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Colaba Ganapati @ Millburn NJ

pics of Colaba Ganapati @ Millburn by Arun Shanbhag

Friday Ratri Puja and Visarjan Puja Bhatmaam has arrived and drinking hot Kaapi! Friday Danapaar Puja Live streaming of Friday afternoon puja Thursday Ratri Puja Thursday morning Ganesh Chaturthi Puja Here is the live stream of the Colaba Ganapati puja from Millburn, NJ. Ganapati Bapa Morya! Other Ganapati Posts: Ganapati and Gauri Puja Meera at […]

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Aśṭa Vināyak – Pilgrimage to Eight Gaṇeśa Temples – A Photo Essay

Pics from AstaVinayak Tirth Yatra Maharashtra by Arun Shanbhag

In the Indian state of Maharashtra, a tīrth yātra (pilgrimage) to visit eight ancient temples to Gaṇeśa (Aśṭa Vināyak) is mentioned in the puranas and considered very sacred. These eight temples, each with exquisitely beautiful Gaṇeśa murtīs, are in tiny villages, scattered around the mountainous terrain between Mumbai and Pune. After much procrastination, last February […]

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Ganapati Visarjan: Wadala & Lalbaug cha Raja

GSB Muth Wadala Ganapati 2011 Amol Kamat

During the 11 days of Ganapati, the murthy is brought into our homes and the divine spirit invited to reside and bless us all. During these days, we treat Ganapati as a valued guest and shower him with the best of flowers, fruits and delicious foods. Friends and relatives visit in awe at the divine […]

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Ganapati at the GSB Muth, Wadala

Ganapati at GSB Wadala by Arun Shanbhag

The GSB Wadala Muth Ganapati holds some of my fondest memories of sarvajanik (public) Ganapati. At 8 ft, it is not the largest of the Ganapatis, but certainly one of the most artistically excuted and ‘constant.’ Even though the artisans craft a new murthy from clay each year, this murthy has not changed one bit […]

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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.

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Flower Sellers at Matunga

Flowers at the Matunga Flower Markets by Arun Shanbhag

The Best of Mumbai: Matunga Flower Sellers during Ganapati Festival. Looking forward to more.

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Video: Best of Mumbai Ganapati Street Dancing

Ganapati is a fabulous time for our extended family. At the end of five days of festivities, Ganapati Bappa is taken in a procession to Chowpatty for consigning to the waters. Behind the truck bearing the Ganapati, nephews, nieces, uncles, aunts, meera, friends and family, all walk or dance along. Enjoy the unique ishtyle of […]

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Ganapati and Gauri Puja

Na tatra suryo bhaati na chandra tarakam nema vidhyuto bhanti kutoyamagnihi | tameva bhantam anubhati sarvam tasya bhasa sarvam idam vibhati || Sun cannot illumine him, nor the moon, nor the stars Lightning cannot, much less this little flame I wave | Verily, when he shines everything is illuminated By his light alone all of […]

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Ganesh Chaturthi – The Day Before

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. […]

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Enlightening Maha Shivratri

On this Beautiful Maha Shivratri, May the Grace of Shiva Lead you further Onto the Path of Spiritual Revelation! Har Har Mahadev Mm & A

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Ganesh Chaturthi

Painting of Dancing Ganesh Chaturthi by Arun Shanbhag

On Ganesh Chaturthi Wishing you all A Blessed Ganesha’s Grace! M&A Notes are excerpted from my book, Prarthana: A Book of Hindu Psalms; © Arun Shanbhag 2007 Ganesha Stotram – Hymn to Ganesha The visage of Gaṇeśa (or Gaṇapati) is easily recognizable as the elephant-headed God of Knowledge and Wisdom. Gaṇeśa is very popular in […]

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Saraswati, Lakshmi & Ganapati

print of Saraswati, Lakshmi and Ganapati posted by Arun Shanbhag

Growing up, such a print of Saraswati, Lakshmi and Ganapati adorned every home or shop, either as a calendar or a picture frame. I bought this poster from a sidewalk stall in the Fort area in Mumbai. Love the bright colors. Beautifully done. Mahalakshmi Temple, Goa Ganapati and Gauri Puja Ganesh Chaturthi

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Ganapati Bappa

Ganapati from our home, 2002. On this occasion of Ganapati Wishing Everyone Days full of Peace and Good Cheer! M&A Recent Ganapati Greetings Flower Sellers at Dadar Dadar Flower Market during Ganapati, 2002 Ganesh Chaturthi – Preparations from the Day Before Ganesh Chaturthi 2009 Ganesh Chaturthi 2008 Ganesh Chaturthi 2007 Saraswati Lakshmi & Ganapati

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Back Home in Boston

Exhausted, drained and my circadian rhythm is shot. Two conferences in the next three weeks and 700 e-mails to attend to. Why does everyone think I read my emails while on vacation? Since I live to eat (suffer ye thinkers!), my self imposed exile to the culinary Siberia has resumed. Yesterdays cafeteria choices included Corn […]

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Home Shrine: Where I bow my head

photo of Home Shrine: Shanteri Kamakshi Ramnath; Udupi Krishna by Arun Shanbhag

Every morning I pay my respects to the universal divine at a small altar in our home. It started with the brass Om from my student days. I purchased the Om along with a booklet of Swami Vivekananda’s lectures, at a road-side stall in Kanya Kumari. Reading Vivekananda’s 1893 lecture to the World Congress of […]

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Dadar Flower Market – A Photo Essay

In our home in Colaba, the five day Ganapati utsav (festival) is the biggest family event of the year. Our entire joint family comes together making it very festive. For our daily flower decorations, one of us goes to the Dadar Flower Market every morning to buy flowers. After bringing them home, the women gather […]