Today is Anantha Chaturdashi. Like every year, the sun has come out of the clouds to mark the end of the monsoon and it is lovely to see bright sunlight outside. I can hear the drum beats of processions taking Ganesha for immersion. Such processions will go on till late tonight as many communities will be going to various immersion points in the city.
Today marks the end of our festival Ganesh Chaturthi.
From tomorrow, rivers which have been in spate due to the rains will revert to normal flows and the monsoon’s rough seas will also calm down enabling sea fishing to recommence.
Our ancients were closer to nature and its inevitable time tables than we are today! They saw these phenomena and evolved our festivals around such days of seasonal significance, like harvest festivals, onset of warm weather after the winters, religious festivals and days of fasting during idle agricultural times, etc.
I am always in awe whenever these special days arrive and I share the significance with youngsters.