Pune city is a home to the 5 manache Ganpati or the Ganpati of honour. Five particular mandals (the group of people who organize the festivities), due to their historical and social significance are the first to immerse their idols during the visarjan on ananth chaturdashi, the last day of the festival.
After walking around in the hot sun for a long time, we found a bench under a shady tree, right in front of this Ganpaati. As i was sipping some water, two boys on a bicycle stopped in front of the Ganpati. The boy riding the bike took out a film camera, to take a picture of the idol.
He looked gave me a shy pleased look, as he realised, that i took his picture.
My friend later told me, that the boy saw me sitting with my camera in my lap and quickly turned to his friend, saying, “camera kadh lavkar“.
The other two manache Ganpati are Kasba Ganpati, the first Ganpati of honor and Kesariwada Ganpati, 5th Ganpati of honor. (Not in any photographs)
And like all festivals, everyone gets an opportunity to make a little money. 🙂
The lotus seller