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Thane, September 13, 2016: Ganesh Utsav is a spectacular festival celebrated to honor Hindu God Lord Ganesha. The elephant-headed god is worshiped for 10 days from Bhadrapada Shudha Chaturthi to the Ananta Chaturdashi, according to the Hindu Calendar.

It is celebrated all over India, but the maximum grandeur is witnessed in Mumbai and across Maharashtra.


The spirit of the festival is on the show throughout Mumbai but a rare and incredible way of celebration was found in the Aadharwadi jail at Kalyan, this year in 2016, mentioned a TOI report.

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The women inmates at the prison found a way to express devotion and celebrate the Ganesh Utsav to honor their favorite elephant-headed God.


Ganesh traveling on a mouse, Wikimedia

The festival came alive as around 60 women inmates along with their children, aged 1-5, recited bhajans and other devotional songs to celebrate the festival. The surrounding of the jail or their life situation did not seem to affect their spirit of enjoyment.

A group of bhajan singers was also called to add zing to the moment of happiness. Sandhya Ranade, an 82-year-old bhajan singer led a local group of Marathi bhajan singers and organized the event during the weekend in the jail itself.

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Ranade said to TOI, “I have been teaching in the Aadharwadi school (located nearby) for long and I have a special love for the people there. This inspired me to perform for the female inmates of the jail,” during the event.

The entire city of Mumbai celebrates Ganpati festival irrespective of caste, creed, and religion. This celebration brings out the splendor of street life, the spirit of sharing and giving and the strength of the city’s artistic traditions.

– prepared by Arya Sharan of NewsGram. Twitter: @NoOffense9


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