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A person with a video camera at the Kasba Ganpati Mandal where online darshan services have been arranged.(HT PHOTO)

Online darshans to smaller idols make fest unique in Pune

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Shalaka Shinde
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2020 06:03 PM IST
To catch a glimpse of the well-known Ganpati idols like Lalbaugcha Raja, Dagdusheth Ganpati and other, the devotees will have to log in online instead of in-person darshan
As part of the code of conduct, the police have banned any procession, while mandals have been barred from making temples.(PTI)
As part of the code of conduct, the police have banned any procession, while mandals have been barred from making temples.(PTI)

Pune police put in place code of conduct for Ganpati festival

Hindustan Times, Pune | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2020 03:31 PM IST
The guidelines have been issued for mandals as well as citizens in view of Covid-19.
Devotees carry an idol of Lord Ganesha for installation on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi festival on Aug 22, 2020.(PTI)
Devotees carry an idol of Lord Ganesha for installation on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi festival on Aug 22, 2020.(PTI)

How Mumbai is worshipping Ganpati in the time of Covid

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Neha LM Tripathi
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2020 03:13 PM IST
While some have made idols out of chocolates and other sweet dishes, others have used clay in order to celebrate the festival in the safest way.
To catch a glimpse of the well-known Ganapati idols like those in Lalbaugcha Raja and Dagdusheth Ganapati, devotees will have to go online instead of visiting in person. (HT Photo )
To catch a glimpse of the well-known Ganapati idols like those in Lalbaugcha Raja and Dagdusheth Ganapati, devotees will have to go online instead of visiting in person. (HT Photo )

Covid impact: Five ways this year’s Ganpati festival is different

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Shalaka Shinde
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2020 11:45 AM IST
The police have prohibited any processions, which are one of the highlights of the festival.
Many Ganpati mandals in the city voluntarily decided to contain Ganesh festivities this year, keeping in mind the current Covid-19 situation in the city and state.(AP)
Many Ganpati mandals in the city voluntarily decided to contain Ganesh festivities this year, keeping in mind the current Covid-19 situation in the city and state.(AP)

Social distancing, virtual darshan: Many changes in this year’s Ganpati festival

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Shreya Bhandary
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2020 11:45 PM IST
Most smaller mandals and residential complexes have built artificial ponds within their society premises in order to ensure that people don’t crowd near larger water bodies for immersion (visarjan).
Many Ganpati mandals in the city voluntarily decided to contain Ganesha festivities this year keeping in mind the current Covid-19 situation in the city and state.(AFP)
Many Ganpati mandals in the city voluntarily decided to contain Ganesha festivities this year keeping in mind the current Covid-19 situation in the city and state.(AFP)

In Mumbai, housing societies take to artificial ponds for Ganesha visarjan

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Shreya Bhandary
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2020 11:51 AM IST
Most smaller mandals and residential complexes have built artificial ponds within their society premises in order to ensure that people don’t crowd near larger water bodies for immersion (visarjan).
An artisan gives final touch to idol of Lord Ganesha.(PTI)
An artisan gives final touch to idol of Lord Ganesha.(PTI)

Online classes, idol kits for people to celebrate Ganesha festival at home

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Neha LM Tripathi
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2020 08:38 AM IST
The measures are aimed at keeping people at home during the coronavirus pandemic.
An artist gives final touches to Ganpati idols at Kali Bari in Chandigarh.(Keshav Singh/HT)
An artist gives final touches to Ganpati idols at Kali Bari in Chandigarh.(Keshav Singh/HT)

Large hearted Ganpati gets smaller as festivities are toned down due to Covid-19

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Saurabh Duggal, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2020 11:59 PM IST
The Covid-19 pandemic has hit idol-makers hard as demand dips and festivities go low key with large gatherings prohibited
The officials take reading every ten minutes while continuously recording the sound, then an average is derived after compiling the readings. (In pic) Devotees throng the immersion procession of Tulshibaug Ganpati Mndal in large numbers at Alka Talkies chowk on Thursday.(MILIND SAHUKAR/HT PHOTO)
The officials take reading every ten minutes while continuously recording the sound, then an average is derived after compiling the readings. (In pic) Devotees throng the immersion procession of Tulshibaug Ganpati Mndal in large numbers at Alka Talkies chowk on Thursday.(MILIND SAHUKAR/HT PHOTO)

Ganeshotsav in Pune: Rise in festive fervour, dip in noise pollution

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Prachi Bari
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2019 02:55 PM IST
The officials recorded the noise levels at the crossroads of Chitale Bandhu Mithaiwale and Mandai near Shanipar area as 88 decibels (dB), and 92 decibels (dB) on Laxmi road, at 10 pm.
Rishi Kapoor visited Neil Nitin Mukesh and his family on Wednesday.
Rishi Kapoor visited Neil Nitin Mukesh and his family on Wednesday.

Rishi Kapoor visits Neil Nitin Mukesh’s home for Ganpati darshan, meets his daughter Nurvi. See pics

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2019 07:23 PM IST
Rishi Kapoor visited Neil Nitin Mukesh and family on Tuesday post his return from New York after his cancer treatment.
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.
For the convenience of commuters, Central Railway (CR) and Western Railway (WR) will run 36 additional services this weekend and on September 12, the last day of Ganpati Visarjan.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
For the convenience of commuters, Central Railway (CR) and Western Railway (WR) will run 36 additional services this weekend and on September 12, the last day of Ganpati Visarjan.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

36 more services on CR, WR for Ganpati, no mega block

Mumbai | By Kailash Korde, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2019 01:46 AM IST
The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) will also operate 18 additional bus services during this time.
Lalbaugcha Raja in Mumbai.(HT PHOTO)
Lalbaugcha Raja in Mumbai.(HT PHOTO)

Lalbaugcha Raja receives gold dining set worth Rs 50 lakh from unidentified devotee

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Yesha Kotak, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2019 06:22 PM IST
Last year, the Lalbaugcha Raja had received a gold Ganpati idol, with a diamond encrusted on its crown, weighing around 1.2 kg. It’s value was estimated to be around 42 lakh.
Devotees immerse the idol of Ganesha on the second day of the Ganpati festival on the bank of Mutha river in Pune.(Milind Saurkar/HT File Photo)
Devotees immerse the idol of Ganesha on the second day of the Ganpati festival on the bank of Mutha river in Pune.(Milind Saurkar/HT File Photo)

Mumbaiites pick ponds for Bappa’s farewell

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Yesha Kotak, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2019 03:58 AM IST
The BMC has created 32 artificial ponds across the city for Ganpati immersion. “We have been getting better response at artificial ponds as a lot of people do not want to travel to far off places for immersion, especially when they have artificial ponds nearby,” said a senior civic official.
Ganesh Chauturthi 2019: Several Bollywood personalities shared pictures of their celebrations.
Ganesh Chauturthi 2019: Several Bollywood personalities shared pictures of their celebrations.

Inside Bollywood stars’ Ganesh Chaturthi: Sonali Bendre, Shilpa Shetty, Ekta Kapoor bring Ganpati home. See pics

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2019 02:49 PM IST
Several Bollywood personalities such as Kartik Aaryan, Sonali Bendre, Vivek Oberoi and Sonu Sood celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi at their homes. See pictures here.
The Lalbaugcha Raja is one of the most-visited Ganesh mandal in Mumbai(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
The Lalbaugcha Raja is one of the most-visited Ganesh mandal in Mumbai(Satish Bate/HT Photo)

Ganesh Chaturthi 2019: Here’s your guide to Mumbai’s top 10 Ganpati pandals

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Yesha Kotak
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2020 10:24 PM IST
Ganesh Chaturthi 2019: As Bappa occupies a space in your homes and minds, here’s all you need to know about Mumbai’s popular mandals.
Shilpa Shetty smiles as she brings her Ganpati home.(Varinder Chawla)
Shilpa Shetty smiles as she brings her Ganpati home.(Varinder Chawla)

Ganesh Chaturthi 2019: Shilpa Shetty, Vivek Oberoi bring Ganpati home. See pics

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2019 07:01 PM IST
Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty brought home her Ganpati as she gears up for Ganesh Chaturthi - a 10-day festival that begins on Monday.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2019:Since Lord Ganesha loves modak, he is also called Modakapriyaya, one of his 108 names.(Youtube)
Ganesh Chaturthi 2019:Since Lord Ganesha loves modak, he is also called Modakapriyaya, one of his 108 names.(Youtube)

Ganesh Chaturthi 2019: How modak became Lord Ganesha’s favourite sweet

Asian News International | By Asian News International, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2020 04:55 AM IST
Ganesha holds dominion over all ‘Ganas’, a general term assigned to all the classes of beings, ranging from insects, animals, and humans, to all the subtle and the celestial beings.
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.
The organisers of Azad Nagar Sarvajanik Utsav Samiti (popularly known as Andhericha Raja) said that over the years, devotees have been requesting them to accept donations through digital transactions.(Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
The organisers of Azad Nagar Sarvajanik Utsav Samiti (popularly known as Andhericha Raja) said that over the years, devotees have been requesting them to accept donations through digital transactions.(Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)

In a first, swipe your card, make a donation at Mumbai’s Andhericha Raja

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Yesha Kotak, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2019 06:30 AM IST
Naresh Dahibhavkar, president of Brihanmumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Samanvay Samiti (BSGSS) – the umbrella organisation of Ganpati mandals in the city – said donations through card payments is the first such initiative by any mandal in the city.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2019: Story behind Lord Ganesha’s love for modak, modak recipes to try at home.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2019: Story behind Lord Ganesha’s love for modak, modak recipes to try at home.

Ganesh Chaturthi 2019: Here’s why Lord Ganesha loves modaks; modak recipes to try at home

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2019 10:24 AM IST
Ganesh Chaturthi 2019: Modak is a very popular dessert which is especially consumed during Ganpati festivities.
Devotees carry an idol of Ganesh, Mumbai, August 17, 2019(Bhushan Koyande/ HT PHOTO)
Devotees carry an idol of Ganesh, Mumbai, August 17, 2019(Bhushan Koyande/ HT PHOTO)

Mark festivals, with joy and care

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2019 05:24 PM IST
They are grand and democratic in nature. But be empathetic
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.
Hollywood celebrity Fashion Designer Sai Suman with Andhericha Raja at Rajan Khatu Ganesh Workshop, Lalbaug , in Mumbai on Tuesday, 27 Aug, 2019.(Bhushan Koyande / HT)
Hollywood celebrity Fashion Designer Sai Suman with Andhericha Raja at Rajan Khatu Ganesh Workshop, Lalbaug , in Mumbai on Tuesday, 27 Aug, 2019.(Bhushan Koyande / HT)

Mumbai’s Ganesh mandal, Andhericha Raja, to be dressed up in designer wear

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Yesha Kotak
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2019 08:36 AM IST
A glimpse of the look was seen on Tuesday night, when the idol was taken to the pandal, with the Bappa wearing a magenta shawl with golden handwork and a blue satin dhoti.
During Ganesh Chaturthi, devotees tend to offer gold ornaments, such as crowns, trunks, durvas, coins and chains to the deity.(Hindustan Times)
During Ganesh Chaturthi, devotees tend to offer gold ornaments, such as crowns, trunks, durvas, coins and chains to the deity.(Hindustan Times)

Gold offerings for Ganpati drop as prices soar by Rs 9,000 this year

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Naresh Kamath
UPDATED ON AUG 26, 2019 08:25 AM IST
According to the Mumbai Jewellers Association, the massive hike in gold prices to Rs 38,000 for every 10 grams, from Rs 29,000 for every 10 grams in 2018, has led to the drop in sales.
On Sunday at 9:30pm, personnel from the Tardeo police were on a bandobast duty for the Tardeo Sarvajanik Ganesh Ustav Mitra Mandal procession near Jariwala Chawl in Sane Guruji Marg.(HT image)
On Sunday at 9:30pm, personnel from the Tardeo police were on a bandobast duty for the Tardeo Sarvajanik Ganesh Ustav Mitra Mandal procession near Jariwala Chawl in Sane Guruji Marg.(HT image)

Two booked for flying drone in Mumbai during Ganpati procession

Mumbai | By Faisal Tandel
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2019 05:12 AM IST
Mumbai Police commissioner Sanjay Barve, in a routine circular on July 17, had issued restrictions on the use of drones from July 22 to August 20.
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.
This time, inmates have so far crafted 800 Ganpati idols.(HT Photo)
This time, inmates have so far crafted 800 Ganpati idols.(HT Photo)

Nashik prison diaries: Where inmates turn artisans for Ganpati

Mumbai | By Faisal Tandel
PUBLISHED ON JUL 22, 2019 04:13 AM IST
It all started as a rehabilitation programme for the inmates in 2017.
Meezaan and Sharmin Segal in a still from Malaal trailer.
Meezaan and Sharmin Segal in a still from Malaal trailer.

Malaal trailer: Meezaan and Sharmin Segal’s love-hate relationship transforms into a tragedy. Watch here

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2019 03:25 PM IST
Malaal trailer: Debutants Meezaan and Sharmin Segal’s fresh love story looks promising for its Marathi feel and interesting dialogues.
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