Sunday, 4 September 2016

Ganpati Bappa Morya!

Dagdusheth Ganpati

Ganesh Chaturthi is a Hindu festival celebrated all over India in honor of the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati i.e. Lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha is known with many names like Vinayaka, Ganpati and Ganesh. He's considered to be the most popular God in India. He is also known as Vighnaharta (Remover of obstacles). The festival is majorly celebrated in Maharashtra, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. It's often a saying that, first time this festival was celebrated in Pune during Shivaji's reign, since then the festival has taken place in every household of Maharashtra and other places of India. Its a massive festival in India, people install murtis(idols) of Lord Ganesha in public pandals(stalls) and at their homes and work places.Artisans who prepare these murtis(idols), take months to complete different types of clay models in huge numbers. Since Maharashtra is considered to be the origin of this festival, people come in great numbers from different corners of the country to witness the celebrations. 

I've been living in Pune for 2 yrs now and have witnessed this festival in its traditional style for which its popular and is known around the globe. One can find Ganesha idols in every street, society and offices. When you are in Pune, the best thing you can do here is "Pandal hopping", to feel the authentic celebrations and liveliness across the streets.The dhol-tasha performances, evening arti, fair and small customized markets etc. are some of the things that cannot be defined in words.The atmosphere here is worth experiencing! So, buckle up and go and explore your cities to experience the joy of this festival.

Here I'm sharing some of the pictures from last year's Ganpati festival, Pune. Enjoy!


Ganpati Bappa Idol
Dhol - Tasha performance
  
Ganpati Bappa Idol

Ganesha Idol

Spinning top

Dagdusheth Ganpati pandal (Night)

Bappa's darshan from camcoder :D

Dagdusheth Ganpati

Flower buckets for sale

Navsacha Ganpati pandal

Ganpati Bappa Idol

Dagdusheth Ganpati pandal (Day)

Dagdusheth Ganpati Idol

Navsacha Ganpati Idol

Garland

Ganpati Bappa Idol

Chotu Gannu Bappa Idol

Dhol- Tasha performance

Ganpati Bappa Idol

Navsacha Ganpati Pandal

Dagdusheth Ganpati main temple

Ganpati Pandal

Wishing you all a very happy Ganesh Chaturthi. Have a great year ahead! :) 


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94 comments:

  1. It looks so vibrant & lively. I was in Andhra for a few years. So did have the taste of Ganesh Chaturti. But not in such a grand scale! The pictures bring so much enthusiasm, I can imagine how it'd be in real.

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading this post, Ranjini! Well, do plan to visit Maharashtra during Ganesh festival. You will love the atmosphere and enthusiasm :)

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  2. beautiful pictures Saumy!!Ganesh Chaturthi is always special, and now with making eco Ganesh idols I and my children have lots of fun during the festival. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to you!!<a

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    1. Thank you so much,Menaka! Glad you liked the pictures :)
      Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to you and family! :)

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  3. 1, 2, 3, 4... Bappa ki jai jai kaar :)

    pictures are perfect :)

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    1. Morya re bappa morya re :)

      Thank you much for stopping by,Anshul! :)

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  4. Absolutely stunning pictures and yes, I was in Pune until two months back. Love the way Pune lights up during Ganesh Chaturthi :)
    Kohl-Eyed Me
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    1. Thank you so much,Shalini! Really glad that you liked the pictures!! :)

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  5. Wow..brilliant pics..I have spent most of my life in north and never experienced this festival and celebrations before..I just love it in Bangalore as we get to see all the festivals and how they are celebrated..as always loved all the pics :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Deepa! Do plan to visit Maharashtra during this festival, it will be more fun! :)

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  6. Beautifully captured ! Amazing pics.

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  7. Wow, beautiful and vibrant photos. Ganpati Bappa Morya
    Regards
    Tina

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    1. Thank you so much,Tina! Ganpati Bappa Morya! :)

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  8. I liked the festival mood in the pictures. Each framed and captured well!
    Festival greetings to you!

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    1. Thank you so much, Ma'am! Glad you liked the pictures!
      Festival greetings to you too! :)

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  9. A Vibrant and beautiful Post.. Happy Ganesha Chathurthi, Saumy.. Best Wishes!

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    1. Thank you so much for the wishes, Sir! Glad you liked the post!

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  10. I have never attended this festival and hope to see it once in my lifetime as this looks so colourful and splendid. Loved the pics you have posted along with the writeup. cheers

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    1. Thanks a lot, Shalini! Glad you liked the post!
      Hope you plan to attend this festival next time in Pune or Mumbai. You will love the atmosphere for sure. :)

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  11. Wow! Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Purba! So glad that you liked it :)

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  12. Lovely pictures - thank you for sharing!! I grew up in Poona and used to love this festival. It's not celebrated in Delhi and I miss Ganesh Chaturti so much! Your pictures brought all the childhood memories back!

    Cheers!
    Modern Gypsy

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Shinjini! Glad I could take you on a trip down memory lane.:)
      Hope you come to Pune next year to attend this festival. I'm sure it will bring back some more memories of your childhood while attending the festival in person. :)

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  13. Fantastic images, Saumy. I do pandal hopping too but the queues in Mumbai are unbelievable! Ganpati Bappa Moriya!

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    1. Than you so much, Kala! Glad you liked the pictures! :)
      Well, I want to experience Ganesh festival in Mumbai too as it's famous for large-scale celebration. :)

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  14. I have some very dear and fond memories of celebrating this festival in Pune when my grandmother used to live there. Thank You for bringing some of my most cherished memories alive again with your pictures.

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    1. I'm so glad that my post could take you on a trip down memory lane. Thanks a lot, Jai! :)

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  15. Hi Saumy,adorable pics here and loved being on your blog buddy. I too reside in Pune and relate to this awesome spirit exhibited here during the celebrations :)

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words,Roma! Glad you liked the pictures and could connect to the festival fever of Pune. :)

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  16. Beautiful pics.Love this festival. The entire story about Ganesha's devotion to his mom makes me all teary.Enjoy the festivities

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    1. Thank you so much, Amrita! Glad you liked the pictures! :)

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  17. Best time of the year....HE takes all my worries away :)

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    1. Mine too :D Thanks for stopping by, Shweta! :)

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  18. that was a fantastic coverage Saumy! Loved the shots. I didn't know you were from Pune, our blog teacher Richa's city :D. So you probably must have attended Pune's edition of BlogChatter classes. Yes?

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    1. Thank you so much, Omkar! Glad you liked the post :)
      Well, I work with an IT company in Pune and recently joined BlogChatter, so kind of a newbie here. Let's see when in future BlogChatter conducts workshop in Pune.I will not miss that for sure. :)

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  19. I was waiting for post on Ganesh Chaturthi and here I'm. So lovely. I'm more surprised at seeing Dagdusheth Ganpati pandal, it's no where less than any temple. I'm very much excited and interested to witness the celebrations in Mumbai. Let's see when Siddhivinayak listens to me and calls me for the party. Ganpati Bappa Morya, Mangal Murti Morya!! :)

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    1. Wow! Thank you so much for your kind words, Abhinav! And you're right that Dagdusheth pandal looks like a temple only. It's huge and people come in great numbers to witness this. Hope you too visit Pune some time. :)
      And I am sure, Siddhivinayak Bappa will call you soon to visit him. :)

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  20. Simply super pics, Saumy! I am a big fan of Dagdusheth btw, so thank you for this!
    I especially loved the flowers/gajra wala pic :)

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Mayuri! Glad you liked the pictures :)

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  21. Ganesh Chaturthi is here and not everyone is excited. Some revel in the festivities, the adorned Ganpati pandals, the hustle and bustle and the modaks! But others don't see the festive spirit and believe that even Ganesh would get frustrated in the traffic and chaos that the occasion brings. Some also worry about the environmental damage that visarjans cause every year. Pollution has always been a sensitive subject when it comes to Ganpati celebrations. Noise pollution and disruption of daily activities has been another issues, especially for the city folk.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your point of view too. :)

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  22. beautiful #zarahatkeblogreads

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    1. Thank you so much, Aditi! Glad you liked the pictures :)

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  24. Ganesh Chaturthi is one colourful and happiness festival and the pictures depicts it awesomely! :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Rohan! Glad you liked the pictures :)

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  25. If its Ganesh Utsav it has to be in Pune. Have been in Pune for 4 years and enjoyed this so much

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    1. That's true! If one has to attend ganesh festival anywhere in world then Pune and Mumbai are the places to be at.

      Thank you so much, Anindya!:)

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  26. wow your pictures are fabulous. You have captured the craze and liveliness so well. Loved them all :D

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    1. Thank you so much, Raj! Glad you liked the pictures :)

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  27. We in Gujarat are also not much behind in celebrating Ganesh festival. But Maharashtra takes the cake oops Modak.

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    1. Hahaha..always good with humor, Sir! :)
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  28. Such wonderful captures capturing the real essence of the festival, always been to the Mumbai Pandals never to Pune, lovely seeing them here. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi, Saumy!

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    1. Thank you so much, Arti! Glad you liked the pictures :)

      I wish to visit Mumbai some time during Ganesh festival. Have heard a lot about Mumbai pandals and festive atmosphere. Want to experience all of that in person. :)

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  29. Your posts are a delight about Pune! It's crazy in the city around Ganesh Chaturthi! And you shoudl witness the performances and parades that people do near Dagduseth temple. It's vivacious! So many colours and so much energy! it's wonderful!

    Cheers
    Geets

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    1. Thank you so much, Geets! Glad you liked the pictures :)

      I have witnessed the performances and parades near dagdusheth and other places as well.And you're right, such energy and vibrance are worth experiencing! :)

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  30. Your blog is glowing with these vibrant photos and the Ganesha dhoom. Pics are awesome.

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  31. I remember how it was in Pune. Awesome is a word that falls short. And don't I tell you , you are an amazing photographer. Need I say more.

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    1. Hehehe..Thank you so much for your kind words, Ramya! Glad you liked the pictures :)

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  32. Though I hail from North India, I have been in Mumbai for over 13 years now and this is a festival that I have grown extremely fond of. Mumbai and Pune pandals look very similar.

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    1. I've never visited Mumbai during this festival so not much aware about how different or similar they are.But am sure the energy and liveliness of the festival must be the same.

      Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  33. You've captured the spirit of Ganesh festival so beautifully! Loved it!

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by, Vanessa! Glad you liked it :)

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  34. Ganpati Bappa Morya :) Amazing captures!

    Aditi

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  35. Having lived 10 years in Bombay and the last two in Pune, this year feels bland in Bangalore without the Ganesh fever. Thanks for bringing back memories.

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    1. Thanks a lot for stopping by and commenting on the post,Srikanth! Glad I could take you on a trip down memory lane.:)

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  36. We must also take this opportunity to pay our gratitude to Shri Bal Gangadhar Tilak who popularised this festival in Maharshatra. This united the whole of Maharashtra and Ganpati Baba waded off the obstacle of English in India. One major factor contributing to India's freedom.

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    1. I agree Sir! Thank you so much for adding your inputs to the comment section. :)

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  38. So lovely and lively. I haven't visited most Pandals this year but these photos look amazing.

    Sharma Ji Ki Beti

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    1. Thanks a lot,Stephen! Glad you liked the pictures :)

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  39. I stayed for 2 years in Pune but never ended up going around much during Ganesh Chaturthi because of the crowds and stuff. But seeing your lovely pics of Dagdusheth and all, I surely feel that I missed something truly special.

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    1. Well, I know it gets a little crowded at times but that is what make such festivals worth attending.

      Thanks for stopping by, Aseem! Glad you liked the post :)

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  40. I love that Dhol picture !! Somehow I stay away from the ganesh celebrations because of loud music... alas miss some great scenes it seems..

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    1. Thanks a lot, Richa! Glad you liked the pictures :)

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  41. Wonderful pis Saumy :)
    & I really wanna visit atleast once :)

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    1. Thank you so much,Sam! Glad you liked the pictures!
      Do plan your visit next year. I'll host you :)

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  42. Hey ! Thanks for taking us pandal hopping. Without moving an inch! Your pics made me miss PUNE :( but those were some vibrant captures - rich with stories, colours .. Am sure you had a good time and thanks for sharing these with us !

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    1. I had a great time , Chandni!
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting on the post! Glad you liked the pictures and thanks again for all the kind words :)

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  43. Such nice pictures as if they will speak!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Nidhi! Glad you liked the pictures :)

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