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In Photos | When Mumbai Brings Lord Ganesha Home

Ganesh Chaturthi: Mumbai’s Carnival of Colour

A photographer captures Mumbaikars’ love and devotion for the elephant god.

For a non-Mumbaikar, Ganesh Chaturthi—the 10-day extravaganza celebrating Lord Ganesha—can seem overwhelming. But, there’s also no better time to make the city home. There are over 6,000 public idols, and people also bring the god home. It’s a festival like no other, the city is gripped with an electrifying fervour: all streets are decked up with lights, drums and music on the streets is normal, and homes too are decorated. Modaks, a decadent sweet made with jaggery and coconut, are offered to the idol, and the many devotees. Lalbaugcha Raja, the most popular pandal to visit, sees people waiting in line for hours to get a glimpse of the idol. Expect a shutdown of Mumbai on the visarjan day—over 1,50,000 idols are immersed on the 11th day, and people send off their favourite god with grand celebrations, on the streets.

  • Aman Deshmukh is a Mumbai-based photographer who shoots food, architecture, and streets. Fascinated by the stories behind every new place he visits, you'll often find him at the very end in every travelling group he's part of, photographing everything meticulously.

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