5th September, 2016: Ganesh Chaturthi Festival, Ganesh Sthapana || A Photo Story from the streets of Mumbai -->
Sitting amid a heap of yellow fragrant flowers, she has been making garlands even before the sun came up. Business is bright, so is her dedication towards her work. She is oblivious to my presence, sparing just a quick smile before getting engrossed in her work again. Work that began too early for her today and work that is not going to end anytime soon.
|Do not disturb: I am busy!|
It's a celebration out there, on the streets! People get together, dance and sing to ear piercing beats of dhols and drums. It's chaotic, the traffic is disturbed but for the faithfuls, it's a time of carnival, merry-making ...
|Chaos or carnival?|
... And it's a time of prayer. Bundles of incense sticks waft clouds of fragrant smoke into the air. The unmistakable scents rising up from the flowers intertwine in between. The diya light flickers in ecstatic glow.
The wait has been long, almost a year... it has warmed our hearts.
|Where have you been, O Ganesha!|
It's time to go home but before the remover of obstacles, the granter of wishes is welcomed in His temporary residence, the Mumbai pandals and homes, His face is covered with a cloth, usually soft and silky. Like a little child, they protect Him from the many prying eyes lurking on the roads like me. But I am not to be blamed... and hey. It's not just me. He is charming, endearing, mesmerising, He's a darling and they know it. Everyone is eager to get just one glimpse.
|Have patience, my girl.|
I am so excited to greet, meet and talk to Him
wherever I am going to find Him in the next 11 days.
You are coming, right?