Monday, September 04, 2006

A Ganesh in Every Corner

During Ganapati Mahotsav, Ganesh Mandals appear in unlikely places. I came upon this one just walking down one of the narrow bylanes of Dharavi (Mumbai's largest informal housing and industrial settlement). What I found sort of comical as I squeezed past this mandal is that Ganesh is the "remover of obstacles."

Today I got an email with the following statistics:
7,000 mandals that are registered
5,000 number of unregisetred mandals in city

75,000 - 1 lakh (100,000) estimated daily crowd at large manadals
35,000 to 45,000 estimated daily crowd at medium-sized mandals
5,000 estimated daily crowd at small madals


Anonymous granny said...

you spoke of last years ganesh--do they create a new one every year, and what do they do with the old one? i know some are made of porcelain, what other materials are they made of? love you, granny

8:37 PM  

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