.

Deep Chandra, an organiser of a puja at Barra said that Anna has become a brand now. Several articles sold in the market bear his name. "We have planned to add his name to our puja. After performing puja of Lord Ganesha, Anna was also worshipped and a number of people took part in it."

"We come to the Central Ganesha Mahotsava Pandal every year. When we came to know that Anna Hazare was worshipped and his messages have been put on banners inside the pandal, we decided to visit on the very first day. It is good idea and Anna deserves to be worshipped. He is a saint who fought for others for so many days," said Neelam Manwani, who had come to worship Lord Ganesha at Saket Nagar.

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Old September 2nd, 2011, 08:55 AM
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Re: Anna being worshipped at Ganesh pandals

How shameless our Ganesh Bhakts that they equate a mortal with God.


One thing which I agree completely to is that no one human being is above God.

And in this I am quite fair. I just dont like the concept that VIPs - whether they are sports players, politicians of any party, industrialists - are sent in a special line to get darshan in a temple. This sick practice occurs in every big temple and it is pathetic.

I can understand security concerns, but still, all devotees should stand in the same line.
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Re: Anna being worshipped at Ganesh pandals

never used to happen at our mandal though . the cine stars were not even allowed to do aarti .
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Re: Anna being worshipped at Ganesh pandals

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One thing which I agree completely to is that no one human being is above God.

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I am sorry... but wasn't it God who, after creating earth and stars and animals and all in six days, turned to Rajnikant and ask him what next
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