Residents choose unique themes for celebrations
Where most pandals have themes and messages to mark the ongoing Ganeshotsav, a few Bappa devotees have come up with some innovative themes for the fest.
Vashi resident Harish Gupta and his family have conceptualised a very unique theme titled ‘Chak de Casino’ for their 12th year of celebration this time.
Once you enter the home, you will be welcomed with red, white and black gas balloons at the entrance. They have put up several pictures on the walls of their entrance lobby such as casino games of poker and blackjack. You will also find games like the roulette. Dices strewn around the place also gives it a quirky feel.
“We have been working for the last 2-3 months collecting posters, conceptualising games, making the theme, collecting jumbo cards and gold cards that are all special US edition ones,” said Kaanchi Gupta, daughter of Harish Gupta.
The best part of their theme is the makhar, which is designed around teen patti. The 2 feet shadu clay idol is portrayed to be playing Mahabharata’s Chausar game, indicating that Lord Ganesha is the ultimate winner and his three mice come across as three different kinds of human beings. The visitors are greeted with a cup of coffee, a box of sweets and a casino keychain. “The entire concept is engaging for the visitors who Sanpada resident Nilesh Hanchate has decorated his Ganpati shrine with 12,500 thread rolls.
also play some of the games,” she said.
Sanpada resident Nilesh Hanchate celebrates Ganesh Chaturthi in a unique fashion every year.
He has been organising environment-friendly celebrations for the last 10 years. This year, he used 30kg sewing machine thread rolls for the decorations. The 2-foot shadu clay idol has been decorated with 12,500 thread rolls giving it a colourful appeal. Last year, he had used 500 fruits for the decorations.
“When I had decided to bring the Lord home, I had made up my mind that is going to be something different every year. My cousin who does needle work herself has been collecting thread rolls for the last four years and has contributed to this
year’s theme,” said Hanchate. He said eco-friendly celebrations were the need of the hour.
“Synthetic chemicals and plastic flows into the water body and increase its acidity to kill aquatic life. Thread, clay, paper, mud or natural ingredients simply melt and blend into the water,” he asserted.
Turbhe-based Rahul Bhoir is another theme lover who transformed his home into Pune’s famous Dagdu Sheth. His 4 feet eco-friendly idol made by Bhoir is a replica of Dagdu Sheth and has been adorned with diamonds. “We have used thermocol, cloth and paper for the design. The encouragement from devotees for the last 10 years keeps me motivated to come up with different themes,” said Bhoir.