Mandals were on Tuesday busy giving final touches to the preparation for the celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi beginning Wednesday.
Established in Patna in 1951, the Maharashtra Mandal is as usual busy reliving the Maharashtrian spirit on Serpentine Road. “We have been celebrating this festival here every year for the last six decades,” Mandal organizer Vasant Suryavanshi said.
Spread over 2,400sqft, their ‘pandal’ has a 5-ft Ganesh idol, brought from Mumbai, installed in it. The idol is a replica of Mumbai’s famous ‘Lalbaugcha Raja’. “We have only 50 families as our members who help in the preparations. We celebrate the festival for only seven days unlike Mumbai that celebrates it for 11 days,” Suryavanshi said and added the deity in their ‘pandal’ would be adorned with silver ornaments.
Pandit Ashok Soman of the Maharashtrian community will perform the ‘prana pratishtha’ ritual at 10am on Wednesday and the celebration will commence with ‘aarti’ and distribution of ‘prasad’. The ‘aarti’ will be held at 8.30am and at 8pm every day. Various cultural programmes will also be organized which will include dance, singing and games events. A ‘ladies’ special’ programme will be organized on Friday.
“More than 500 devotees take part in the procession on the ‘maha prasad’ day on the concluding day of the celebrations. This year the procession will start at 4pm on September 25 and will go to the Collectorate Ghat via the Dak Bungalow crossing, Bhattacharya Road and Kadamkuan. It will be led by a group of musicians from Mumbai,” Suryavanshi said.
Danapur-based Rising Club Vyapar Sangh has been celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi since 1990. Pt Shambhu Nath Jha will lead a team of five priests to perform the ‘prana pratishtha’ ritual for the 10-ft idol of Lord Ganesh at its ‘pandal’ at 6pm on Wednesday.
Along with the idol of Lord Ganesha, this 400sqft ‘pandal’ is also housing 7-ft idols of Siddhi-Riddhi, Lord Shiva, Lord Krishna, Lord Hanuman and Sai Baba. The idols have been sculpted by Haalu Ghosh of West Bengal. The celebrations at this ‘pandal’ will continue for ten days.
Though cultural programmes have not been organized here, a small fair with stalls of clothes, handicrafts, accessories, swings and food is being organized.
“A large number of devotees visit our ‘pandal’ every year and offer ‘khadau’, or footwear, and umbrella made of silver as their wishes are fulfilled by Lord Ganesh,” said Sangh president Om Prakash Yadav.
Ganesha Chaturthi will also be celebrated at several other places, including temples, in the city.