Bidding adieu to Lord Ganesha

In the balmy lanes of Copernicus Marg, you can spot the old building of Maharashtra Sadan from a distance. Bejewelled with flowers, the state-house of Maharashtra is in a celebratory mood for Ganeshotsav.

With a packed line-up of performances to be staged till 17 September evening, the pandal inside the sadan hosts a 4-feet-tall Ganesh idol brought in from Mumbai. A few lanes away on Kasturba Gandhi Marg stands the newly inaugurated building of Maharashtra Sadan with an imposing structure of Chhatrapati Shivaji flanked by fountains. But this new state house shows no sign of revelries.

When Pramod Pranjpe, the head priest at the old state house pandal is asked about it, he explains, “The new building was inaugurated by the President in August this year. The old state house has been celebrating this festival since the last 17-18 years that I have worked here. We are also keeping this year’s celebrations low-key to show our support for the flood hit victims in Kedarnath. Hopefully, by next year we shall celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi in both the sadans.”

Pramod and his associates are awaiting the arrival of Kolhapuri jhans performers in Delhi, they tell Metrolife, “We kept our celebrations limited to poetic recitals and enactments this year. There was no laavni, the famous Maharashtrian dance, performance either. But we are waiting for the jhans performers to immerse Lord Ganesh with all its splendour”.

Gajanand Joshi, the head priest takes care of the 3-feet- tall gold-dusted glass-fibre Ganesh Idol at Dilli Haat. The idol was sculpted by Delhi-based sculptor Ram Sutar in 2004 and has been a constant feature in the festivities at the Haat.

“We do not immerse the glass fibre idol ever. It is reinstalled at the Haat, year after year. A few samitis immerse their idols in 5 days time. Anand Vihar’s Purvanchal Samiti is over with its celebration already. But we at Dilli Haat will celebrate it till 18 September along with an array of cultural activities planned till 17th September evening.”

At the strike of 2 pm, close to 20 Maharashtrian Samitis in the capital congregate at the town hall in Chandni Chowk. From there, they walk off to Yamuna ghat along with students and professional performers to immerse the Ganesh idols installed at their pandals for 10 days post Ganesh Chaturthi. As the sound of dhols, Kolhapuri jhans and worshippers rings in your ears, join the sprightly crowds to bid adieu to Lord Ganesha with a promise to welcome him again next year. 

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