Pune: To commemorate 125 years of Ganeshotsav in the city, Sakal had organised a three-day ‘Society Ganpati Competition’. The competition was presented by SBI Life Insurance and Lokmanya Tilak Multipurpose Co-operative Society Limited.
The competition was held from August 26 to 28, from 5 pm to 9 pm. Over the period of three days, the Ganesh decorations at 10 societies in different parts of the city were judged by renowned Marathi actress Mrunmayee Deshpande.
On the first day of the competition, Sun City Society of Sinhagad Road created Ganesh decoration from waste, dedicated to Indian Armed Forces. Sun Empire Society off Sinhagad Road created a replica of a beautiful temple for their Ganesh idol.
Vedvihar Society in Kothrud created a replica of Shaniwarwada with beautiful lighting and the Ganesh decoration of Swastishri Society in Karvenagar was based on the Panchatatwas.
On the second day, four societies in Bibvewadi, Shankarsheth Road and Sahakarnagar participated in the competition. Anand Park Society off Shankarsheth Road and Ruturaj Housing Society in Bibvewadi made replicas of beautiful temples for their Ganesh decorations. Akhil Suvarnanagari Society in Bibvewadi created a replica of India Gate. On the other hand, Sahajeevan Society in Sahakarnagar kept it simple with the decoration, and instead organised more of social and cultural programmes.
On the final day, it was the turn of Oxygen Valley in Narhe and Spring Meadows in Narhe Ambegaon to showcase their creativity, in which all society members participated enthusiastically.
Deshpande appreciates societies for their endeavour
Mrunmayee Deshpande appreciated the societies for their efforts and interacted with the people. She sang ‘aartis’ with the residents and clicked selfies. “I am glad that even the societies in Pune are preserving the cultural heritage of our city in the form of Ganeshotsav. This festival brings people together. It is necessary that this tradition started by Lokmanya Tilak is passed on to our future generations as well. Ganeshotsav shouldn’t be limited to the festivities but we should also know our social responsibility,” Deshpande said.