Ganesh Chaturthi (or Ganapati Chauti as we Konkanis call it) is THE celebration in our extended family home in Mumbai. During the five days of Ganapati, all pujas are performed as prescribed in the Puranas, including recitations from the Vedas. After a busy five days, the murthy is consigned to the seas (visarjan), leaving us all melancholy. Even Meera was puzzled that beautiful “Ganapati Bappa” was missing. He’ll be back next year, Meera! And so will we all.
The murthy is brought home, the day before. In this first pic, Ganapati has only been kept in place. During the first puja, the murthy is dressed with flowers and with the recitation of chants, sanctified with the divine presence.
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Visiting the Sarvajanik (public) Ganapatis:
The two GSB (Konkani) Ganesh murthys are among the top 10 in Mumbai! This one at the GSB Seva mandal, King Circle, Matunga is among the largest and draws nearly 200,000 visitors each day.
Unlike other pandals, here pujas are performed as per tradition, and devotees often talk about the strong divine presence at both these sites. The demand for puja services here is so great that 50 additional GSB priests come in from Karnataka to help out. Apparently 2,500 Gana-Homams (Yagnas or Havans) will be performed over the five days. Services typically start at 7 am and don’t stop till 10 pm. Here, aartis are performed essentially non-stop all day!
Here is peek into the onsite storage area for coconuts and jaggery to be used for prasad. The organizer estimated they will be breaking 125,000 coconuts during the fives days and nearly a 100 kgs of jaggery will be used to make the prasad. For the first day alone, they need to prepare 45,000 warm and delicious appams to be offered to devotees as prasad!
The GSB Sarvajanik Ganapati at Wadala
This is my favorite Ganapati in town! I have come here since I was a toddler. Our family has pujas scheduled here for nearly 50 years! And it seems the murthy has not changed since then – except for more bling!
Also traditional at Wadala to gorge on hot bajjiyas after taking darshan!
They also served traditional konkani delicacies KaDum and Patholi, for a measly 10 Rs each! They ran out of patholi and I had to wait for the next batch. You can hear M screaming, “you were here to see Ganapati or eat Patholi?”
Acts deaf and waits for patholi! (see Ujwal’s patholi recipe.)
Earlier Ganesh Chaturthi Posts:
- Ganesh Chaturthi 2009: The Day Before
- Ganapati at GSB Seva Mandal 2011
- Video: Best of Mumbai Ganapati Street Dancing
- Meera at Seva Mandal Ganapati: Worth her weight in bananas
- Ganapati Visarjan: Wadala and Lalbaug cha Raja
- Ganesh Chaturthi 2008
- Ganesh Chaturthi 2007
- Ganapati Bappa 2005
- Saraswati Lakshmi & Ganapati
Ganapati Flower Sellers:
- Flower Sellers at Matunga
- Dadar Flower Market during Ganapati – 2002
- Flowers Sellers at Dadar – 2009