Ganesh Chaturthi – The Day Before

Picture photograph of Ganapati murthy, Ganesh utsav murthy during Ganesh Chaturthi by Arun Shanbhag
After a few days respite in Goa and Kumta, we returned home for the Ganesh Chaturthi Utsav (festival). Over the next few days, our extended family home transformed into a festive temple. Resident cooks arrived and made traditional Konkani snacks (chivda, mando, shankar paLLan, masala shaenga, chuklee, etc). Siblings and cousins descended on our home. Professional flower stringers decorated our main hall in elaborate arrangements of plump marigolds. Humongous pots and pans, giant oil lamps and other puja accompaniments were retrieved from storage and polished to a high gleam.

The day before, jackfruit leaves were washed and pinned to make the pocket KhoTo idli. Torans of mango leaves decorated our doors, and officially, Ganesh Chaturthi was underway. While the women folk strung their favorite ‘garlands’ and traded gossip, we boys went to Nana Chowk to pick up our Ganesh murthys – we keep two in our extended family.


As we waited to collect our murthy, I toured the warehouse and took pics of murthys inside. Here is a sample of Ganapati figurines at: Shubhada Kala Mandir, 311 Javji Dadaji Marg, Nana Chowk, Mumbai 400 007; Ph: 91-22-2385 48 96


Above, a popular innovation incorporated silk in Ganapati’s attire; nicely done. Below, the majestic one!
Picture photograph of Ganapati murthy, Ganesh utsav murthy during Ganesh Chaturthi by Arun Shanbhag

Figurines replicating Dagdu Shet, Pune are ever popular.
Picture photograph of Ganapati murthy, Ganesh utsav murthy Dagdu sheth during Ganesh Chaturthi by Arun Shanbhag

Ganapati emulating Sri Nathji (Krishna) with the flute!
Ganapati, Ganesh Chaturthi, Ganesh murthy, Sri Krishna

Another: Venu-Ganapati.
Picture photograph of Ganapati murthy, Ganesh utsav murthy during Ganesh Chaturthi by Arun Shanbhag Sri Nathji

Traditional Ganapati with Shiva Parvati.
Picture photograph of Ganapati murthy, Ganesh utsav murthy during Ganesh Chaturthi by Arun Shanbhag Shiva Parvati

With Shiva as back-drop.
Picture photograph of Ganapati murthy, Ganesh utsav murthy during Ganesh Chaturthi by Arun Shanbhag

For fun, a dandya-playing Ganapati.
Picture photograph of Ganapati murthy, Ganesh utsav murthy during Ganesh Chaturthi by Arun Shanbhag

A pearl-covered Ganapati.
Picture photograph of Ganapati murthy, Ganesh utsav murthy during Ganesh Chaturthi by Arun Shanbhag

Waiting to be collected.
Picture photograph of Ganapati murthy, Ganesh utsav murthy during Ganesh Chaturthi by Arun Shanbhag

When each group received their murthy, the Ganapati’s head was covered with a light fabric and the murthy carried off to shouts of “Ganapati Bappa, Morya!
Picture photograph of Ganapati murthy, Ganesh utsav murthy during Ganesh Chaturthi by Arun Shanbhag

And the next five days will be a blur!


Earlier Ganesh Chaturthi Posts:

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  1. Thanks for the pics, Arun…they’re beautiful! I always miss Mumbai more during Ganpati…fun times at my uncle’s place and annual visit to Wadala mutt…good times!

  2. this brings back nostalgic memories Arun. Bunch of us would gather outside IITB, grab a cup of chai and vada pav not to mention the best seats in the Dhaba and watch the visargen procession towards powai lake. This would go on for hours. I have to admit though that it always made me sad to think that such beautuful, majestic ganeshas are immersed in water 😦 Hope you are having a good time with M and m. Hugs to little m.

    1. Nice that you could get a vantage point to see the procession!
      In our home, the night after the visarjan is sad to see the place where the Ganapati was kept – all empty. Even Meera was puzzled. She kept pointing to the table and babbling something in a questioning tone! poor girl! But she had a great time.

      Always more hugs for li’l m!
      Hope the summer has been good for you!
      Arun

      And I hear the circus G20/8 is coming to town! :-O

  3. Hi Arun,

    My fondest childhood memories about Ganesh Chaturthi is around your place where I’d spend time watching those artisans and sculptors creating these wonderful Ganesh murtis from plain clay.

    Happy Ganesh Chatturthi all.

    1. Thank you Vishu!
      We were just reminscing about those artists just the other day! It was amazing to see the transformation from the ordinary clay to a spiritual masterpiece.

      And thank you for visiting and meeting you and N. Congratulations on the beautiful house too!

      Perhaps we should meet here sometime.
      Regards to all.
      Arun

  4. WOW, arun, these are so very colorful!! and creativity knows no bounds, with so many different ganesh. i’d love to see this someday – thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Thank you Jessie – the Ganesh festival is one of the best times to visit Mumbai – the festival is not as popular in other parts of the country;

      During this time, the entire city is gripped by Ganesh fervor and many other activities grind to a halt.

      Traveller that you are – go for it! Go! :-))

  5. Hi Arun,
    Was at the same time in Mumbai.. We have our family ganapathi at my uncle’s place. Normally we attend the first day pooja there and then visit to Kurla balaji mandir, GSB ganapthi @ King’s circle and Wadala mutt. Love the festive environment in Mumbai

    1. Ujjwal – you should have let me know! We too went to the Seva mandal Ganapati at King Circle and Wadala Muth! You could have met M and Meera!

      Hope you had a good time; I’ll be posting pics from those Ganapatis soon.

      You are back in Shanghai now? Best Wishes.

      1. Oh… Sorry.. next time we shud surely plan it..BTW do you know Taj mahal has been shifted from Carstreet..I just happened to visit once during my recent trip.. I remembered you 🙂

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