In many parts of the country, it’s a time for celebrations, joy, family, and prayer. Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chavithi, is a popular Hindu festival celebrated in honour of the elephant-headed God, Ganesha. It falls on the fourth day of the Hindu month Bhadrapada, usually in August or September. The familiar chants and the surrounding festivities along with the food and fun are part and parcel of the Ganesha festival apart from the prayers and pujas. Many Bollywood celebrities too bring home Ganesha idols.
As the festival is in full swing, ixigo and Wandertrails has come up with a list of a few places to head to, for those who want to soak in the happiness of festivities.
1) Ganapatipule: Ganesh Chaturthi is a 5-day celebration at the Swayambhu Ganapati Temple in Ganapatipule (Maharashtra), where villagers and pilgrims join actively in a procession honouring Lord Ganesha. It is called ‘swayambhu’ as it is believed that the idol self-manifested from white sand. A taller idol of Lord Ganesha is placed in an ornate palanquin and is carried on the shoulders of the devotees through the village accompanied by a priest and a drummer.
# Major Highlight: The celebrations are incomplete without a pradakshina or circumambulation around the hill behind the temple shaped like Ganapati’s face.
2) Mumbai: Mumbai is a spectacle during the days of Ganesh Chaturthi - it is alive with devotional songs, dances and drum beats. Visit Goud Saraswat Brahmin (GSB) Samiti Mandal at Wadala to enjoy a darshan of the richest Ganesha in Mumbai. Also, visit Lalbaugcha Raja which is not a shrine but a community organised festival. Huge crowds come to visit Lord Ganesha and at times it takes over 20 hours to reach the idol.
# Major Highlight: The festival ends with the ‘Ganesh Visarjan’ where the idols are immersed in the water. The most prominent of immersions occurs on Chowpatty Beach and festivities last till early in the morning.
3) Pune: The festival is celebrated with much fervour for ten days - it starts with the establishment of idols of Lord Ganesha on the first day to immersion of the Lord’s idols on the tenth day. Kasba Ganpati, Tambdi Jogeshwari Ganpati, Guruji Talim, Tulsi Baug Ganpati and the Kesariwada Ganpati are some of most unmissable Ganesh idols in the city.
# Major Highlight: Pune festival is also held during Ganesh Chaturthi and is all about the celebration of art and culture, song and dance, custom and tradition.
4) Bangalore: Most popular celebrations happen in Panchamukha Heramba Ganapati Temple, Shri Jambu Ganapati Temple and Ananth Nagar Ganapati Temple. Do not forget to catch the immersion spectacle at Sankey Tank and Ulsoor Lake.
# Major Highlight: Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava upholds the rich tradition of India’s culture and heritage, through magnificent presentations of music, dance, drama and art by some of the finest artists of the country every year.
5) Hyderabad: One of the most famous festivals in Hyderabad, Ganapathi Navaratri festivities starts on Vinayaka Chavithi (Ganesh Chaturthi) and ends on Ananta Chaturdashi day with idol immersion. The famous places where Ganesha idols are established and decorated fascinatingly are Khairatabad, Balapur, Kamalanagar Chaitanyapuri, Durgam Cheruvu, Old City (Gowlipura) and New Nagole.
# Major Highlight: Devotees immerse the idols of Lord Ganesh on the last day of the festival in the Hussain Sagar Lake in Hyderabad. Thousands of people join the procession and fill the whole atmosphere with Lord Ganesha chants.
6) Goa: Known as ‘Chavath’ in Konkani, the popular Hindu festival holds a certain special significance in almost all religious cities and villages of Goa. Particularly in the village of Marcela, where this festival is celebrated the most as it is a village known for its wide number of Hindu temples. The artisans from the village are engaged in making many different idols of Lord Ganesh, with varied ideas springing in their creative minds. There are idols made of coconut, bamboo, cane etc.
7) Chennai: Celebrations in Chennai might not be on the same scale as Mumbai, but they are a treat to watch nevertheless. Across Chennai, locals set up Ganesh statues and the celebrations and at Marina Beach are a must-see.
8) Trivandrum: Trivandrum is one of the few places that makes eco-friendly Ganesh idols using clay and milk. Follow the procession from the Ganapati Temple to Shanghumukham Beach and you’ll be in awe. Local artists and dancers with a variety of instruments dance throughout the way till the idol is immersed in the sea.
Baahubali star Rana Daggubati’s old video of him revealing about his vision issue has become the talk of the town ever since it went viral. The actor, reacting on the same, admits that his vision is impaired but says he does not let that affect him. Rana is also a bit shocked that how such an old video is breaking out now.
Rana had an eye transplant years ago and opened up about it during a chat show, a video of which has gone viral now. “There was this kid on the show whose mother had lost vision because of some tumour. I spoke about my vision problem to motivate them and tell them that life goes on. I said it a long time ago and I never knew it will break out now,” says Rana.
The 32-year-old actor says he does not even consider it a problem. “I had a transplant years ago. Very few people knew about it. By logic, it’s a handicap. If I shut one eye, I can’t see from the other. But it is one of those things which I don’t think too much about. One needs to have the strength to move forward.”
Rana essays the role of antagonist Bhallala Deva in “Baahubali: The Conclusion”, which hit the screens last week. The film has some of the grandest war scenes ever seen on Indian celluloid and Rana says they would often joke about him missing the target while filming these sequences. “On most of my sets, it is a joke. Like Prabhas would always ask whether I could see the mark before the beginning of an action sequence,” he says.
Directed by SS Rajamouli, the movie has shattered box office records by earning Rs 121 crore on its opening day. Rana says if the content is good nothing can stop a film from making history. “I am really happy with the appreciation ‘Baahubali’ is receiving. Its success proves that if you back the right content, it can travel across the country and the globe.
“‘Baahubali’ team is not after numbers. If we would have been number guys, we would have never made a film with such a huge budget. We just wanted to make the biggest war film of this country but what it has achieved is amazing,” he says.
Ever since Katrina Kaif has made a debut on Instagram, we have not been able to take our eyes off her profile. It has just been four days, and every day the actor is giving us reasons to talk about her. After setting the screens on fire and making us say, ‘aww so cute’, the actor has set out on the journey of finding her inner peace. We can see her in a Yoga pose, with a book in her hand and making a cute face for the camera. As you lose your heart to her, you notice a disclaimer: Her t-shirt reads ‘troublemaker’ but is that enough to keep you away from drooling over her?
The actor shared the picture with a caption that reads, “Finding inner peace … (and information) whilst getting ready. Multitasking. Only an hour late.” What also makes us wonder is the book she is holding. A) It is in Hindi B) It looks like a book on some personality. So, why is she reading that? Well, only the 30-year-old actor has the answer for now.
Katrina was recently welcomed by Shah Rukh Khan and Ranveer Singh on Instagram. While Shah Rukh, who has worked with the beautiful lady in Jab Tak Hai Jaan, said that the application has become even prettier because of her presence, Ranveer dubsmashed Judwaa 2 dialogue in which a character says, ‘it is better to be late as in India, people consider you a star when you are late.’
We don’t call Satyajit Ray, a legend without a reason. Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa had once rightfully said, “Not to have seen the cinema of Ray means existing in the world without seeing the sun or the moon.” He is one of the primary reasons why Bengalis get addicted to films at an early age. In a Bengali household, childhood begins with films like Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne followed by Hirok Rajar Deshe, followed by the last one in the series, Goopy Bagha Firey Elo. Later comes other films like Sonar Kella, Joy Baba Felunath and the never ending list continues till the next generation. Also with books like Our Films Their Films, Feluda series, the filmmaker has remained one of the cultural icons of India, who has set an unsurpassable standard for Indian cinema.
Satyajit Ray hails from a family of litterateurs and was a skilled calligrapher. He had designed four typefaces for the Roman script – Ray Roman, Ray Bizarre, Daphnis, and Holiday Script, in addition to several others for the Bengali script. The Ray Roman and Ray Bizarre had won an international competition in 1971.Before becoming a filmmaker, Satyajit Ray worked with an advertising firm. It is probably one of the pure reasons, the actor has never criticised commercial films in his books. He understood the importance of a commercial film in an industry while making films with content. Across his 35-year-long career as a filmmaker, he made over 30 films. He bagged prestigious awards like Dada Saheb Phalke, Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan, Golden Lion, Golden Bear, Bharat Ratna, 23 National Awards, and Honorary Oscar Award for revolutionising Indian cinema and introducing the nation on screen to audiences worldwide.
It took Ray nearly four years to make his debut film Pather Panchali. It is based on Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay’s book by the same name and it was rated as one of the best 100 films by Time Magazine in 2005. The film is a tale of little joys and sorrows of a poor Indian family in Bengal, and is a touching indication that poverty does not always nullify love.
The sequel Aparajito opens in the city of Benaras. After her husband dies due to illness, Apu’s mother decides to return with him to the countryside. She wants him to become a priest like his father, but he persuades her to send him to school. Amidst the sad life, living in poverty, Aparajito also excellently brought out a mother-son relationship.
Apur Sansar is about Apu’s life as a man. Soumitra Chatterjee made his debut in the film. Apu’s tragic life as a teenager and an adult perfectly reflects the cruel, realistic realities, and is sure to leave you in tears.Like mentioned earlier, Goopy Bagha happens to be the first film for you before you become a film addict. The movie was made particularly for children. However, the second part of the film Hirok Rajar Deshe, reflected the reign of Indira Gandhi in India. With subtle hints, Ray perfectly reflected the emergency period. While a child would enjoy the story of a ruthless king being dethroned, an adult watching the film would understand the inner meaning of the film.
Charulata was originally written by Rabindranath Tagore and was later adapted by Satyajit Ray. Charulata told the tale of a lonely wife. The film is meditative poetry, lingering over the inner turmoil endured by all the characters. It tells the tale of a lonely wife who develops a deep regrettable bond with her brother-law.Teen Kanya was another written work of Rabindranath Tagore that was later adapted into a film. Teen Kanya told the tale of three different women during three different stages of their lives.
Being an entertainment journalist Nayak is one film that always crosses my mind when I go to interview celebrities. It still remains a shocker, how with a minimum budget Satyajit Ray was able to portray Uttam Kumar as the glamorous superstar. Sharmila Tagore’s character is the one every journalist can relate to. She witnessed the real side of glamour but finally decides to keep everything as a memory.
Delhi is the capital of India and thus one of the most important cities of the nation. Many of the happenings and decisions that shape the course of the country are taken here and that is why the complete nation is always interested in knowing the Delhi news.