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At the heart of a traditional Indian society resides a rich tapestry that has been woven together deftly by the strong bonds of family. It is this milieu that many of us grew up, hearing from our parents and grandparents, the stories of Ganesha. Families gathered together, often to sing hymns in praise of the endearing elephant-headed deity. As time went by, our lives got busier, children moved out, families became smaller and we found ourselves gathering together with our loved ones only on special occasions.

It was only a matter of time before these hymns or aratis eventually became part of a ritualistic routine.

Fast-forward to 2019, at Atah we decided to write a book called The Ganesha Arati Book;   Understanding Sukhakarta Dukhaharta. An ode to Ganesha, the elephant-headed deity, the book celebrates the spirit of Sukhakarta Dukhaharta, a beatific Marathi hymn or arati, sung in his praise.

But, this is not your everyday arati book! Peppered with endearing legends about Ganesha, the book helps readers appreciate the meaning of Sukhakarta Dukhaharta. It succinctly helps relate the splendour of music and language, with the legend of Mayureshwara, the Ganesha of Morgaon, in whose praise we sing Sukhakarta Dukhaharta.
The Ganesha Arati Book; Understanding Sukhakarta Dukhaharta is a book for the entire family to come together once again, delve into each verse and bond over mythical tales, much like the good times that were never really forgotten!