City bids adieu to Ganesh with pomp

Neha Basudkar
Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Anand Saraf, an expert, said, “This year the visarjan of five Manache Ganpatis took place two hours earlier than last year. At 7.30 pm the five Manache Ganpati ended their immersion procession. This is because they ensured there were less gaps between each other and the dhol tasha pathaks were also not taking time performing at each crossroad.”

Pune: Although, the ban by the High Court on playing of DJ music cast a shadow on Ganesh mandals during the immersion procession, the good news was the procession ended nearly two hours earlier compared to last year. As the city bid adieu to Lord Ganesh on decorated trucks accompanied by thousands of devotees and troupes of drummers on Sunday, the five Manache (revered) Ganpatis finished their immersion procession earlier than last year. The dhol tasha pathaks of these five mandals took the initiative to take out the procession in eco-friendly way.

Anand Saraf, an expert, said, “This year the visarjan of five Manache Ganpatis took place two hours earlier than last year. At 7.30 pm the five Manache Ganpati ended their immersion procession. This is because they ensured there were less gaps between each other and the dhol tasha pathaks were also not taking time performing at each crossroad.”

During the immersion procession of the first Manache Ganpati, Kasba Ganpati, the village deity, there were several troupes performing their own arts. President of Kasba Ganpati Mandal said, “At 10 am we started the procession from Lokmanya Tilak statue and joined Laxmi Road at 10.30 am. We did the visarjan of Kasba Ganpati at Nateshwar Ghat at 4 pm.”

The Rotary Club of Youth Exchange had people from abroad dressed in Indian attire and dancing and enjoying the procession. There were people from Katkari Samaj from Paud village who showcased their dance and culture for the first time in this procession. Mentally challenged children from Kamayani School also participated with Kasba Ganpati Mandal where they were playing drums.

Rajesh Tikekar, President of Tambdi Jogeshwari Ganeshotsav Mandal said the procession started around 10.30 am and at Nateshwar Ghat the visarjan took place at around 5.15 pm.

Vaibhav Wagh of Yuva Dhol Tasha Pathak of the Tambdi Jogeshwari Ganeshotsav Mandal said that for the very first time they are unfurling the national flag in the visarjan procession. They also collected empty water bottles to save the environment.

The third Manache Ganpati is Guruji Talim Ganpati Mandal. Pravin Pardeshi, president of this mandal said, “The visarjan procession of the mandal started at 10.43 am and at Nateshwar Ghat the visarjan took place at 5.33 pm.” Satyajit Sinkar of Taal Dhol Tasha Pathak of  Guruji Talim Ganpati Mandal said, “This year we played fusion of Punjabi dhol and traditional dhol and devotees loved it.” 

The fourth Manache Ganpati was Tulsibaug Ganpati. Neeraj Khatavkar, President of Tulsibaug Ganpati Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal said, “At 12.25 pm the visarjan procession started and at 6.25 pm we were done with the visarjan at Nateshwar Ghat. We are mainly promoting eco-friendly Ganpati visarjan. Our ladies’ wings are promoting the same with placards and giving out social messages to the 
devotees.”

A group of young boys were doing Malkhamb on a truck which was an attraction. Prashant Dhaigarkar, the malkhamb leader said, “We have been participating with the Tulsibaug Ganpati Mandal for last 20 years and there are 10 boys presenting the malkhamb. Their age ranges from 5 to 10 years and they come from various schools of the city.”

The fifth and last Manache Ganpati was the Kesari Wada Ganpati. Rohit Tilak, great grandson of freedom fighter Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Managing Trustee of Kesari Wada, said, “We started at 1.40 pm and did the visarjan at Nateshwar Ghat at around 7 pm. This year the visarjan was done earlier than last year.”

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