Dom­bivli’s Ganesh tem­ple glows with a thou­sand lamps

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DOM­BIVLI: The his­toric Ganesh tem­ple in Dom­bivli glim­mered in a golden glow on Wed­nes­day as thou­sands of lamps lit up the premises on the oc­ca­sion of Tripu­rari Poorn­ima. For the last 15 years, the tem­ple has been ob­serv­ing the fes­ti­val, which sees around 600 to 700 visi­tors light­ing lamps on the day.

Tripu­rari Poorn­ima, known as Deva Deep­awali, is the fes­ti­val of light of the gods. This year, the lamps have been ar­ranged by the tem­ple trus­tees along with the Ro­tary Club of Dom­bivli (West). This fes­ti­val is cel­e­brated to com­mem­o­rate Lord Shiva for killing the de­mon Tripura­sura. It is also the birth­day of Vrinda, the per­son­i­fi­ca­tion of the Tulsi plant. This day is also con­sid­ered dear to Radha, the lover of Kr­ishna — Vishnu’s in­car­na­tion. It is be­lieved that Kr­ishna and Radha danced rasa and Kr­ishna wor­shipped Radha on this day. This day is also ded­i­cated to the pitrs (an­ces­tors).

Peo­ple visit the tem­ple to seek bless­ings, light lamps and of­fer prayers jointly. “We also dis­trib­ute 1,000 books con­tain­ing the prayers that one has to per­form dur­ing the oc­ca­sion,” said Pravin Dudhe, vice pres­i­dent of the tem­ple trust.

Swami Achuthanan­tha Saraswathi also ar­rived at the tem­ple to seek bless­ings and be a part of the prayers.

“It is a Hindu holy fes­ti­val cel­e­brated on full

moon day or the fifth lu­nar day of Kar­tika (Novem­ber -De­cem­ber). Light­ing of

lamps is a sig­nif­i­cant way to ob­serve this fes­ti­val,” said Dudhe.

RISHIKESH CHOUD­HARY

Ganesh Tem­ple in Dom­bivli is lit up with lamps on Tripu­rari Poorn­ima on Wed­nes­day.

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