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Muse Foundation, the group, first came to know about the practice in 2019 when it received a response under the Right to Information (RTI) Act from the corporation that they had been collecting Ganesh idols at 19 artificial ponds and dumping them at Thane Creek.(HT Photo)

Water from artificial immersion sites, Plaster of Paris idols dumped directly into Thane creek by civic body

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2020 11:13 AM IST
An environment group has requested the Maharashtra government to intervene and direct an end to the practice
People taking Ganesh idols home on the occasion of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai, Maharashtra.(Satyabrata Tripathy / Hindustan Times)
People taking Ganesh idols home on the occasion of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai, Maharashtra.(Satyabrata Tripathy / Hindustan Times)

Ganeshotsav: Mumbai civic body advises immersion at home; no procession allowed

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2020 01:32 PM IST
In case of 70 natural immersion spots that also includes the sea, citizens residing within a 2km radius are allowed to immerse their idols there by handing over the idols to BMC.
A woman carries an idol of lord Ganesha to her home on the first day of the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Mumbai.(REUTERS)
A woman carries an idol of lord Ganesha to her home on the first day of the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Mumbai.(REUTERS)

BMC advises home immersion for Ganesh idols in Mumbai, bans gatherings

Hindistan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2020 09:40 AM IST
Those residing in containment zones in Mumbai will need to conduct immersion in situ, pooja and aarti at immersion spot will not be not allowed.
Madhuri Dixit, Dia Mirza and Shilpa Shetty among others wished fans.
Madhuri Dixit, Dia Mirza and Shilpa Shetty among others wished fans.

Ganesh Chaturthi 2020: Ajay Devgn, Priyanka Chopra, Kangana Ranaut say ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya’, see pics

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Entertainment Desk
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2020 02:05 PM IST
On the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, a host of Bollywood celebrities including Priyanka Chopra, Madhuri Dixit, Kangana Ranaut, Ajay Devgn, Anil Kapoor, and Kajol, among others, wished fans.
The bench said if people travelled from one place to another to a different region or district, then there was a likelihood of the infection spreading and effective steps need to be taken to contain it.)(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
The bench said if people travelled from one place to another to a different region or district, then there was a likelihood of the infection spreading and effective steps need to be taken to contain it.)(Satish Bate/HT Photo)

Bombay HC to not interfere with compulsory Covid-19 test for those travelling to Konkan for Ganeshotsav

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kanchan Chaudhari
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2020 11:54 AM IST
The bench said that effective steps need to be taken to contain the spread of the deadly infection, especially where transportation of citizens from one region to another is concerned
Artisans giving final touches to Ganesha idols as Ganesh festival edges closer.(HT photo)
Artisans giving final touches to Ganesha idols as Ganesh festival edges closer.(HT photo)

Amid Covid-19 pandemic, Mumbai’s Ganesh pandals gear up for festival

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Tanushree Venkatraman | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2020 01:02 PM IST
The Brihanmumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Samanvay Samiti said that the mandals will ensure online darshan, social distancing within pandals amid the pandemic.
Pune, India - September 7, 2018: Artisans giving you final touches to Ganesha idols as Ganesh festival edges closer in Pune, India, on Friday, September 7, 2018.-HT photo
Pune, India - September 7, 2018: Artisans giving you final touches to Ganesha idols as Ganesh festival edges closer in Pune, India, on Friday, September 7, 2018.-HT photo

Expect heavy rain on day 1 of Ganeshotsav

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2020 07:43 AM IST
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued an orange alert (heavy to very heavy rain) for Thane and Palghar for Saturday and yellow alert for remaining days up to Sunday.
Ganeshotsav also called Ganesh Chaturthi, is a festival that starts on the fourth day of Hindu luni-solar calendar month Bhadrapada, will start on August 22 this year.(HT Photo)
Ganeshotsav also called Ganesh Chaturthi, is a festival that starts on the fourth day of Hindu luni-solar calendar month Bhadrapada, will start on August 22 this year.(HT Photo)

Lalbaugcha Raja Ganeshotsav celebrations cancelled in wake of Covid-19 pandemic

Mumbai | By Asian News International| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 01, 2020 09:58 AM IST
Each year, Ganeshotsav is celebrated in a lavish manner in Mumbai, where lakhs of devotees visit the mandals to seek blessing from Lord Ganesh.
On an average, 11,000 large and 1.6 lakh small idols are made each year during Ganeshotsav in Maharashtra using PoP.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo/File)
On an average, 11,000 large and 1.6 lakh small idols are made each year during Ganeshotsav in Maharashtra using PoP.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo/File)

Covid relief to artisans making idols for Ganeshotsav, PoP ban deferred for a year

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON MAY 22, 2020 06:27 PM IST
Environmentalists have criticised the government’s decision and said it can’t chose to not implement a court order.
Scouts and guides from Little Flower High School conducted a clean-up drive in Thane on Friday. Students collected 30 bags of floral waste in three hours. The waste was handed over to the TMC.(HT image)
Scouts and guides from Little Flower High School conducted a clean-up drive in Thane on Friday. Students collected 30 bags of floral waste in three hours. The waste was handed over to the TMC.(HT image)

53 tonnes of floral waste collected during Ganeshotsav in Thane

Thane | By Ankita G Menon
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2019 04:22 AM IST
The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) along with an NGO, Samarth Bharat Vyaspeeth, collected floral waste generated during the festival to convert them into fertilisers at a unit set up in Kopri.
Most potholes re-appeared just before the festive season, when heavy rain lashed the city.(HT image)
Most potholes re-appeared just before the festive season, when heavy rain lashed the city.(HT image)

Thane has more potholes this year: Survey

Thane | By Megha Pol
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2019 03:15 AM IST
The civic body claimed to have filled more than 2,911 potholes since the start of Ganeshotsav while the work of filling remaining potholes is underway.
Devotees in a procession to immerse idols of Ganesha in the Arabian Sea in Mumbai on Thursday.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
Devotees in a procession to immerse idols of Ganesha in the Arabian Sea in Mumbai on Thursday.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

Ganeshotsav: Mumbai records highest noise level in 4 years

Mumbai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2019 06:36 AM IST
Awaaz Foundation that recorded noise levels on Thursday night said the highest noise level, 121.3 decibels (dB) - as loud as a jet plane during takeoff (120 dB), was recorded near Royal Opera House junction on Charni Road just before midnight.
Independent meteorologists said rain activity will increase from Friday onwards and another wet weekend can be expected.(HT image)
Independent meteorologists said rain activity will increase from Friday onwards and another wet weekend can be expected.(HT image)

Expect light to moderate rain on the last day of Ganeshotsav, says weather bureau

Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2019 03:38 AM IST
Over the past 24 hours, the city and suburbs recorded light showers with 6.5mm rain in the suburbs between 8.30am on Tuesday and 8.30am on Wednesday, while south Mumbai recorded 9mm during the same time.
The police will deploy officers in plainclothes to protect women and children.(HT image)
The police will deploy officers in plainclothes to protect women and children.(HT image)

Mumbai police are all set to give a safe farewell to Bappa

Mumbai | By Vijay Kumar Yadav
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2019 02:38 AM IST
The city police have roped in three companies of the State Reserve Police Force and one company each of Rapid Action Force and Force 1.
Kirankumar Chavan, 42, a lecturer at a junior college in Thane, said, “Kartiki is very active. She is good at drawing and manages to bag a prize every time she participates in a competition.”(HT image)
Kirankumar Chavan, 42, a lecturer at a junior college in Thane, said, “Kartiki is very active. She is good at drawing and manages to bag a prize every time she participates in a competition.”(HT image)

8-yr-old donates savings to help flood-hit kids ‘buy books, toys’

Thane | By Ankita G Menon
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2019 03:38 AM IST
The money was submitted to the Thane district collector.
Mohanapuram Ganeshotsav Mandal at Mohanpuram Complex, Ambarnath, has designed a book-themed mandal this year. The arrangement has 3,000 books and an eco-friendly idol.(rishikesh choudhary/ht photo)
Mohanapuram Ganeshotsav Mandal at Mohanpuram Complex, Ambarnath, has designed a book-themed mandal this year. The arrangement has 3,000 books and an eco-friendly idol.(rishikesh choudhary/ht photo)

Devotees in Thane opt for green Ganpati celebrations

Thane | By Ankita G Menon, Thane
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2019 01:26 AM IST
Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) along with NGO Samarth Bharat Vyaspeeth collects floral waste to convert them into fertilisers at a Kopri unit.
The prices of flowers were in full bloom on the eve of Ganeshotsav starting in the city, much to the dismay of countless devotees who flocked to the market.(HT/PHOTO)
The prices of flowers were in full bloom on the eve of Ganeshotsav starting in the city, much to the dismay of countless devotees who flocked to the market.(HT/PHOTO)

Flower prices bloom ahead of Ganeshotsav, but devotees feel the pinch in Pune

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Shrinivas Deshpande
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2019 04:59 PM IST
The prices of flowers including marigold, tuberose, chrysanthemum, dutch rose and aster saw an increase of 30 per cent on Sunday.
This year, Ganeshotsav in Pune, is riding high on politics and patriotism.(Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)
This year, Ganeshotsav in Pune, is riding high on politics and patriotism.(Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)

Pune rides high on politics and patriotism this Ganeshotsav

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Prachi Bari, Pune
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2019 09:39 PM IST
At Malhar studios, Navi peth, owner Mahesh Limaye is giving final touches to the mixing of scripts that are tailor-made for various mandals.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2019: The GSB Seva Mandal, Kings Circle will unveil its medium-sized 14-feet idol, the ‘richest’ Ganesh in the world which attracts over a million visitors.(Unsplash)
Ganesh Chaturthi 2019: The GSB Seva Mandal, Kings Circle will unveil its medium-sized 14-feet idol, the ‘richest’ Ganesh in the world which attracts over a million visitors.(Unsplash)

Ganesh Chaturthi 2019: Maharashtra gears up for Ganeshotsav

Mumbai | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON JUN 25, 2020 01:10 AM IST
Ganesh Chaturthi 2019: Maharashtra is set to welcome Lord Ganesha, also known as ‘Vighnaharta’ (remover of obstacles), for the 10-day long Ganesh Chaturthi, deemed as the state’s biggest public festival, slated to begin on Monday.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2019: Apart from those celebrating the occasion, the spread of festivities to Delhi has generated employment opportunities to sculptors who usually work in full swing during Diwali.(Ganesh Chaturthi 2019:)
Ganesh Chaturthi 2019: Apart from those celebrating the occasion, the spread of festivities to Delhi has generated employment opportunities to sculptors who usually work in full swing during Diwali.(Ganesh Chaturthi 2019:)

Ganesh Chaturthi 2019: How Delhi is preparing for the festival

Asian News International | By Asian News International, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2020 04:37 AM IST
Ganesh Chaturthi 2019: As the festival inches closer, the vendors on the street are painting a riot of colours with varied idols of the ‘vighnaharta’ on offer.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2019: Devotees celebrate the festival by keeping idols of Lord Ganesha at home or in pandals where huge statues are displayed.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Ganesh Chaturthi 2019: Devotees celebrate the festival by keeping idols of Lord Ganesha at home or in pandals where huge statues are displayed.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

Ganesh Chaturthi 2019: Best wishes, quotes, images to share on Facebook and Whatsapp

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2020 04:07 AM IST
Ganesh Chaturthi 2019: Here are wishes and images you can send to your family and friends to wish them on this auspicious occasion.
In Kalyan, the organisers of the 125-year-old Subhedar Wada have set up a crowdfunding campaign to help people inundated by flooding in Kolhapur and Sangli.(Rishikesh Choudhary/HT Photo)
In Kalyan, the organisers of the 125-year-old Subhedar Wada have set up a crowdfunding campaign to help people inundated by flooding in Kolhapur and Sangli.(Rishikesh Choudhary/HT Photo)

Ganesh Chaturthi 2019: Kalyan mandals come together to help flood-affected

Hindustan Times, Kalyan | By Priyanka Dhomse, Kalyan
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2019 07:59 AM IST
Subhedhar Wada’s Ganesh mandal will be open from 10am to 7pm during the festival period, starting from Monday.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2019: Lord Ganesha, also known as the God of New Beginnings, the Remover of Obstacles, is the God of wisdom and intelligence, and also the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.(HT File photo)
Ganesh Chaturthi 2019: Lord Ganesha, also known as the God of New Beginnings, the Remover of Obstacles, is the God of wisdom and intelligence, and also the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.(HT File photo)

Ganesh Chaturthi 2019: Quotes, images, wishes, messages, Facebook and WhatsApp status

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2019 10:21 AM IST
Ganesh Chaturthi 2019: People celebrate the festival publicly as well as privately; every home is graced with an idol of Ganesha, and devotees flock to pandals to seek blessings from the larger-than-life idols.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2019: There is a lot of excitement weeks before Ganesh Chaturthi, with people making clay idols of Ganesha and painting them.(Unsplash)
Ganesh Chaturthi 2019: There is a lot of excitement weeks before Ganesh Chaturthi, with people making clay idols of Ganesha and painting them.(Unsplash)

Ganesh Chaturthi 2019: Date, time, Shubh Muhurat, facts and importance of the festival

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 22, 2020 09:26 PM IST
Ganesh Chaturthi 2019: Lord Ganesha is supposed to be a symbol of wisdom, luck and good fortune. Lord Ganesha is also addressed as Gajanana, Ganesh, Gajadant among others.
Devotees throng to buy decorative items ahead of Ganesh Chathurti festival at APMC Market in Navi Mumbai.(File photo by Bachchan Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Devotees throng to buy decorative items ahead of Ganesh Chathurti festival at APMC Market in Navi Mumbai.(File photo by Bachchan Kumar/ Hindustan Times)

Slowdown hits Ganeshotsav: Small mandals in Mumbai see 25% fewer sponsors

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Yesha Kotak
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2019 03:46 AM IST
Mandals across the city are slotted into four categories based on footfall and location, which in turn decides the advertising rates. Bigger Ganpati mandals, which are famous and have high footfall, charge more than 1 lakh for advertisements on one gate.
There are currently 3,332 mandals registered with the police and some of them were fined last year for violation of noise-related norms and encroaching public space. A Ganpati mandap in Sadashiv peth on Tuesday.(Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)
There are currently 3,332 mandals registered with the police and some of them were fined last year for violation of noise-related norms and encroaching public space. A Ganpati mandap in Sadashiv peth on Tuesday.(Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)

‘Don’t occupy roads’: Pune police to Ganpati mandals

Hindustan Times, Pune | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2019 04:57 PM IST
According to Supreme Court directives, mandaps erected for Ganeshotsav or any other religious activity, should not occupy more than one-third of the road to avoid traffic congestion
une Municipal Corporation workers.(HT PHOTO)
une Municipal Corporation workers.(HT PHOTO)

Trimming trees ahead of Ganeshotsav causes traffic snarls in Pune

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Prachi Bari
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2019 08:59 PM IST
Pune Municipal Corporation has given orders to clear the procession route that has low-hanging branches as it can limit movement and visibility, causing a potential hazard to pedestrians and motorists.
The illegal Balayogi Shree Sadanand Maharaj Ashram situated inside Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary.(HT image)
The illegal Balayogi Shree Sadanand Maharaj Ashram situated inside Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary.(HT image)

Tungareshwar ashram: State seeks extension for demolition till after Ganpati, elections

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2019 12:52 AM IST
This is the second time that the state has requested an extension for demolishing the ashram.
The Brihanmumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshostsav Samanvay Samiti (BSGSS), the umbrella organisation of Ganpati mandals in the city, has appealed to mandals to avoid grand celebrations and donate towards relief for people in flood-affected areas.(Hindustan Times)
The Brihanmumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshostsav Samanvay Samiti (BSGSS), the umbrella organisation of Ganpati mandals in the city, has appealed to mandals to avoid grand celebrations and donate towards relief for people in flood-affected areas.(Hindustan Times)

‘This Ganeshotsav avoid the grandeur, donate money instead’: BSGSS

Mumbai | By Yesha Kotak, Mumbai
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2019 12:51 AM IST
Naresh Dahibavkar, president of BSGSS, said, “Instead of spending on decoration, mandals have been asked to be mindful of what is happening in the state. That way they can save money, which will help rebuild our state.”
Murtikars, who want to use footpaths to make and sell idols, have to obtain permission from the BMC.(Anil Dayal / HT File)
Murtikars, who want to use footpaths to make and sell idols, have to obtain permission from the BMC.(Anil Dayal / HT File)

Give preference to city’s idol makers: Mumbai’s Ganesh mandals tell BMC

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Yesha Kotak, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JUL 12, 2019 02:59 PM IST
A Mumbai-based organisation approached the BMC after it noticed that at the end of Ganeshotsav, several unsold idols are abandoned on footpaths and streets.
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