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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

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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
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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The hills are alive this monsoon. The best way to feel the cool winds and witness the mountain storms is to do it on one’s own terms – behind the wheel

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Here are some top recommendations for your next best road trip in this season of Monsoon. Pixabay

The floods in Mumbai have been in the news lately, an annual chaos that seems to have become part and parcel of life in the country’s financial capital. However, the monsoons are not a season to dread and just outside the city, as the curious traveller ventures higher into the Western Ghats, there are some picture-perfect destinations for the season. Here are some top recommendations.

Lonavala
Lonavala would be on top of the monsoon destination list for most Mumbaikars. Wrapped in fog, this historic region gains a completely new avatar in the rains as the forested mountain slopes regenerate and the waterfalls come to life. One of these is Kune Falls, which roars amidst a pristine verdant scenery.

The Lohagad Fort has always been one of the most captivating sites on this route and the monsoon mist gives it an allure straight of a medieval-theme video game or movie. A trek to Liones Point is recommended – the season would require special precautions like monsoon-ready footwear and waterproof clothing. While in Lonavala town, a visit to the lake is not a bad idea.

Khandala
Just next to Lonavala, one can reach the quaint hill town of Khandala, perched at close to 2000 feet above sea level. The mild monsoon temperatures and dramatic scenery make this place an ideal weekend getaway from the bustling metro, not to mention the splendorous drive on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. Some of the popular viewpoints here are the Tiger’s Leap and the Amrutanjan Point. Other attractions here include the Buddhist cave temples at Karla and the calm and placid Bhushi Lake.

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The mild monsoon temperatures and dramatic scenery make Khandala an ideal weekend getaway from the bustling metro.

Mahabaleshwar
A jewel tucked in the lap of the mighty Sahyadari Mountains; Mahabaleshwar offers visitors a curious mix of colonial heritage and striking Indian history. Built by Shivaji, Pratapgad Fort has an enigmatic presence in the landscape here, a site of many important events.

Those looking to enjoy some of the high elevations will love a trek to the summit of Wilson Point, famous for its panoramic views of the valley below. The Needle Hole Point is another famous place to catch a glimpse of the scenic landscapes. Venna Lake is another centrepiece attraction at Mahabaleshwar while the hilltop Krishnabai Temple is famous for its architecture and Krishna statue.

More and more travellers are choosing a car rental over public transport. Rates are increasingly affordable and self drive gives total control over the pace of the journey. One can make impromptu stops and detours and there is complete privacy.

Finding a car rental in Mumbai is as simple as a few taps on an app. With platforms like Zoomcar, registered users can book a vehicle in a matter of minutes. One can choose from a wide range of cars – maybe a hatchback or sedan for the family getaway – or maybe a large SUV for the boisterous group road trip. 24/7 on-road support is one of the assurances that self drive rentals offer.

The hills are alive this monsoon. The best way to feel the cool winds and witness the mountain storms is to do it on one’s own terms – behind the wheel.