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  • Ganesh Visarjan 2017: In pictures, Mumbai says good bye to Ganpati Bappa

    The inevitable day of Ganesh Visarjan has finally arrived and lakhs of devotees of Lord Ganesha will bid a tearful farewell to their beloved ‘Bappa’. Mumbai being a cosmopolitan and diverse city will be gearing up for the Visarjan with great enthusiasm and fervour. The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi has always been celebrated with excitement and the last day of this divine festival will be no different.

  • Ganesh Visarjan 2017: Mumbai Police traffic guide, roads to avoid today

    After gracing home and pandals for 12 days, its time to bid farewell to everyone’s favorite elephant god on Anant Chaturdashi. Mumbai Police, Coast Guard, Navy and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation have made arrangements to control the situation and ensure safety and security of the people. Around 3,600 policemen and 500 traffic wardens are deployed for the traffic arrangement today. CCTVs, drones, floodlights, and cranes have been arranged to keep a watch

  • Mumbai: Meet Mowgli, Sher Khan at Andheri home pandal

    Mumbai: Ganesh mandals go crazy during the Ganpati festival in decking up their pandals with extravagant themes to attract devotees but now even households Ganpatis have jumped into the bandwagon. Giving a tough fight to mandal Ganpatis, Udaykumar Singh family who stays at Jiten building, D N Nagar Andheri from past 39 years, is celebrating the festival with a seven-foot tall idol not in their home but in the building parking lawn

  • Mumbai: Lalbaugcha Raja under charity panel’s scanner for exorbitant gifts, donations

    Mumbai: The famous Ganpati mandal ‘king of Lalbaug’ every year receives crores of rupees in the form of jewellery and cash as donations from devotees who come in large numbers to worship during the annual 11 days Ganesh festival. ‘ A former office bearer of the mandal Mahesh Vengurlekar alleged the misuse of donation by the mandal members and demanded a probe against them.

  • Lalbaugcha Raja Visarjan (Immersion) 2017 route

    One of Mumbai’s famous Ganpati, Lalbaugcha Raja attracts a huge crowd including Bollywood actors and politicians. 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. There is a story behind the celebration. In 1932, the market place at Peru Chawl was shut down and so

  • Why is mouse the vahana of Lord Ganesha?

    Hindu deities are seldom depicted without their particular ‘vahana’ (vehicles) on which they travel. These vahanas are either animals or birds and symbolises the various forced they ride. Lord Shiva’s vahana ‘Nandi’ represents strength and virility, Goddess Saraswati’s vahana ‘Hamsa’ represents wisdom, grace, and beauty. Shani’s vahana are vulture, raven or crow that represses thieving tendencies. While Lord Ganesha’s vahana is a mouse which symbolises crushing useless thoughts. Have you ever wondered why the

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    7 must visit Ganesha temples in India

    Lord Ganesha is the Lord of wisdom, prosperity, security, happiness, success, education, good fortune, and destroyer of obstacles. Son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, he is superior to all Hindu gods and is always worshipped first. There are several temples in India dedicated to the elephant god that devotees must visit at least once in a lifetime. These temples are known for their architecture as well for the history behind them.

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    Ganesh Chaturthi 2017: 10 Bollywood songs that make you chant ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya’

    Ganesh Chaturthi is a combination of love, joy, celebration, colours, music, and dance. The 10-day long festival began on August 25 and concludes on September 5. It is celebrated with much zeal and enthusiasm in Maharashtra – especially Mumbai – and parts of North and South India. Bollywood movies have a special place for Lord Ganesha and are a perfect staple to show what the city actually is. The festival has over

  • Ujjain: Lord Ganesha comes home to a lovable welcome

    Ujjain: Ujjain city welcomed ‘Vighnaharta’ or remover of obstacles, Lord Ganesha home on Friday with full fervour and devotion, marking the beginning of the ten day Ganesh Chathurthi celebrations. Ganesh ‘sthapana’ was done during the most auspicious time in the morning at various places in Ujjain. Markets were crowded with the young and old, out to buy idols, Ganesha’s favourite sweets modak and bundi laddoo, decorative and other worship items since early morning.

  • Ganesh Chaturthi 2017: God of prosperity is here

    Mumbai: Ganeshotsav has begun and a festive spirit sweeps over Mumbai. Yet organisers of 911 pandals are an unhappy lot as the BMC has kept their applications pending for the want of No Objection Certificates (NOC) that are yet to be given by local police stations and the traffic department. Some are also with the wards pending for scrutiny.

  • Ganesh Chaturthi to La Tomatina: 10 amazing festivals around the world

    Every festival brings our life into a state of cheerfulness and verve. Festivals are centering on some specific traditions of a community or religion. Such celebrations also make sense of belonging for particular group or religion. Festivals also gives important message to every human that to approach life in a celebratory way, be absolutely involved in a non-serious way. Ganpati festival is just a day ahead and it will be celebrated around

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    Why is moon sighting prohibited on Ganesh Chaturthi?

    It is a popular belief that one should not sight the moon on Ganesh Chaturthi. Sighting the moon may result in Mithya Dosham or Mithya Kalank, meaning false accusation of stealing. According to mythology, on the fourth day (Chaturthi) of the Bhadrapad month, Lord Ganesha was returning home with the mouse, moon god Chandra began to laugh aloud and commented on his belly and the tiny mouse. In order to teach the