Ganesh mandals in city get ready for visarjan

ST Correspondent
Monday, 4 September 2017

Pune: The 125th Ganeshotsav celebrations in the city will conclude with grandeur as usual, with the spectacular visarjan (immersion) procession, on Tuesday. The procession will begin from the statue of Lokmanya Tilak near Mandai.

Pune: The 125th Ganeshotsav celebrations in the city will conclude with grandeur as usual, with the spectacular visarjan (immersion) procession, on Tuesday. The procession will begin from the statue of Lokmanya Tilak near Mandai.

At 10:30 am on Tuesday, the procession will be flagged off after Mayor Mukta Tilak and Guardian Minister Girish Bapat offer garlands to Kasba Ganpati, the first revered Ganpati in the city. Kasba Ganpati will start the procession in the most traditional manner, with its usual Prabhat Brass Band, Kamayani Prashala Band and Ramanbaug Dhol-Tasha Pathak. There will be a huge participation of women, dressed in traditional attire.

Tambdi Jogeshwari Ganpati will join the procession in a silver palanquin soon after Kasba, with Nagaravadan, New Gandhava Brass Band and Dhol-Tasha Pathaks. Also, in collaboration with Symbiosis College, the mandal has built a float on which students from North-East India will perform cultural programmes. 

Guruji Talim, the third revered Ganpati, will have a musical chariot made with natural flowers by Subhash and Swapnil Sarpale. 

Tulshibaug Ganpati Mandal will bring Ganesh idol into the procession in a ‘Garud Chariot’ and along with the Dhol-Tasha Pathaks and Nagaravadan, there will also be Mallakhamb performance by Swaroopvardhini.

Kesariwada will have its procession in a very traditional manner and its chariot will have decoration of Swami Vivekanand and Lokmanya Tilak. 

The first three Manache Ganpati will be immersed in tanks at Nateshwar Ghat while the last two will be immersed at 
Panchaleshwar Ghaat.

Many mandals in the city have decorated grand chariots for taking their Ganesh idols in the procession. Akhil Mandai Mandal has made a 32 feet high ‘Jagdamb Chariot’ and an idol of Tulja Bhavani will be installed in it. The mandal will join the immersion procession after an aarti at 7 pm on Tuesday.

Hutatma Babu Genu Mandal has created a replica of a famous Ganesh temple in Bhubaneswar on its chariot. The decoration will be around 26 feet high and will set out in the mandal processions at around 7 pm after aarti.

To commemorate 125 years of celebrations, Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Mandal has made a ‘Dhumrawarna’ Chariot for the procession. Full of beautiful carvings and lighting, the chariot was made by sculptor Vivek Khatavkar and others in 15 days.

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