We explore Shree Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Sanstha at the Keshavji Naik Chawl in Girgaum, which is the oldest public Ganesh mandal in Mumbai, and the place to go if you want to revel in some peaceful celebrations.
No ear-drum shattering music that doesn’t let you sleep, no traffic jam-causing trucks spewing Bollywood ‘EDM’ and no dhol.
If this sounds like an ideal Ganpati celebration, please head to Shree Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Sanstha at the Keshavji Naik Chawl in Girgaum. The first public pandal to host a public Ganpati pooja in the year 1893, the community is all about celebrating in peace.Interestingly, this pandal was visited by Bal Gangadhar Tilak in the year 1905 to discuss the state of affairs under the British rule. They iterate the importance of getting together to discuss important issues rather than selling yourself out to commercialism.
However, the affair is not dull at all. They have music and dance performances by children of the chawl on a small stage set up near the 122-year-old, small Ganesh idol placed amid fresh flowers within a temple-like structure made out of thermocol.
If you’re not into going out for processions and just want to spend some quiet pooja time, head to this pandal. A great place to soak up some history while hogging on modaks.
Where: Keshavji Naik Chawl, Khadilkar Road, Girgaon
When: All day till 11.30pm, ongoing till 15 Sept
Visit their website here.
Photos: Athul Prasad/LBB