Ganpati Bappa blesses Bombay
Today is Ganesh Chaturthi... bole tho birth anniversary of Ganpati Bappa.
The idea of sarvajanik Ganesh Mandals was introduced freedom fighter Balgangadhar Tilak as a means of promoting nationalist sentiment when India was ruled by the British.
Theses ten days will will see :
Millions of devotees queuing up for darshan
Maha aartis and religious frenzy
Ganesh mandals competitions
infinite decorations, lighting and festivities
Loud music and Bhajans and occasional filmy remix bhajans
Dance competitions, orchestras, mimicry talent show... the perfect launch pad for millions in Bombay
Banjo Parties and Nasik Dhols and Lezim performances
Discovery of Ganesh shaped stones, vegetables and others natural forms
Heavy Police Bandobast and NakaBandi's
sidey elements playing cards and having booze at night in the mandals.
sea of humanity assembling at immersion points at Chowpatty, Juhu, Madh , Gorai , Versova, Cuffe Parade sea shore.
I've always believed that Ganesha as the true deity of Bombay, he symbolizes the sprit of Bombay.