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.
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.
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)
and Chinchpokli cha Chintamani (Chintamani of Chinchpokli)
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,