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Gold Adorned Ganesh Idol of GSB Mandal Matunga the richest in Mumbai

The Ganesh Chaturthi Ganesha idol of GSB Seva Mandal at Matunga, Mumbai, is adorned with more than 60 kgs of gold and 175 kgs of silver and is undoubtedly the costliest Ganesha in Mumbai. The 21-feet clay idol is also among the tallest Ganapati idols in Mumbai.

The crown of the Matunga Ganesha is made out of 22 kilograms of gold. Gold adorns the ears, feet, hands and trunk of the idol. Apart from this there are gold flowers, embroidery, necklace, a cobra and throne with lions on either side.
The Matunga Ganesh is also insured for a whopping 70 million rupees and the GSB Seva Mandal committee pays a yearly premium of Rs.250, 000.
A highly praiseworthy aspect of GSB Seva Mandal at Matunga is the use of eco-friendly clay Ganesha. The committee is also making an attempt to make the Ganesh festival more nature friendly by cooking and providing ‘prasad’ using eco-friendly methods.
Lalbaugcha Raja which attracts maximum crowd during Ganesh festival is also noted for its gold adornments.

Complete Works of Sri Narayana Guru – A Timeless Kerala Warrior against Caste

While fighting against the Caste System in Hinduism, many opt for the easiest option, condemn and reject all the teachings of Sanatana Dharma, and take refuge in some other religion. But there have been several champion social reformers who realized that the caste system is a creation of selfish-minded people and is not part of core teachings of Sanatana Dharma. One such social reformer was Sri Narayana Guru (1854-1928), who brought about revolutionary change in Kerala by organizing the lower caste people. His motto was one caste, one religion, one god – echoing the Brahman concept in Hinduism.When some unenlightened Brahmins objected to Sri Narayana Guru worshipping a Shiva lingam, he immediately retorted I am not worshipping a Brahmin Shiva but an Ezhava Shiva. He represented mainly the Ezhava caste in Kerala. He cleaned the dirt accumulated on the universal messages in Sanatana Dharma and wrote hymns and built new temples.National Book Trust has brought out the complete works of Sr…