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Moti Dungri temple in Jaipur celebrates Ganesha Chaturthi with great fervour
Though it is raining in Jaipur, it has not dampened the spirits of the devotees and residents who are busy celebrating the birthday of Lord Ganesha with devotion and gaiety.

All roads lead to the famous Moti Dungri Ganesha temple today. The premises of the temple has been thronged by the devotees, many of whom have come from far flung places to this auspicious temple.

The Moti Dungri temple in Jaipur that houses the idol of Lord Ganesha, though gets flocked by devotees and tourists all around the year, however, on 'Ganesha Chathurthi', thousands of devotees flock the temple and one can see serpentine queues extending more than a kilometre waiting patiently to have darshan of the deity.

In this temple, the 'jhanki of modaks' is also a great attraction for the devotees who come from other cities.

Ganesha Chaturthi is one of the most grandly celebrated festivals in Jaipur. Lord Ganesha who is believed to be provider of wisdom and auspiciousness or riddhi and siddhi, is revered and worshipped with great devotion and gaiety.

It is during the 'Paush Bada' season; the temple is always bustling with the festivities but they peak on Ganesha Chaturthi that is celebrated great fervour with the chants of "Ganpati Bappa Moriya" and "Jai Shri Ganesha".

The large sized 'ladoos' or 'modaks', considered as auspicious offering to the deity, are put in front of the idol. Also a procession gets organised with various tableaux of Lord Ganesha.

There is also a practice that every Hindu house gets small idol of Lord Ganesha installed on the main gate which is also worshipped for bestowal of wisdom and prosperity, and removal of obstacles. Many new ventures are also started on this day.

At homes, many devotees in Jaipur have prepared Daal, Baati and Churma - typical Rajasthani dishes - as an offering for Lord Ganesha today along with laddoos.

Here is Munindra Misra's rhyming Ganesha chant in English: "Lord Ganesh of curved elephant trunk and huge body, / Whose brilliance is equal to billions of suns in intensity, / Always removes all obstacles from my endeavours truly, / I respectfully pray to him with all my revered sincerity."

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