These are photographs from my dear friend Nupoor(some even call us twin sisters!!). I was extremely glad to get a response from her,and would like to thank her for these photographs…
Images courtesy: Nupoor Panchmatia
This is a typical Ganesh idol made from “shadu” an eco friendly material.These idols are extremely popular these days as a result of awareness, about the rising pollution levels,among the devotees.
This is an idol from my cousin’s home.My aunt is extremely religious, and we draw inspiration from her in doing things religiously.
images courtesy: Preeti Sabnis
Ganpati bappa morya!!!The Ganesh festival is here!Though Ganpati arrived at our home in a somber mood due to the recent mishap in the family…the enthusiasm outside is jubilant!i had gone outside to get flowers and camphor and saw families flocking the Ganpati stalls to take home their idol.I saw equal levels of the enthusiasm across three generations…grandfather,son and grandson…everyone chanting “Ganpati bappa morya” or singing “morya re!bappa morya re!‘
Ganpati and i have a special connection…we share our birthdays,according to Indian calender!I have immense faith in him and Ganesh utsav is a great way for manifestation of our love for the Almighty.
I am mostly enthusiast about this festival being celebrated at home,not much about the sarwajanik mandals(public groups).Although Pune is famous for the public celebration of this festival,i would love to bring to front God residing in everyone’s homes.I have decided to share this festival with eveyone…and would be uploading new Ganesha snaps over here,throughout the festival.All my friends,and everyone else are invited to contribute photographs.
Today im uploading shots from my home.Over last 4 years we have been using the same silver idol to contribute reducing pollution.(Ganpati idols are let out in water as a farewell at the end of festival which has resulted into major pollution especially in Mumbai and Pune)No aaras(decoration) this time…but the faith and love for Him is undying…
If you are someone living in Pune,and you happen to pass by Sarasbaug road,even if you are driving,you look towards the Ganapati temple and bow your head down in purest faith.Sarasbaug is on my daily route and it has become a reflex for me..as my eyes see the circle(the traffic island), my head involuntarily turns left and on my perfect eye level is my favourite Ganapati Bappa!The temple sits atop a tiny hillock and its amazing planned so that anyone on the road can see the idol inside the temple…and have a perfect darshan.But yes,as i was saying,as my head turns involuntarily,i see most of the people turning their head too!It has sort has become an identification mark…if you pass by,and don’t turn to take darshan,you aint a Punekar!!Many people,even though in great hurry,and in great traffic,stop roadside to offer prayings.And each time i pass,no matter what time of the day,the temple always has a flock of devotees.
Pune has changed leaps and bounds…from being Pensioner’s Paradise to Queen of Deccan to Oxford of the East and the latest being the IT hub,..but one grain in this sand of time remains unchanged,unscarred…as i love it Sarasbaug cha Ganapati!It has etched a special place in the heart of every Punekar.Even in todays competitive,rapid,technological world,a Punekar’s faith in his Bappa remains intact…its heartening to see this in my generation too!Anyone with doubt can pass by the temple in Diwali!
I,being born on Ganesha Chaturthi(Ganesha’s birthday),have an extra strong faith in Him!PLus,i have had many memories in SArasbaug!So Sarasbaug Ganapati is a part of my heart…well any Punekar would second that!
More on the entire garden and my memories of Sarabaug in upcoming blogs..Keep tracking this Punekar till then!