Ganpati Bappa Moryya..!
Devotional songs in its loudest possible form, the beating of drums and the sweet smell of sumptuous modaks filling your nostrils.. If you’re wondering what it is then let me tell you that the festivities has just began in the city. Yes, the most awaited festival of Mumbai is finally here. The Ganesh Chaturti celebrations began with its full charm and vigour from 19th September. Though it is being celebrated throughout the country but the way and magnitude in which it is being celebrated in Mumbai and the nearby areas, no other place could match it.
But the festival other than the fun and the loud music also requires and lot of planning and arrangements to give it the desired look. Mandals throughout the city tries their best for it to be the best when compared to others. While some like the famous Lalbaghcha Raja has no competitors near to it, others go through a close fight. But that doesn’t let the enthusiasm go down. Theme mandals, modern Ganpatis of huge stature and lakhs of rupees in investment is now a well-accepted reality in the city.
To maintain the good pace, the Bombay high court on Tuesday permitted city police to allow vehicular parking at Shivaji Park in central Mumbai for three days during the ensuing Ganesh Chaturthi festival. A division bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and Amjad Sayyed was hearing an application filed by the city police seeking permission to allow vehicles to park at Shivaji Park. The court was on Tuesday informed that a meeting was held and several options were explored and are being implemented.
Interestingly, this festive season, miniskirts, shorts or outfits ending above the knees are banned this year for devotees who want a ‘darshan’ of Andhericha Raja idol of Lord Ganesh, during the Ganeshotsav starting in Maharashtra. It has become the first mandal (association) in the state to implement a dress code for devotees since the public festival was started by freedom fighter Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak in 1894. Any person above the age of 13, male or female, must come properly attired or he or she will be denied entry by our security personnel and mandal volunteers.
No matter whatever the situations may be but the excitement among the Mumbaikars for the 11 day long Ganapati celebrations are at its peak. So considering that in mind, we can only say at the end-Ganpati Bappa Moryya!! 😀
Pictures by Devkumar Mistry