Ganesh Festival in Pune - The most important festival in South India

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I was in Pune, the cultural capital of Maharashtra and thoroughly enjoyed this delightful festival

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Ganesh Chaturthi or Ganesha festival is the most delightful festival in South India. And the festival is the best time to enjoy in Pune. Fortunately I was in Pune this year for my office work, and I did enjoy the festival in fullest - for the entire day, I was at their most happening place. Its impossible that you will find anyone who is not talking about this festival during that time or celebrating it. So I did the preparation the earlier day, with information from my friends in office - READY to be at Laxmi Road and Dagdusheth Ganpati, by 11 am, and travel in an auto and then walk, as roads are closed.

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As soon as I reached the area, that is much before Laxmi Road , I could sense the feelings of celebration and had to get off the auto and walk down the road.

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But then some loud sound attracted me on another pandal - lots of people playing big drums. So I could not resist walking there and spend a good time enjoying their effort and spirit. This is the first place in the video.

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I am sure, you get how people celebrate this festival in a grand way in Pune. This is known as Dhol-Tasha (a form of group dance celebrating festivals in a disciplined & musical way). Out of curiosity, I talked to Mr Anish, and came to know that they start practicing this couple of months before the actual festival to get ready for the charitable work on the mega day. And there are thousands of such young devotees across the state, who come to the city to be part of this grand celebration. Look at their skills, and patience - its definitely not possible to play this for hours without practice and dedication.

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As they moved out, so as I towards the Laxmi Road, where the grand celebration happens, the center of attraction being the Dagdu Sheth Ganpati. All the pandals come in a procession through this road where people gather and enjoy the most beautiful festival in Pune city.

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Some high profile political leader came to inaugurate the festival - only then you can have a vehicle driven in such crowd.

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The boy was not big enough, but not small as well to handle that drum.

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As I walked, I reached the Dagdu Sheth Ganpati Temple, this is the permanent temple and has got quite a bit of very interesting history and facts, which I will present in my next post ( yes, I had to split, because of the 5GB limit on video), but until then enjoy the festival and fun. It's one of a kind experience to enjoy the carnival-like procession that brings people together, making it one of the most popular festivals.

And are you watching Hivefest ? It was nice to watch it live stream, it was so much fun.

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This must have been a very pleasant experience. You are very lucky to be able to witness this festival in person. This is a great cultural phenomenon👍👍👍

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It really looks exciting and fun to experience such festival with lots of events that is set to take place.

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Beautiful places and lovely scenes, the festival will really be a big one in India from the look of the Lovely photos shared.

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Hello dear friend @sanjeevm good day
It is good that you were in the place for work reasons, and that you were able to enjoy this beautiful celebration.
I really appreciate that you share this beautiful video, the beautiful images
I love your traditions, they are always colorful and fun
Have a beautiful weekend

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I have seen Ganesha Puja in various Indian movies though never seen it in real life. Hope you are enjoying it.

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Enjoyed it thoroughly, did not leave the place till late evening.

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That festival is impressive, my friend, and the number of people who enjoy it is great that they can go out and enjoy their customs. Fortunately for his work he was close and enjoyed the festival

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a great festival friend I see that in your culture both children and young people and adults enjoy it as faithful believers

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The rythm of the drums.in combination with all these smiley faces and colourful dresses, make feel the vibe of the celebration! You must really enjoy yourself!

Ps: i noticed, the majority of the crowd are men! Is this a consistent or is this happening due to some religious reason?

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Yes, this is very enjoying. And the reason of majority of the crowd being men is that most women do not prefer to go to crowd like this.

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This is really great festival it will be

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I love how lively these festivals get, you can feel the culture of all the people, their shared feeling of joy in the music and in the community, beyond the spiritual connection that they share as a group, you can feel it when you see the video, thank you for sharing your culture with us :)

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😊😉😎🤙🌈 really enjoyed seeing lots of drums, lots of ppl, lots of flags, lots of lots of stuff..

the kids dancing with the flags was my favorite! :)

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I was surprised to see their skill and capability.

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Seems a very great feast!!
@sanjeevm I start thinking I would like to visit Pune.
Are passed almost 7 years from last time I’ve visited India, maybe I am ready come back and visit another part.

!PGM
!PIZZA

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Pune is definitely one of the best city in India, and plan to be there during the last day of this festival, I have heard, that is mega celebration. Unfortunately I had my tickets pre booked.

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It's so enchanting. To see festivals in other cultures is beautiful !

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thanks for sharing sir, ganpati bappa moriya

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How much money was required to make this Ganesha idol?

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It must be at least, few hundred thousands 😀

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