Sandhya Nair, TNN 

Thane: More than 200 villages have adopted the ‘One Village, One Ganpati’ concept in rural Thane. So, instead of each family bringing in their own idol, villagers have collected money and are bringing a single idol for the entire village. And, in most villages such as Safale, Palghar and Talasari, the idol will remain for the customary 11 days.

“The police have been holding meetings with villagers to encourage one Ganesh idol. We hope to see more villages participate in the initiative,” said Rajesh Kumar Mor, Thane rural superintendent of police.

The idea, say cops, is to bring about harmony among the villagers. The villagers come together and organize bhajans and devotional songs. It also ensures the safety and security of the idols. A village with the ‘One Ganpati’ concept gets two to three policemen for security.