Unity In Diversity at Surat's Ganpati Pandal, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs And Christians offer prayers.
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Gujarat: In a heartwarming gesture of promoting unity in diversity, people belonging to different faiths visited Ganesh Pandal in Gujarat's Surat and offered prayers to Lord Ganesh. They also performed Maha Aarti while offering prayers to Lord Ganesh. People belonging to Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Christian communities visited the Ganesh Pandal.
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Lord Ganesha is also known as the provider of intelligence. He was born on the Chaturthi date of Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapada month. Therefore, this day is celebrated as Ganesh Chaturthi across the country. Ganesh Chaturthi lasts for 10 long days during which time Bappa is kept in the house or office or public pandals. During this time he is worshiped with full devotion and all the rituals. Normally the idol of Lord Ganesh is immersed on the 10th and last day of Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. However, some people, according to their devotion, install Bappa for one and a half days, three, five or 10 days.
Another display of Unity during Janmashtami
In another example of heartwarming display of Hindu-Muslim unity, Govinda Pathak, a Mumbai-based Dahi Handi group, paid tribute to Hazrat Makhdoom Ali Mahimi's Dargah Sharif on the occasion of Shri Krishna Janmashtami. The Govinda Pathak, associated with Maharashtra's Kutbe Kokan and Kokan, visited the Makhdoom Shah Baba Dargah to offer their prayers and respects.
The gesture aimed to promote communal harmony and showcase the spirit of inclusivity. Notably, the Govinda Pathak members were seen wearing T-shirts associated with Rahul Kanal from Shiv Sena, the group highlighted the diverse cultural fabric of Mumbai and the willingness of different communities to come together in celebration.