The Ganesh Chaturthi festival began in Pune on Wednesday amid usual fanfare with prominent Ganesh mandals or the groups taking out big processions to welcome the lord. Traditional Dhol-Tasha (drum) troupes accompanied the processions which began around 10 in the morning.
The celebrations were a low-key affair due to the COVID-19 restrictions in the last two years when the processions were banned.
Following a grand procession, the ‘pranpratishtha’ (consecration) of Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati, one of the most prominent Ganesh in the city, was performed in a pandal which is a replica of the Panch Kedar temple.
The processions of the five ‘Manache’ Ganpati — the Ganesh idols which enjoy precedence in the last day’s immersion procession — namely, Kasba, Tambdi Jogeshwari, Guruji Talim, Tulshibaug and Kesariwada — were also carried out with great fanfare.
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