Ganesh Visarjan, Mumbai, 2017

Undoubtedly, Ganesh Chaturthi or Ganesh Puja as you may call it, is the biggest and the most grand event every year pan Maharashtra. The entire week pujas are held in the pandals, and then, on the designated day, the grand murtis are paraded through the city and then immersed in the waters of either the ocean, or a river or big lakes. Here, in Mumbai, Juhu chowpatty and Girgaum chowpatty are famous for the visarjan ceremonies.

Ganesh Idol parades through the crowd

Ganesh Idol being readied for Visarjan

Along with the idols, there are throngs of crowd all along the way. The spectators cheer and give the god a proper sendoff. The chants of “Ganpati Bappa Morya!! Mangalmurti Morya!!” fill the air quite often.

Dense crowd awaits the arrival of the Ganesh Idol for Visarjan

A boy sits on his father's shoulder during the Visarjan

The idol is being captured on the mobile phone camera

Ganesh idol parades to the visarjan

Ganesh idol parades to the visarjan

Ganesh idol parades to the visarjan

Me and a friend, we were at Chinchpokli, waiting to catch a glimpse of two of the most famous idols in the city….

Laalbagh cha Raja (King of Laalbagh)
Laalbagh cha Raja making his way to the visarjan

and Chinchpokli cha Chintamani (Chintamani of Chinchpokli)
Chinchpokli cha Chintamani making his way to the visarjan

Despite the crowd and the shoving and pushing, it was quite an amazing experience. I must add, this event, this visarjan coverage, also served as the field test for my newly acquired Nikon D7200. I had been meaning to buy this camera since quite some time, and now that I own it, I am absolutely in love with it. The quick 6fps burst in the CH mode, ensures that no frames are missed. The best bit of it all, my 50mm prime lens, auto focuses on this body.

Let me know how you find the results.

Until next time,


Ganpati Bappa….Morya!!

If you were in Maharashtra, am sure you would have heard this chant in the praise of the Lord Ganesha loud and clear quite often. Add heavy bass drums and cymbals in rhythms. Colourful processions, music and dance.
This is what Ganesh Chhaturthi or Ganesh Utsav looks like in Pune







Until the next festival….

Ganpati Bappa….morya; Mangal Murti….morya!!