Day after Anant Chathurti at Lalbaug
For those of you who don’t know what Anant Chaturthi is. It is a termination of an Indian festival Ganesh Chaturthi in which the idol of Lord Ganesh is immersed in water after the great procession of 10 days and Lalbaug is the hub of Ganesh Chaturthi just like Silicon Valley is for technicians.
The 10-day celebration has finally come to end, people from all over the city are visiting Lalbaug. To have a last glimpse of their favourite festival Ganesh Chaturthi. It seems like all those lightings, music, celebration everything is over and the world has come to standstill. I know you might be thinking this is just a festival but for the people living in this locality, it’s an emotion. People from distance come here with a hope and dream that their wish can be completed by the Lord Ganesha. It fascinates me how a single place can join pain and happiness. Thousands of people and thousands of hope and everyone has a different story to tell. I could tell when these people come here with enthusiasm and there is so much belief and hope that their problems can be solved.
Ganapati Bappa Morya
Obviously for some Lalbaug is just a place for a celebration where thousands of people gather here to chill themselves. There are food stalls every where people from different places travel here just to earn some livelihood during this period. People follow their traditional attire and hope in keeping their tradition alive through different means. In the world of change, I can really feel that this place has been able to keep their tradition intact. There are many famous Ganpati region near Lalbaug like Chinchpokli cha Chintamani, Ganesh Galli, Lalbaug cha Raja and much more.
But finally, the day arrived. When our beloved festival is over and people gather one last time to say their Ganpati last “good bye”. After Anant Chaturthi, there won’t be any more “Ganpati Bappa Morya”, no new people in the region and obviously no more celebration. “Ganpati Bappa challe gavala chain pure na amala”. Meaning Our beloved Ganpati is travelling back to the village and we are sad about this. The evening of the Anant Chaturthi is what makes me even sadder because after the grand immersion of idols the place looks pretty sad and it’s like hope has just left the region. There is waste, garbage every where some people are returning from immersing their idols some and leaving for beaches to have a look at different idols.
Sadly there won’t be any more Modak no more sweets and obviously no more hopes. Let’s hope next year will come pretty soon. And Lalbaug is again filled with joy and amuse and with people and their hopes.