On the evening of 16th September, it was time to welcome the God of Knowledge and New Beginnings as students of KIAMS, Pune celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi. It is one of the most popular festivals in the country, especially in the state of Maharashtra. The celebrations at the institute were in keeping with the rich tradition of the festival – and this year, the students of Batches 17 and 18 kept the tradition going with a night of enthusiasm and revelry.
Ganesha is definitely one of the most endearing Gods (known to be the remover of obstacles), and he holds a special place in the hearts of millions across the country. Students, in particular, worship Lord Ganesha and seek his blessings to get through their academic challenges with flying colours. Therefore, it was only natural that he was welcomed on campus with open arms. As the chants of Ganpati Bappa Morya rang in the air, there was a feeling of peace and excitement all around.
The reading room on the KIAMS campus took the form of the manadapam, which was going to be Ganesha’s home for the next days. Some of the students created colourful rangoli at the entrance of the room to add to the ambience. The festivities began with the Arti ceremony, an event students embraced with a lot of energy. The chanting of mantras followed and it created a serene atmosphere in the hallowed presence of the Lord.
It turned out to be a welcome break for the students as they got some respite from their deadlines, presentations, etc. They were dressed in their best traditional attires as they mingled and took part in the festivities with gusto. Some of them had even taken the efforts to learn the Artis, which they sang in good spirits during the ceremony. A time of great camaraderie indeed.
Of course, in Lord Ganesha’s presence, no one was to leave without sweet rewards for their efforts. As his favourite sweets were brought out of the kitchen one after the other for offerings, students were in for a mouth-watering treat. But, of course, the best part of the event was that students from different parts of the country, and from different cultures, took part in the celebrations as one, which is in keeping with the true KIAMS tradition.