Matunga is a place closely associated with South Indians living in Mumbai. I remember braving the train crowds as a child, visiting Matunga to see the Ganpatis, and especially the serial lights strung up all along the roads. I was then brought here by my uncle. Later, as I studied at Ruia College, I no longer needed anyone to accompany me. The ten days of the festival used to be busy ones for me, as I explored every lane looking for some interesting Ganeshas or at least some interesting decorations. Time has moved swiftly since then, and now, I take Samhith along to show him the Ganeshas I have enjoyed watching for so many years!
We headed towards Matunga yesterday evening, and over 4 hours, managed to see quite a few. Some were simple, some elaborate, but we enjoyed watching all of them. Even the fact that we spent almost 2 of those 4 hours in a bus, stuck in traffic did not deter us in our enjoyment! Come along with me as I re-live the Matunga Ganpati experience.....
|Our favourite - the flower market Ganesha|
|This one wasnt the main idol, |
but the smaller one used for the puja.
We loved it though!
|The Pramanik Ganesha was celebrating 50 Years!|
|Once called commonly the 'Varadarajan Ganpati', |
the story got Samhith interested in this simple idol!
(For those who dont know , this Ganpati was started by a local don!)
|Yes, there is no Ganpati here, but this arrangement was in front of the Ganesha above. |
What you can see are thin threads strung between two posts,
and water trickles down them, giving the appearance of a water curtain!
|The main ganesha was simple, |
but surrounded by such beautiful specimens in brass!
|The Ganpati outside Ruia.... with its message below..|
|The common man's trials and tribulations from Pre-Independence to now!|
|Another depiction of Samarth Ramdas and Shivaji|
|Finally, one of the richest Ganpatis in Mumbai - GSB Wadala|
And yes, all that glitters is gold here!!