Friday, July 24, 2009

High tide and Ganesha in Mumbai.


How many times the weather man's prediction been right?
Today was termed as a potential disaster day in Mumbai with tide hitting 100yrs high?
The anticipation of high tide with heavy rain seemed a disaster recipe and many tried hand at the half cooked attempt.
Yes we enjoyed the spectre of high tide but for rain it was a day off.
The erratic pattern of rain has become a cause of concern for the country as it has the potential to halt the GDP growth.
The city of Mumbai is getting ready to welcome the favorite deity Gan-
apati or Ganesh the elephant headed Hindu god.
The artisan working in the clay statue are a treat to watch.The concentration and the love for perfection seen in there hand work is amazing.
The traditional Marathi homes in and around Mumbai will bring the loved Ganesha to there home for 1,5 or 10 days.Apart from the private ceremony there are public celebration in most locality where the community donates and huge canopy is raised to mimic theme popular in recent times.
The participation in Ganapati celebration is not restricted to religion as all worship the deity for his remarkable power of granting ones wishes.
Such strong is the faith of the Mumbaikars on Ganapati that the Siddhivinayak temple is crowded on most days.But the best display of faith is on Tuesday the day of Ganesha.
Its the binding faith of people from all sects that moves this chaotic and disorganised city.
To one from outside its a filthy city to ones living here its addictive.Welcome to Mumbai...

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