Today I cover the big ones, from all the all important Khetwadi lanes.
Thanks to Brijesh Raj and Kashmira Shaw, here is a tour of the lanes and the giants of 2016, some of the most famous statures of Mumbai. Mumbai Ganesh is just not complete unless you see these beauties from Khetwadi.
Khetwadi 3rd cross lane. A tall dancing Ganesh standing on a mountain holding a mace, Hanuman style.
Khetwadi, 3rd lane. A towering Ganesh on a throne. Notice the tiny mouse on the bottom left. Mice are almost non existent this year.
This magnificent obstacle removing, Khetwadi cha Vighnaharta is seated on a chariot drawn by two flying peacocks. Khetwadi, 2nd and 3rd lane.
Khetwadi 4th lane. A sweet and smiling Ganesh on an elaborate throne. I dont see a mouse at all. Perhaps it was not in the picture.
Khetwadi, 5th lane. Ganesh in the midst of battle, destroying the demon and his horse, which is symbolic of destroying obstacles and problems so that life becomes smooth.
Khetwadi, 7th lane. A huge standing Ganesh in a war like pose, many handed, fully armed and riding a lion. Note the prayerful mouse on the bottom right.
Khetwadi 8th lane. Lots of warrrior Ganesh this year. This one is going to war, riding on a figure which is half lion and half man.
Khetwadi 8th lane. An unusual Ganesh this year, standing and looking over his shoulder. Or is he looking in a mirror?
Khetwadi 9th lane. A Durga style Ganesh, accompanied by a friendly looking tiger and a mouse. In the larger tableau there is a towering goddess Kali and several other figures.
Khetwadi, 10th lane. A kindly Ganesh sitting on a throne, with a very cute mouse looking adoringly up at him.
The last Ganesh in this series, the one from Khetwadi, 11th lane. This one is known as the Mumbai cha Maharaja. Very different, this one has many arms, each holding a weapon, dancing on his mouse who is sitting on the muscular arm of another half bull and half man.
Finally, also from Khetwadi, a small one from one of the buildings. Brilliant, golden and framed by a shining sun, this one seemed right to end today’s series.
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