Governor Dr Mridula Sinha, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar and Archbishop of Goa Filipe Neri Ferrao have extended their greetings and good wishes to the people of Goa on the auspicious and joyous occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi.
In her message, Dr Sinha said religious, spiritual, social and cultural festivals have played a key role in promoting the overall unity and integrity of our great country and its secular characteristic.
“Ganesh Chaturthi is the most important festival celebrated by people with great enthusiasm and religious fervour. Through these celebrations, we can strengthen the secular fabric of the nation and promote inter-religious understanding. Goa is a land of peace and communal harmony. We should maintain this rich tradition,” the Governor said. She also said that the celebrations this year bring renewed peace, happiness and prosperity to everyone. In his message, the Chief Minister has said that “Chavath” has arrived. He said this is a special time in our state when families and friends come together and create an atmosphere of happiness to celebrate the auspicious occasion.
“Lord Ganesh is widely worshipped as the God of education, knowledge, wisdom, wealth and destroyer of evils and obstacles. Through his worship, we feel better about life, rising above the lower emotions of insecurity, fear, anger and jealousy and instead experience peace and contentment. On this auspicious occasion, I extend my best wishes to all his devotees. May Lord Ganapati shower his blessings on the people of the state and may the festival bring peace, prosperity and happiness to all,” he said. The Chief Minister has also appealed to the devotees to cooperate with the police in the maintenance of security and other arrangements during the festival.
In his message, the Archbishop said, “We rejoice while seeing our Hindu brothers and sisters celebrating the joyous festival of Ganesh Chaturthi – a family festival bringing together their dear and near ones; on behalf of the Catholic community in this territory of Goa and on my own behalf, I express my joy and wish them all the blessings on this happy occasion.”
The Archbishop said, “Healthy family ties make for healthy social and community ties, which are all the more important in our culture of globalisation, brought about chiefly by the modern means of communication. This culture has brought benefits in terms of educational and healthcare facilities, greater awareness of democracy and social justice. We pray that, inspired by this festival, which lifts the mind towards the transcendent – signified by one foot of the deity lifted high – the high values of God may prevail upon all.”