The continuous downpour notwithstanding, Puneites are all set to welcome their beloved Ganapati Bappa to the city. It’s less than a month to go before we welcome our favourite Lord Ganesha. Sukhakarta. Dukhaharta. Vignaharta. The 10-day festival starts September 5, but at Pune 365 we bring you a special Countdown to the Celebrations. Yes, just 30 days to go.
Roaming the streets of Pune, you can easily find young men and women practising dhol–tasha in their troops. These young devotees can be seen beating their drums to the tunes of songs like Sairat Zaala Ji and Zingaat from the blockbuster Marathi film Sairat.
Being in the city, it is imperative to head to Shri Kasba Ganapati Mandir during the festivities as the Ganpati idol from there leads the immersion procession on the last day (Anant Chaturdashi). The most exciting part about the festival lies in the art and craft that goes into making the idols.
Pune’s favourite Alphonso mango chain, Desai Bandhu Ambewale is now home to several Ganapati idols that have come from Pen Taluka, informs Mandar Desai, director of the well-known merchant (pictured). Varieties like Lalbaugcha Raja, Mayur and Peshwai idols are available as well as replicas of the famous Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati, Hutatma Babu Genu Ganapati and Jilbya Maruti Ganapati (See Picture Gallery below).
The idols are available at the Desai Bandhu Ambewale stores on Karve Road and Bajirao Road (Telephone: +91 98500 00093).
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