Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Ganpati Bappa Morya...... Mangalmurti Morya!!!!

My city and the entire of the state of Maharashtra today gears up to celebrate the 10 day Ganeshotsav festival. Today being the first day......... Ganesh Chaturthi. (For more details read here).

The most important aspect of this festival is the family bonding and family get togethers. Ganeshotsav is celebrated in most households in Maharashtra. Idols of Ganesha / Ganpati are worshipped. Ganesha is treated like a favorite family member  who is visiting the family and he is lovingly served with delicious modaks (His favorite) and lots of other dishes, which the family gets together to prepare. Everyday the family gets together to sing aarati after which prasad is offered. Every family has their own traditions regarding the duration of the festivities. For some the celebrations end after 3 days, for some 7 days and for some 10 days.

The last day of Anant Chaturdashi marks the end of the festivities by the immersion of the idol signifying the Lord's return back....... only to await for another year for his arrival. Huge processions accompanied with dancing and dhol tasha are taken out giving Ganesha a royal farewell.

Ganeshotsav is also celebrated on a very large scale by different clubs. That is a gala affair and attracts a lot of crowds. Very huge idols of Ganesha are prepared with lots and lots of mindblowing decorations and fanfare. My favorite are the Lalbaugcha Raja in Mumbai and Dagdusheth Halwai's Ganpati in Pune..... both are considered wish fulfilling and are revered by millions.

Taking the Lord home. 

You can take an idol of Lalbaugcha Raja for your home 

or one of Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati.


  1. Best photos ever! Very nice red post!

  2. wonderful photos! such a colorful and interesting thing to photograph!

  3. Wonderful photos portraying your festival. They are so joyful and happy (except that the man in the last one looks a bit exhausted! Or perhaps he is just wishing he was with his family and able to join in the celebrations. I really like the perspective and composition of the 4th one down. And there is so much orange here that you might like to share on Mandarin Orange Monday :)

  4. Thanks for sharing your unusual blues.

    Please come visit me. I look forward to reading your comment on my blog.

    Happy Blue Monday, Ranu.

  5. Interesting figures.

    My blues are here and here.

  6. Such a wonderful color combination!

    Visiting from Mellow Yellow Monday.

    Here's a fun post for MYM
    SS Kenny

    As always, your comment will add delight to my day. Have a great week ahead!

  7. so colorful and festive!
    It was interesting to read about this festival.

  8. Thank you Ranu for sharing your colourful work on Mandarin Orange Monday:)

  9. Beautiful captures.

    I played too. Mine are here and here.

  10. nice to see.
    Thanks for joining NF inspiring Photography.

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  12. Oh wow.

    These are gorgeous pictures!

    The red you captured is really intense!

    Thanks for linking!


  13. Thanks for sharing such beautiful pics with us ranu.
    Your shot was one of the favorites for the week


What did you think of the pic???? Critical evaluation is welcome...... Would give me great pleasure to hear from all you photography lovers.