Diwali is just few days behind us. So, here I’m with few snapshots of the festive lights.
The fairy lights put around a local temple.
The traditional floating light at my home- welcoming all and sundry.
Everyone have the tradition of hanging a sky lantern in front of the door to scare away darkness (& evil). So here is ours,
Of course, Diwali means bursting various kinds of crackers.
And some more,
The last one is my personal favourite – a hugh sky lantern hanging in a nearby apartments’ colony.
I’ll let the pictures speak themselves, taken on the eve of Ganesh Chaturthi (The Ganesh Festival). Just wish they could show the electric sparks flying in the atmosphere, it’s that HAPPENNING!!
Just Enjoy Folks!!
The decorative garlands on display
Some more jewellery – to be worn on the arms
Various items required for the Ganesh Puja
More necessary items
The asanaas for Ganesh – to place the idol on it
Various kinds of fruits for the Ganesh – not to be eaten, just for the Puja
Some more Ganeshas waiting to be taken home
The year 2012 is the sesquicentennial celebration year for the Mumbai (Bombay) High Court. So, to mark the occasion they have organised an exhibition describing the history of the said court. This includes a live court room complete with jury boxes and judges’ seat, various legal documents, decrees and photographs of old times.
It was a walkthrough in an era gone by and hence, we when attended the exhibition; we had quite a happy time despite all that sombre legal stuff around. Sadly as no cameras were allowed inside as per the government regulations, I couldn’t capture the building and the said courtroom from inside. But nothing has stopped us from taking pictures from outside of the building and here they are:
Mumbai, in all its glory is simply referred to as the Financial Capital of India. It does not signify any particular colour or emotion – like Jaipur is fondly called the Pink City or Kolkata is referred as the City of Joy.
As a result, this city does not have any uniform colour, smell or feeling across its various regions. But this all changes with the advent of monsoon. Rains bring much respite from the year round humid weather; promises joys with the beginning of festive periods and of course gives this grimy city some much required colour. All year round Mumbai is dusty, grey or burning yellow and specked with dirt. But monsoon paints the city green, right from the Kala Ghoda promenade in the south to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park of the north suburbs.
Here, I’m presenting few brief glimpses of the greenery across this freshened up city.
“Lord Ganesha you protect me from all the obstacles when I am praising about your appearance, when I am listening about your merits/qualities.
When I am passing the merit of your worshipping to others you protect me. When I am learning your worshipping from the Guru you protect me.
The obstacles which will come across in my devotional worshipping you protect them from East, West, North, South and other surrounding/directions.”
There is an annual festival of Ganesha, which typically falls in the Hindu month of Bhadraprada (Around August / September). The festival begins on the fourth day of Bhadrapada known as ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’, with people bringing clay idols of Ganesha in their homes as a symbolic visit from the God. Depending upon each family’s tradition, these idols are immersed in the nearby water bodies on 1, 5, 7, or 11 days. The 11th day is called ‘Ananta Chaturdashi’ and on this day the festival culminates with the crowd roaring to “Ganapati Bappa Morya”.
Since the festival is celebrated in private as well as in public pavilions across India (especially in the cities of Mumbai & Pune); there is a great demand for various kinds of Ganesha idols. This post is all about the making of these idols, clicked through various phases of creating the magnificent sculptures.
The process begins with mixing of clay & plaster of Paris + dried hey
Sometimes the materials are recycled from unfinished or leftover idol parts.
Then this mixture is poured through plastic moulds to form various body parts of the idol.
After this, all the parts of a particular idol are joined together with various techniques.
This sculpture is then polished and fine-tuned.
The delicate facial features are smoothed with brush.
Then the colours are applied, first the base coat and then finished ones.
The result of this long and tedious process, is this – the beautiful and colourful idols of Ganesha.