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  • 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.

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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.

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    Mumbai: Acid attack victims invoke Ganesha to spread awareness on skin donation

    Mumbai: There is heightened awareness about organ donation — organs like the eyes, heart, kidneys, liver — but the largest organ in the human body — the skin — is overlooked when it comes to donation. In order to spread awareness on the importance of skin donation, two acid attack victims, Sneha and Sia, have come forward to use Ganeshotsav as the means to create awareness.

  • Ujjain: Stop splurging and being wasteful during Ganeshotsav, says idols collector

    Lord Ganesha is considered to be the deity of affluence and prosperity. With the arrival of Ganeshotsav markets become abuzz with acivities and every household invariably wear festive look. During this 10 days fest, many of Bappa’s followers try to outdo each other with pomp and splurge in order to showcase their absolute devotion and reverence. However, Om Prakash Gupta’s adoration for Lord of wisdom goes beyond this festival as he has

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    Maharashtra: 4 of family drown after festive lunch

    Nashik: Even as the entire state was welcoming Lord Ganesha on Thursday, a pall of gloom descended on the village of Belgaon Dhaga in Satpur, Nashik. Four members of a family died after drowning in a canal at Satpur; they had gone to a canal to wash the dishes.

  • Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: From chocolates to SRK pose, these 8 offbeat Ganeshas will make your day

    The much loved and most celebrated Ganesh festival, Ganesh Chaturthi 2018, has finally kicked off around the country with fervour. The festival began with devotees, mostly attired in traditional clothes, bringing colourfully-crafted idols of the Ganesha in their homes and pandals and installing them amid chants of ‘Ganapati bappa moraya’.

  • Bhopal: Ganeshotsav gets grandeur with each passing year

    From six to 18-foot tall idols of Lord Ganesha can be seen at major puja pandals in the city during the ten-day festival. Some of the idols have been installed on silver throne and a few others on Suryarath (Sun Chariot), moon and the universe. Besides the size of the idols, its ornamentation (Shringar) will be a major attraction. At several pandals, the ornaments will be changed daily while at some places

  • Bhopal: Ganpati Bappa Morya reverberates in air as Ganesha festival begins

    Ganesha Chaturthi was celebrated in the state capital with religious fervour on Thursday. Like others, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, his cabinet colleagues and other politicians also got into the festive mood while welcoming Lord Ganesha at their respective homes. Chauhan with his wife Sadhna Singh went to market and purchased colourfully-crafted idol of Lord Ganesha. Every year, the CM installs Lord Ganesha at the CM House. Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Narottam

  • Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: 580 kg ‘laddu’ offered to Lord Ganesha in Hyderabad

    Hyderabad: A “laddu” weighing about 580 kg, known as “maha prasadam”, was offered to the idol of Lord Ganesha installed at the Film Nagar Daiva Sannidhanam (Temple Complex) here on Thursday. The sweetmeat was prepared by Suruchi Food at Tapeswaram in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. “The laddu, which costs about Rs three lakh, will be offered to the devotees on the third day after performing puja,” Uppalapati Ramabhadra Raju, spokesperson of Suruchi

  • PM Narendra Modi greets everyone on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday wished the nation on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. “Greetings on the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi,” the Prime Minister wrote on Twitter. The Hindu festival is dedicated to the Lord of new beginnings, Ganesha.

  • Ganesh festival kicks off in Maharashtra with fervour

    Mumbai: The ten-day long Ganesh festival kicked off with zeal and fervour across Maharashtra Thursday. The festival began with devotees, mostly attired in traditional clothes, bringing colourfully-crafted idols of the elephant-headed God in their homes and pandals and installing them amid chants of ‘Ganapati bappa moraya’, beating of drums and and sprinkling of ‘gulal’ (red coloured powder).

  • Bhopal: Devotees all set to welcome Lord Ganesha

    Bhopal is all set to celebrate 10-day Ganesha utsav beginning from Thursday. Free Press spoke to some people from Marashtrian community in the city to learn about the significance of the fest and their plans for celebrations. They said that it is the biggest festival for them. They said that great freedom fighter Lokmanya Gangadhar Tilak started it for national unity, but over the time it has become a catalyst for social

  • Maharashtra state all set to welcome Lord Ganesha

    Mumbai: Months of arduous work put in by hundreds of artists, sculptors, Ganesh mandals, and individual households will manifest into magnificent pandals and larger-than-life idols, as the city welcomes Ganpati Bappa.

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    Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: 4 short stories about Lord Ganesha we all need to know

    Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayak Chaturthi, is celebrated in honour of Lord Ganesha with much fervour across the globe, especially in India. He is known as the God of beginnings and is believed to be the remover of obstacles. The festival starts on the fourth day of Hindu lunisolar calendar month Bhadrapada, which falls in the month of August or September of the Gregorian calendar. In 2018, Ganesh Chaturthi falls on

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    Is Lord Ganesha married? Here’s all you need to know

    Lord Ganesha is one of the celestial deities holding the divine prominence in Vedic scriptures. The elephant-headed god rides a mouse and is worshipped by all sects. He is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. He is believed to be the lord of success and destroyer of obstacles and is worshipped as the god of wisdom and wealth. The marital status of Ganesha varies widely in mythological stories. In South

  • Bhopal: Ganesha clay idol makers fail to meet rising demand

    The demand for clay idols of Lord Ganesha may have increased after the ban on plaster of Paris in the city, but the sale has not gone up. The reasons are – making of clay idols takes time, and it requires a large number of workers so the idol makers are not able to meet the requirements. Besides, the market has become highly competitive due to rise in number of idol-making workshops.