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100 Million Rupee Ganesha Idol In Mumbai!

By Staff

Many devotes have celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi in Mumbai on 23rd August 2009 with fervor. Several religious groups in Mumbai took pride in worshipping Ganesha idols in makeshift temples. At Wadala in Mumbai, a community Ganesha Puja has been organized where the idol is believed to be the richest in terms of cost.

The idol of Ganesha has been created under the banner of GSB Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Samiti. According to the organisers, the gold ornaments weigh around 65 kilograms while the silver ones are in the range of 250 kilograms.

Lord Ganesha, is one of the most revered Gods of Hindus, and is worshipped at the beginning of every auspicious occasion. Ganesha, as the God of knowledge is described as “Vinayaka"and as remover of obstacles he is called “Vighanharta". He is worshipped at the beginning of every auspicious occasion for blessings of luck and success. On the concluding day of the festival, the idols are carried in grand processions and immersed in rivers or seas.

The Gowd Saraswat Brahmin (GSB) is a community of high caste Hindus hailing from the coastal areas of Karnataka and Kerala. Their mother tongue is Konkani. An array of electronic surveillance devices to monitor the crowds has been installed while professional security guards and trained volunteers will monitor round the clock, at the Pandal or makeshift temple of GSB Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Samiti.

Meanwhile, in the wake of last year's Mumbai terror attacks, none of the community Puja organisers wants to take a risk vis-a-vis public safety and security. Special security measures are in place to prevent theft. Mumbai Police have deployed posse of policemen and also a bomb disposal squad at the site of the community Puja as a preventive measure.

Story first published: Monday, August 24, 2009, 12:17 [IST]
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