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Shiva, Ganesh come together at mandal

The Tulsiwadi Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal, established in 1939, is celebrating its 74th Ganesh Chaturthi this year.
Hindustan Times | By Hazeeda Vijayakumar, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2012 01:55 AM IST

The Tulsiwadi Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal, established in 1939, is celebrating its 74th Ganesh Chaturthi this year.

The mandal, which has come out with unique idols in the past, has this year been inspired by a popular television show and the idol will bear a resemblance to Lord Shiva, Ganesh’s father.

“The idol will have Ganpati’s head, but the body will be that of Lord Shiva,” said Vishal Tandulkar, vice president of the mandal. The mandal has, in the past, showcased idols made of sandal, silver, glass and even onions.

Over 2,000 people visit the idol every day, some coming as early as 4am to catch the first darshan. The mandal will celebrate 75 years next year and the organisers are planning to hold elaborate celebrations, said Tandulkar.

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