Ganapati at GSB Seva Mandal

pictures of GSB Seva Mandal Ganapati 2011 2012 by Arun Shanbhag

The GSB Seva Mandal is one of the largest Sarvajanik (public) Ganapati celebrations in Mumbai. The murthy is 14 ft tall and all pujas ( devotional services) are performed in Sanskrit following traditions prescribed in ancient scriptures. See pics from our 2009 visit here.

This year more than a million visitors lined up for darshan. Meals were served to more that a 100,000 devotees over the five days of this festival. For scale, the length of the ear from top to bottom is 3 ft and the pearl stringers decorating the ear are 22 inches tall.

pictures of GSB Seva Mandal Ganapati 2011 2012 by Arun Shanbhag

During this visit, we also performed Meera’s Tolay-Bhaar, where Meera gets weighed in bananas.

The Gana-Homa (Yagna or Havan) is a sacred service performed during this festival. In thanks for divine munificence, devotees offer puffed rice mixed with jaggery through the medium of fire. More than 2,500 Gana-Homams were performed this year.

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pictures of GSB Seva Mandal Ganapati 2011 2012 by Arun Shanbhag
Devotees performing the Gana-Homa at the GSB Seva Mandal


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