Ganesh Chaturthi 2013
SpeakingTree has a little error (can you spot it?) in its description of the oldest Ganpati mandal of all:
Proving that old is gold, the Shree Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Sanstha at the Keshavji Naik Chawl in Girgaum lives up to its 118-year heritage. Instituted by Lokmanya Tilak way back in 1893, the first sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal of Mumbai still hosts an idol that is 2.25-foot tall.
Ganpati mandals in Mumbai have ensured that no untoward incident dampens the spirit of the 10-day festivities that begin from Monday. In an attempt to welcome the elephant god to a safe environment, the mandal committees have beefed up their insurance covers.
Take the most popular Ganesh mandal. Lalbaugcha Raja, situated in Lalbaug area of Mumbai, has been insured with an insurance cover of Rs 51 crore, up from Rs 45 crore taken last year.
One of the richest Ganpati deities in Mumbai, GSB Seva Mandal in King’s Circle area has taken a whopping Rs 223 crore cover from a nationalised general insurer. Named as the Gold Ganpati Mandal due to the deity being decorated 60 kilograms plus gold, this mandal’s committee has taken umpteen measures to protect both the deity and the devotees.
Andhericha Raja, situated in Andheri area is taking a cover of Rs 3.7 crore from National Insurance Company. Of this, Rs 1.75 crore will go towards terrorism risk, Rs 75 lakhs towards ornaments and pandal sets. The mandal has also set aside Rs 1 crore for Ganesh immersion, which will cover the immersion proceedings which take up to 21 hours for them.