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Mumbai celebrates Ganeshotsav with gusto

Last updated on: August 26, 2009 

Mumbai celebrates Ganeshotsav with gusto

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Mumbai celebrated its first Ganeshotsav in the aftermath of the 26/11 terror  attacks, under the looming shadow of swine-flu.

Devotees thronged to the various mandals and celebrated the festival with traditional pomp and fervour.

Lalbagh ka Raja was thronged by devotees who streamed in to see Mumbai's favourite deity.


Image: Mumbai's most famous Ganpati: Lalbagh ka Raja
Photographs: Sahil Salvi
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The gate to Mumbai's favourite Ganpati

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The enterance to the pandal in Lalbagh in central Mumbai was done up with traditional motifs. Security around the area was also increased. The idol has traditionally been among the tallest in Mumbai.

Image: The enterance to Lalbag ka Raja's pandal
Photographs: Sahil Salvi
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Mumbai celebrates Ganeshotsav

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Devotees in Shivaji Nagar in Vakola, a central Mumbai suburb celebrated their 25th anniversary of Ganeshotsav by replicating the Akshardham temple in their tableau.

Image: Devottes pray at a Temple in Vakola, in Central Mumbai
Photographs: Sahil Salvi
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26/11 is a popular theme

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A tableau depicting the 26/11 terrorist attack on Mumbai at the Balgopal Mandal in Sewree, Mumbai.

Image: A tableau depicting the 26/11 attack
Photographs: Sahil Salvi
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Eco-friendly Ganeshas are here

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School children in Nagpur have made a eco-friendly version of the Ganesh idol. Unlike the usual idols made of  toxic paints and non-biodegradeable materials, these idols are made with earthen soil.

Image: School children make eco-friendly-Ganeshas
Photographs: Sahil Salvi
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Unusual designs for Ganesh idols

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There are fair number of idols that unusual this year includes an idol decorated with Om symbols.

Image: An Idol decorated with Om symbols

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A pearl-studded idol

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A pearl-studded idol adorns the tableau at a pandal in Byculla.The idol has been studded with 21,000 pearls.

Image: A pearl studded Ganpati idol

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Idols being taken to their pandals

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Ganpati idols being taken to their from a workshop in Parel in south-central Mumbai.


Image: Idols being taken from the workshop
Photographs: Sahil Salvi
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