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  • Ganesh Chaturthi 2018, Bhiwandi, Ganesh Mandals, Mathura, Radha Krishna Temple, Dhamankar Naka Mitra Mandal,

    Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: Bhiwandi mandal replicates Mathura’s Radha Krishna temple

    Bhiwandi: Every year, Bhiwandi’s famous Dhamankar Naka Mitra Mandal Ganesh Mandal comes up with interesting backdrops for its pandals, inspired by movie sets, temples and palaces. Last year, the pandal had a Bahubali setting, which proved to be a huge draw. This time, it has replicated Mathura’s Radha Krishna temple. The mandal’s private security personnel and local police have been deployed to handle the crowds.

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    Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: Balya community lost their voice in Mumbai’s noise

    Mumbai: With Ganesh Chaturthi coming to an end, a small community’s dream run of traditional folk dance, too, has come to a close. The Balya dancer community gasps for breath in the fast-paced lifestyle and ever-changing trends of the maximum city. Originally from Konkan, dancers performed Balya or Jakhdi nritya to welcome Ganesha’s mother Gauri on the fifth day of the festival. ‘Jakhdi’ means standing position. The dholak and other instrument players

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    Mumbai: 6-ft long agarbattis donated to popular Ganesh mandals

    Mumbai: On the auspicious occasion of Ganeshotsav, Maharashtra’s favourite festival, Madhya Pradesh based agarbatti company Zed Black has reached out to lakhs of devotees by donating 6ft long mega agarbattis to various Ganesh Mandals across the city of Mumbai. Popular Ganesh Mandals like Mumbaicha Raja (Ganesh Galli), Tejukaya Mansion (One of the oldest in Mumbai), Parelcha Raja (Nare Park), Shri Datta Mandir Ganeshotsav Mandal (Girgaum, Thakurdwar) and Panchaganga Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal, Parel

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    Mumbai: No Ganpati visarjan at Sion pond from next year, says BMC

    Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to close down the Sion talao (pond) for immersion of Ganpati idols from next year. This decision comes in the wake of reports of fish and other marine life dying during the process. The corporation has displayed a banner near the pond gate to inform devotees about the change.

  • Mumbai: Beware of stingrays

    Mumbai: The staff of BMC C-ward on Thursday spotted stingrays swarming the Girgaum Chowpatty seashore. It has accordingly issued an advisory for citizens visiting the seashore, asking them not to venture inside the sea with bare feet and bare-bodied while immersing Ganesha idols.

  • Mumbai: Ban on DJ music, Dolby for Ganpati visarjan, Navratri

    Mumbai: This year devotees will not be able to dance to the tunes of their favourite songs on DJ or Dolby sound systems during any festival. The Bombay High Court on Friday has put a total ban on the use of DJ and Dolby sound systems for Ganeshutsav and Navratri festivals.

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    Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: 50,000 cops, 5,000 CCTVs, drones to be used as security measure during immersion on Sunday

    Mumbai: Mumbai police will use drones as well as a large network of over 5,000 CCTV cameras to maintain vigil during the immersion of Ganesh idols Sunday on the occasion of Anant Chaturdashi, a senior official said. Mumbai police spokesperson DCP Manjunath Singe said Friday that 50,000 police personnel, including those from specialised units like Force One, Quick Response Teams (QRT), Anti-Terrorism Cells (ATC) would be deployed. Singe informed that additional manpower in the

  • Mumbai: Festival season turns out ‘time to be seen’ for city politicians

    Mumbai: The on-going Ganesh festival has become a public outreach opportunity for city-based politicians, who are eyeing blessings of both Lord Ganesh and his devotees ahead of an election year. As both the Lok Sabha and Maharashtra polls are due in 2019, political leaders, especially ticket-aspirants, are making it a point to visit people in their constituencies who have installed Ganesh idols at home, apart from going to several pandals that dot

  • Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: Bhayandar resident continues 133-year-old tradition

    Bhayandar: Traditions, they say, are usually given a miss by the future generation. However, the Shah family of Bhayandar definitely stands apart on this front as they take pride in continuing the 133-year-old legacy of celebrating Ganeshutsav started by their ancestors.

  • Lalbaugcha Raja visarjan (Immersion) route 2018

    Situated in a narrow bylane of Lalbaug is the Mumbai’s one of the famous Sarvajanik Ganpati ‘Lalbaugcha Raja’. From politicians to Bollywood celebrities, millions of devotees flock the pandal to get a glimpse of the God of wisdom. Devotees from across the country wait for long hours to get a glimpse of the elephant god. Lalbaug Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal was founded in 1934 and takes care of all the arrangement throughout the ten days.

  • ganesh chaturthi 2018, muslims, hindus, Azaan, Aarti, Thane, Ganpati festival, Moharram, Ekta Mitra mandal

    Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: Muslims, Hindus conduct azaan and aarti in same pandal at Thane

    Thane: Time and again, people in India have proved their credentials in spreading communal harmony. One such example can be seen in Mumbra village of Thane district in Maharashtra. The residents of this village are spreading a message of communal harmony by conducting Ganesha aarti and the azaan for Muharram in the same pandal set up by the Ekta Mitra Mandal.

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    Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: Andhericha Raja in eco-friendly mode

    Mumbai: Andhericha Raja, also known as the ‘Lalbaugcha Raja of western suburbs’ has gone partially eco-friendly in its 53rd year. Wood and fibre have been used to make the pandal, which is a replica of the temple of Chintamani of Theur. Unlike other sarvajanik Ganeshas, this idol is immersed on Sankashti Chaturthi (16th day), which falls on September 28 this year. The Chintamani model this year is in keeping with the mandal’s

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    Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: Is pollution the reason for Ganesha idol turning black?

    Dombivili: In a shocking incident at Dombivli, the Om Sai Mitra Mandal Ganesh idol has got blackened due to severe pollution. The Ganpati idol’s forehead and hands now look black. The residents were shocked and saddened to see their favourite deity wear a black colour, which they say is inauspicious.

  • Ganesh Chaturthi 2018, Vasai, Vasai Ganpati, Techie Mouse, Lord Ganesha ride, Vasai Virar

    Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: This Vasai Ganpati has a techie mouse

    Mumbai: This Vasai household doesn’t believe tradition and technology cannot go hand in hand. Neither do they believe a mouse is merely Lord Ganesha’s ride and would just be placed next to Him. The Kale family in Vasai has made a Robot Rat, which they call Undir Mama (Uncle Rat) with all the technological genius. It is made from a system of interrelated computing devices called the Internet of Things (IoT). The

  • Maharashtra: 13-year-old girl raped outside Ganesh pandal in Dahanu

    Palghar (Maha): A teen-aged girl was allegedly raped by a 24-year-old man when she went to offer prayers at a pandal during the ongoing Ganesh festival here in Maharashtra, police said Wednesday. The incident occurred Monday night when the 13-year- old girl along with other children had gone to the Ganesh pandal set up at Agar village in Dahanu area, Palghar police spokesperson Hemant Kumar Katkar said.