Walking through Pune during the 11 days of Ganesh, you encounter numerous Ganesh idols and pandals everywhere, from small to large. There are though some Ganesha’s in the city that are considered the most famous and important. The newspaper highlights one of those each day, describing the history and context of that specific statue. Several […]
Two days ago I wrote the following: “Ganesh Chaturthi starts with the installation of these Ganesh statues in colorfully decorated homes and specially erected temporary structures (pandals) in every locality. The pandals are erected by the people of a specific society or locality or group by collecting monetary contributions. The pandals are decorated specially for […]
In my post from yesterday I wrote the following: “Two to three months before Ganesh Chaturthi, artistic clay models of Lord Ganesha are made for sale by specially skilled artisans. They are beautifully decorated and depict Lord Ganesh in poses. The size of these statues may vary from 3/4 of an inch to over 70 […]
We were lucky to be in Pune during the famous Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations that last 10 days. What is Ganesh Chaturthi? How is it celebrated? Some exerpts from Wikipedia: Ganesha Chaturthi is the Hindu festival celebrated on the birthday (re-birth) of Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati. It is believed that Lord Ganesh bestows his presence […]
Today is the start of the 10 day festival of Ganesh Chaturthi in Pune. I hope to be able to catch some of it on several days, take some nice pics and blog about it next week or so.
Reading the local newspapers gives you an idea of what the hot topics are in Pune and India at the moment. I will share them with you: 1. the weather, in particular the monsoon. In general, this year there is not enough rainfall, creating problems like agriculturally and for the water supply for households. Having […]