Walking through Pune some weeks ago I came across this construction site. It was huge! I wondered what is was and soon found out that it was for Ganesh Chaturthi.
It is a replica (from wooden plate material) of the famous Rajasthan palace Hawa Mahal. Coincidentally we are going to visit the real one in 2 weeks from now;-)!
A week after, the construction was a lot further and there were already lights attached on the outside.
On Ganesh Chaturthi we could see the building in it’s full glory and it was amazing!
|Very crowded here!|
|Foot by foot we are getting closer to have a better look.|
|It really is gorgeous. And all those chandeliers and lights!|
|We only wanted to see and admire this temporary building, but the locals want to bring their offerings to the idol, so the queue is ultra long! We fortunately were able to walk around it and enjoy what we saw.|
|The city and the mandals hired a lot of extra police and volunteers for crowd control and safety.|
This one too looks even better at night:
|Even busier at night time!|
|This newspaper pic is taken from a high point, so you can see better how crowded it is!|
What an achievement, isn’t it, to build a replica of this size and beauty! Wow!
In the above post I am mentioning the words crowded and queueing several times.
Tomorrow I will elaborate more on crowds, queueing and coconuts….Stay tuned for more!