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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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Meera at Seva Mandal Ganapati: Worth her weight in … bananas

pictures of Meera on the scales at the GSB Seva Mandal by Arun Shanbhag

In a Hindu tradition called Tolay Bhaar families celebrate life events by offering their weight in fruits to the divine. These fruits are then served to devotees as prasad. At the GSB Seva Mandal Ganapati, this tradition takes on mammoth proportions where 1000’s of devotees offer everything from the more traditional coconuts, bananas or modak/appams […]

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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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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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Flower Sellers at Dadar

pictures of Young girls selling roses at the Dadar Flower Market, Mumbai by Arun Shanbhag

Few years ago I wrote about the Dadar Flower Market, in Mumbai. Tucked under the bridge next to the Dadar train Station, like alien slime it oozes into adjoining alleys and walkways, filling every doorway and cranny. So jam-packed, my cousin cautioned, “don’t even try to put your hand in your pocket, it will go […]

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Ganesh Chaturthi 2009

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 […]

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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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Ganesh Chaturthi

vakratunda mahaakaaya kotisurya samaprabhaa | nirvighna kuru mae deva sarvakaaryeshu sarvadaa || With a curved trunk and generous form Whose splendor matches ten million Suns Remove obstacles Deva! In all that I do! _____ Ganapati Bappa, Mowrya! M & A Ganesh Vandana – Tribute to Ganesh The light of the Sun imbues our existence with […]

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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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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