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A festival for the community

A festival for the community

Ganesh festivities are almost coming to an end and apart from visiting each other’s homes, the Sarvajanik Ganesha Mandal’s in cities and villages are also must-visit. NT BUZZ gets you some Sarvajanik Ganeshtosav Mandal’s of South and North Goa that celebrated the festival this year
Ramandeep Kaur and SACHI NAIK | NT BUZZ
Mapusa Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal Trust
The Ganeshotsav celebrations first started in 1962 in Ram Manohar Lohia Garden at Mapusa and then it was shifted to main gate of the market. The six-foot Ganesha idol is imported from Banda, Maharashtra and the Ganesha Mukut and ornaments are of pure gold. Former president of Mapusa Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal Trust, Tushar Tople says: “This is the 57th year and every year we get artistes who perform Marathi drama and musical shows from Maharashtra. For students we conduct patriotic singing, elocution and storytelling competitions. During Ganesh Chaturthi, the Trust also gives scholarships to 20 needy students from 17 schools.
Panjekar Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal at Panaji Square
Sourced from Kolhapur, the nine-and-a-half-foot, Ganesha idol at the Panaji Square looks divine and royal. Also, the columns of the makhar are inspired by Rajwada Palace, in Indore. President, Panjekar Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal, Ashok Patil says that they have been celebrating for the last 26 years. During the eleven-day celebrations, they have aarti three times a day at 9 a.m., 12 noon and 7 p.m. A number of activities like fancy dress, drawing competitions etc are also held. The visarjan will be held today at around 8 p.m. at Panaji Ferry Point.
Sai Kala Mandal at Tariwada, Marcel
This is the 18th year of Ganeshotsav celebrations at Sai Kala Mandal at Tariwada, Marcel. Member of the Mandal, Samir Tari says: “This year Sai Baba’s Samadhi will be completing 100 years so we have installed an eight-foot Ganesha idol made of sabudana which is similar to the Sai Baba statue inside the Shirdi temple. The idol will be immersed on October 3.
Kshatriya Maratha Samaj Shree Ram Devasthan, Rambhuvan Wada, Kumbarjua
It was in the year 2003 when the Chaturthi celebrations began here. Member, Kshatriya Maratha Samaj Shree Ram Devasthan, Rambhuvan Wada, Kumbarjua, Suraj Tari says: “We are holding celebrations for 21 days.”
Here there is a smaller idol of Ganesha and a larger installation of Lord Shiva. The installation depicts a scene where Shiva or Mahadev, is bathing in a lake and the young Ganesha is dancing on the hood of the serpent around Mahadev’s neck. The idol is made using grams and has taken three months to complete. “Around fifteen people have worked on this one,” he says.
Dicholi Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal, Bicholim
Keeping the environment in mind, this two-foot Ganesha idol is made out of mud. “We have been having these celebrations for the last 35 years,” says president, Dicholi Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal, Bicholim, Nitin Kumbharjuvekar. The 11 days of celebrations will conclude today and the Ganesh Visarjan will be held around 9 p.m.
Sarvajanik Ganesha at Aquem
Ravindra Korgaonkar, the president of Sarvajanik Shri Ganeshotsav Yuvak Mandal, Aquem says they are known for their fantastic scenes over the past 36 years of celebrating the nine days of Chavath. Damodar Shirodkar takes the responsibility of developing the concept every year. Cultural programmes such as dance competition, abhang singing competition, and orchestra are held every year. The committee is planning to construct a Ganesh temple at Aquem and celebrations will be shifted there.
Sarvajanik Ganesh of Comba near Vitthal Mandir
President, Comba Sarvajanik Shri Ganeshotsav Samiti, Vinay Alve says that they have been celebrating the Sarvajanik Ganesh (of five days) near Vitthal Mandir for the 27th time this year. On the first two days, members of the committee celebrate their Ganesh Chaturthi in their homes. From the third day they organise different cultural programmes at the community level. This year they organised acupressure camp, two dramas, cookery contests, fancy dress competition and also felicitated students of SSC and HSSC. Teacher, Sumedha Lotlikar and Margao councillor, Suchita Malkarnekar were also felicitated this year. Every year, one drama is performed by the youth of Comba.
Pimplekatta Sarvajanik Ganesh
Sarvajanik Ganesha at Pimplekatta in Margao is one of the oldest ‘sarvajanik’ celebrations of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival that began in 1957, completing 62 years this year. The founder member and the president of the committee, Motiram Parodkar says that they have never felt the need to buy a single fruit for the matoli hung over the idol as people in the market would give them willingly to Lord Ganesha. Here the festival is celebrated for 11 days annually with many cultural programmes through the time. This year, the programmes included staging of a tiatr ‘Porzoll’, bhajan recital, Marathi play ‘Mazhya Mitrachi Baiko’, orchestra; and mahapuja and visarjan will be held today.
Margao Police Station
Police inspector Kapil Nayak heads the 11 days celebration of Ganesh Chaturti every year for over a decade. The aartis are performed by the police staff and several other cultural programmes are organised. This year the group ‘Om Beats Orchestra’ performed for the people; rangoli, karaoke, fancy dress competitions, and Satyanarayan Pooja were also held. The Ganapati miravnuk and visarjan will be today from 4 p.m. onwards.
Old College Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal Trust
President of Old College Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal Trust in Vidyanagar, Anant Redkar, said the seven-day Sarvajanik Ganesha celebrations have been held every year since 1992. Concerned about the rising air pollution, this year the trust decided to contribute a little towards environment by bursting very few firecrackers during the aartis. Further, the added components of the scene are not made of thermocol but of plywood.

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