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Mandal bids farewell to lord’s mother

Residents of Kamathipura's lanes have five more days to serve their favourite elephant God, but on Tuesday, they devoted all their time to bid farewell to Gauri, Lord Ganesh's mother.

mumbai Updated: Sep 07, 2011 00:55 IST
Aarefa Johari

Residents of Kamathipura's lanes have five more days to serve their favourite elephant God, but on Tuesday, they devoted all their time to bid farewell to Gauri, Lord Ganesh's mother.

“Several homes and mandals in our area keep idols of Gauri and so we had many processions moving towards Girgaum Chowpatty to mark Gauri visarjan (immersion),” said Bhaskar Parab, a senior member and former president of Kamathipura’s Panchasheel Rahivasi Ganeshotsav Mandal, one of the biggest and most popular public mandals in the area.

Bringing Gauri home at the time of Ganeshotsav is largely a Konkan and Koli ritual, and in many homes, the Lord’s mother is just represented through a pile of leaves, stones, flowers and fruits placed besides Ganesh. Panchasheel's 33-year-old mandal is known for its innovative idol designs and dazzling visual displays in the decor.

This year, their 15-feet Ganpati sits atop a giant crescent moon, one foot placed over a rotating earth, two hands raised in blessing, and the nine planets of the solar system suspended in rings around him.

The theme this year links the recent anti-corruption movement to the idea that only Lord Ganesha can wipe out corruption by influencing India's stars and planets (destiny).

The biggest Ganeshotsav mandal in Kamathipura, the Panchasheel mandal was formed in 1978, the same year that the Panchasheel building was inaugurated. It now has 1,000 resident members who donate up to Rs 50,000 for making the idol.