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!
Figurines replicating Dagdu Shet, Pune are ever popular.
Ganapati emulating Sri Nathji (Krishna) with the flute!
Traditional Ganapati with Shiva Parvati.
With Shiva as back-drop.
For fun, a dandya-playing Ganapati.
A pearl-covered Ganapati.
Waiting to be collected.
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!
And the next five days will be a blur!
Earlier Ganesh Chaturthi Posts:
- Ganesh Chaturthi 2008
- Ganesh Chaturthi 2007
- Ganapati Bappa 2005
- Saraswati Lakshmi & Ganapati
- Dadar Flower Market during Ganapati