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Ganapati Festival Celebrations – Mumbai (2019)

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Durga Puja is to Kolkata what Ganesh Chaturthi is to Mumbai. The comparison itself explains the scale of anticipation for the event which marks the beginning of the Puja calendar every year. Ganapati or Lord Ganesha is the younger son of Shiva and Parvati who is worshipped as the harbinger of good fortunes. Hence as a practice we offer prayers to Ganesha prior to undertaking any auspicious activities. 

The Ganesh Chaturthi festival, 2019 has just ended and it has been captured in all its glory by our beloved and revered Ritesh Da (Ritesh Ghosh – @love_thy_camera) who has been kind enough to share his visuals with us. For all our readers around the globe, we bring for you a photowalk of Ganesh Chaturthi straight from Mumbai..!

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A life sized idol of Ganesha is being transported on the back of a lorry with locals sitting around it. These big idols are usually kept at pandals for the puja duration

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The household idols are usually smaller in size and are brought in by the family members. This image was taken at a slum, Asalpha, which has lately undergone a complete transformation. The walls of the houses here have been painted beautifully under a project titled ‘Chal Rang De’. A little girl seems excited at the arrival of the deity. 

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To celebrate this annual event the young boys and men either wear traditional Maharashtrian attire or dress casually in t-shirts with Ganesha prints. 

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A passerby walks down an alley in Mumbai where a household idol of Ganesha has been placed. The smaller idols are usually kept for 1.5 days up to 5 days before they are immersed in the sea. The bigger ones however stay a bit longer from 7 days upto 10 days. So eventually the festival is celebrated over a span of 10 days. 

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A huge crowd is seen gathered outside one of Mumbai’s biggest and most popular Ganesh Puja at Lalbaug with the idol being brought out of the pandal for a final procession around the city before it is immersed. 

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People generally offer a gala farewell to their beloved deity. Playing with dry colours is a ritual that is seen during these immersion processions. A group of young men playing in a band leads the same. The overall ambience is just fantastic. 

Once the smaller idols arrive on the beaches commonly called ‘chowpatty’, the family members gather around and offer a final arati. The head of the family is seen doing the arati while the women and children are singing devotional hymns. 

 As a pre immersion ritual the family members walk under the idol of Ganesha to seek his blessings. Thereafter the head of the family walks into the sea carrying the idol for immersion.

Reaching a depth where the water is at the chest level, the idol is raised up above the head. The person then revolves in a clockwise direction 7 times before releasing the idol in the sea  

Everyone is seen rejoicing as they return from the immersion chanting ‘Ganapati Bappa Mourya, Purtya varshi laukarya’ meaning Hail Lord Ganesha please do visit us again next year

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Thank you Ritesh da for sharing your amazing captures and the stories around them. It is like visualising the festivities from far away. How did you all celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi?

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