Monday, September 21, 2015

A Very Organised Ganapati Visarjan

Today is 5th of Ganapati Festival. Most families having Ganapati generally have Visarjan of Lord Ganapati on this (5th day). While it is day of festivities, convergence of large no of families at locations around Mumbai for Visarjan generally result in chaos despite best efforts of Greater Mumbai Municipal Corporation, political parties and volunteers.

When I came down to Prabhadevi for Visarjan of our family Ganapati we had Mayor's bungalow at Shivaji Park in our mind. The crowd and the traffic was deterring us. Then there was a change of plan. Instead of Shivaji Park we decided to go to Chavanni Gully (चवन्नी गल्ली) a offshoot from Prabhadevi Road. I understand this arrangement of artificial pond for Ganapati Visarjan has been in existence for three years.

It turned out to be in opposite direction from the flow of crowd  from our house. So the Kilometer long drive was smooth. From Prabhadevi Road when we turned in into Chavanni Gully what a pleasant surprise it was. It a a small ground with adequate parking, large number of volunteers to regulate people, fabulous artificial pond and volunteers to do Visarjan. Good crowd management,  excellent arrangements for Aarti of Lord Ganapati and Visarjan.

Post Visarjan the devotees were to go to reception where a certificate of eco friendly Visarjan in artificial pond, Prasad of Siddhi Vinayak Temple and surprise surprise, boiling hot Vada Pav,  that too ten of them. What a fabulous farewell to Lord Ganapati it turned out to be.

Thanks are due to Greater Mumbai Municipal Corporation, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena and scores of Volunteers for having such organised and smooth arrangements for bidding good bye to dear guest Lord Ganapati. 

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