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Official website of GSB Seva Ganesh Mandal in Wadala

G S B Sarvajanik Ganeshotsava Mandal in Wadala is one of the richest and popular Ganapati Pandals in Mumbai. This is the 57th year of Ganeshotsava celebrations of the GSB Seva Mandal in Wadala (Matunga). The official website of the mandal is offering the opportunity to book the pujas online and also make donations online. The annual Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav takes place  at the Dwrakanath Bhavan Complex.
The website has pages on history of the mandal, social activities undertaken by the samiti and detail information on daily schedule. There is also a photo gallery. You can find the official website of G. S. B. Sarvajanik Ganeshotsava Mandal here.

Tamil Month Puratassi in 2008 and Its Importance

Tamil Month Puratassi, or Puratasi Masa, is of great importance to Tamilians as it is believed that Lord Venkateswara or Balaji appeared on the earth in this month. The Saturdays in the month of Puratasi are of great importance and special prayers are offered to Lord Shani or Sani dev. In 2008, Puratasi month begins on September 18 and ends on October 16. The Puratasi Saturdays in 2008 are on September 20, September 27, October 4 and October 11.Legend has it that Lord Venkateswara (Lord Vishnu) appeared on earth in Puratasi month. Special prayers are offered at the SrirangamRanganathaswamyTemple in the month. Lord Vishnu devotees consider this as the apt month for thanking Lord Vishnu for preserving the Universe. Lord Vishnu is believed to do the job of preservation, while Brahma creates and Shiva destroys.There is a general belief that Saturdays are free from the influences of Sani Bhagvan and it is easy to please him on this day. There is also a legend that Shani loses his powers in…

A List of Popular Ganesh Pandals in Mumbai during Ganesh Chaturthi 2008

There are thousands of Ganesh Pandals in Mumbai during the Ganeshotsava festival. Each mandal tries to outsmart the other by bringing in fresh ideas to the pandals. Lord Ganesha is represented differently in each pandal. It is impossible to say which one is the best but there a few pandals that get attraction due to devotion, simplicity, tradition, history and innovative ideas.Update:-Popular Ganesh Pandals 2009 in Mumbai
Here is a list of Ganapati pandals in Mumbai during Vinayaka Chaturthi 2008. Please note that the list is not based on any criteria. Keshavji Naik Ganpati at Girgaum is the oldest Sarvajanik Ganesh Mandal in Mumbai Located at Tilak Times Keshavji Naik Chawl, Girgaum, the history of the mandal dates back to the first Sarvajanik Ganesh festival in Maharashtra in 1893. The 2.5 feet idol here is noted for its simplicity. There is no much fanfare but mandal still keeps the tradition of Sarvajanik Ganesh festival call given by Lokmanya Tilak.Lalbaugcha Raja in Parel is undo…

Vishwakarma Jayanthi

Dedicated to Lord Vishwakarma or Bishwakarma, the divine architect of the universe, Vishwakarma Puja is observed mainly in Eastern India – West Bengal, Jharkhand, Orissa and Tripura. Idols of Vishvakarma are installed in the workplaces and factories on the day and special puja is conducted. In Hinduism, God Vishwakarma is the divine architect of the universe and the divine carpenter. His name first appears in the Rigveda and is also credited with Sthapatya Veda, the science of mechanics and architecture.
Workers who make a living with machinery and tools pray for an accident free life and for the smooth functioning of their tools and machines. A major highlight during the festival is kite flying.
It must be noted here that Vishwakarma Jayanti is observed during Rishi Panchami in Kerala. It is observed in Magh Month (January - February) by some communities in North India.
More details about the festival can be found in this post titled – Significance of Vishwakarma Puja.

Parsava Ekadasi – Parivartini or Vamana Ekadashi

Parsava Ekadashi, also known as Parivartini, Vamana and Jayanti Ekadashi, is observed during the waxing phase of the moon in Bhadrapada month (August – September). In 2016, the date of Parsva Parivartini Ekadasi is on September 13. This Ekadasi happens during the Dakshinayana Punyakalam (night time of Gods). There is a popular belief that Lord Vishnu who takes rest during this period changes his position of sleep – turns from left side to right side. Therefore this Ekadashi is also known as Parsva Parivartini Ekadashi.
Vamana Avatar of Lord Vishnu is worshipped on this Ekadashi day. It is believed that the Vamana Avatar took place during this period and therefore, the Ekadasi is also known as Vamana Ekadashi. King Mahabali was sent to the netherworld (pathalam) on this day. Onam festival, which celebrates the return of Mahabali, takes place during this period.
The importance of this Ekadasi was narrated to Yudhisthira, the eldest of the Pandavas, by Lord Krishna. It is believed that…

Swami Harshananda on the Symbolic meaning of Nandi – the bull in front of Shiva Temples

Nandi, the happy one, – the bull on which Lord Shiva rides – represents virility and strength, the animal in man. In Shiva temples, there is always a reclining bull placed in front of the chief shrine or just outside it, with the head turned away from the deity but the gaze fixed on it. It is interpreted as the Jivatman, the individual soul, with its animal nature pulling it away from God, but His grace pulling it back to him.Swami Harshananda(Source: Principal Symbols of World Religion by Swami Harshananda)