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  • 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.

  • Ganesh Chaturthi 2018! How the 11-day Ganesha festival has changed over the years

    As early as 5:00 am in the morning, an otherwise calm street in one of the by-lanes of Mumbai would come to life to welcome Lord Ganesha. For the next 11 days, not a single car would be allowed parking inside the lane. Most vehicles owners would (beforehand), ensure a safe parking spot at their nearest relative or friend’s compound.

  • Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: Interesting facts that will help you know Bappa better

    We are well into the Ganpati festival and the fun looks unstoppable. From performing rituals to eating modaks, from visiting famous pandals to dancing with friends, from dressing up to playing with colours, these 10 days hold immense joy and significance. Here are a few myths around everyone’s favourite Ganesha, that not all are aware of… The most popular belief surrounds Ganpati and the moon.

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    Angarki Sankashti Chaturthi 2018: 5 bhog to offer to Lord Ganesha

    Sankasthi Chaturthi, also known as Sankata Hari Chaturthi, falls on the fourth day of Krishna Paksha in every lunar month of the Hindu calendar. The Chaturthi that falls on Tuesday is called as Angarki Sankashti Chaturthi and is considered highly auspicious. Angarki Chaturthi occurs once or twice a year and is celebrated with zeal and enthusiasm by the devotees of Lord Ganesha. It is believed that those who observe the fast on

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    Angarki Sankashti Chaturthi 2018: Significance, legend, tithi, rituals and all you need to know

    Sankasthi Chaturthi is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The day is also known as Sankata Hara Chaturthi and falls on the fourth day of Krishna Paksha in every lunar month of the Hindu calendar. The Chaturthi that falls on Tuesday is called as Angaraki Sankashti Chaturthi and is considered highly auspicious. Angarika Chaturthi occurs once or twice a year and is celebrated with zeal and enthusiasm by the devotees of

  • Lord Ganesha ad brea­­­­­ched Aus’s advert standard code

    Melbourne : In a U-turn, Australia’s advertising watchdog has ruled that a controversial advertisement featuring Lord Ganesha and other divinities promoting consumption of lamb meat violated the country’s advertising standard code.

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    Angarki Chaturthi 2017: Significance, legend, tithi and all you need to know

    Sankasthi Chaturthi is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The day is also known as Sankata Hara Chaturthi and falls on the fourth day of Krishna Paksha in every lunar month of the Hindu calendar. The Chaturthi that falls on Tuesday is called as Angarki Sankashti Chaturthi and is considered highly auspicious. Angarki Chaturthi occurs once or twice a year and is celebrated with zeal and enthusiasm by the devotees of

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    15 killed during immersion of Ganesh idols in Maharashtra

    Mumbai: Fifteen people died during idol immersion proceedings this Ganesh Chaturthi in Maharashtra, as thousands of devotees bid adieu to the elephant-headed God in various corners of the state. Till last night, 11 deaths were reported across the state. The figure rose to 15 today, officials at the state police headquarters here said. Three persons drowned during Ganesh idol immersion in the Shivani lake near Bidkin in Aurangabad district yesterday, while four

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    Australia’s Hindu community upset over Lord Ganesha ad

    Melbourne: The Hindu community in Australia has demanded the withdrawal of an advertisement which features Lord Ganesha and other divinities promoting consumption of lamb meat. According to a media report, the advertisement released yesterday by the Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) has already been referred to Australian Standards Bureau. Other divinities shown in the commercial included Jesus, Buddha, Thor and Zeus, sitting around a dining table tucking into lamb at a barbecue.

  • Ujjain: Devotees immerse Ganesha idols on Anant Chaturdashi

    Ujjain: On the occasion of Anant Chaturdashi idols of lord Ganesh were immersed with traditional rituals and prayers on Tuesday. According to organizers of Ganesh Utsava Committee, Ujjain Municipal Corporation (UMC) blocked roads leading to Triveni Ghat, Gaughat, Mangalnath Ghat, Siddhanath Ghat, Dutt-akhada Ghat, Sunahari Ghat and Narsing Ghat so that four wheelers do not create bottlenecks there. On the contrary the UMC claimed that all the arrangements were made at all

  • Ujjain: Anant Chaturdashi procession carrying forward old tradition of tableaux display

    Ujjain: The last day of Ganesh festival traditionally ends with display of colourful tableaux made by various government departments and social and religious organisations. Taking the tradition forward, the tableaux procession will be carried out on Tuesday night in which over 10 tableaux depicting various mythological stories and spreading awareness messages will be showcased.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Ganesh Chaturthi 2017: Mumbaikars share their Ganpati pictures

    The people of Mumbai yesterday welcomed Lord Ganesh with the deity’s idols — from small to grand and decked up in vibrant colours — installed in thousands of households and various pandals in the city.

  • OMG! This Mumbai mandal’s Ganesha is made from 1,00,101 agarbattis 

    Mumbai: In this current scenario where people, as well as municipal corporations, are advising Ganesh mandals to keep eco-friendly Ganesha idol, Makba Chawl Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal in Byculla West has made a mark with their creative and unique form of Bappas every year. This year Makba Chawl Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal has kept Ganesha idol which is made of 1,00,101 agarbattis. Though the idol is made of plaster of Paris (PoP) the mandal