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Bangle on the Hands of Hindu Gods – Maharakandi

A single bangle worn by Hindu Gods is known as Maharakandi. Hindu women wear colorful bangles made of glass, gold and other metals as it is auspicious and symbolically represents positive aspects of life like love, marriage, marital bliss, joy, prosperity and mental peace. It is not just women but Hindu Gods also used to wear bangles during the Vedic period and also during the period of Ramayana and Mahabharata.
All the principal characters in the two epics – Mahabharata and Ramayana – wore bangles. A single bangle was worn by them and it was known as Maharakandi.
Bhagvan Sri Ram and Sri Krishna are seen wearing a single bangle.
The idea of men wearing bangle was dropped in the medieval period.
In modern times, women alone wear bangles in Hindu tradition.
It must be noted here that Shiva uses snakes as bangles. 
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To Sponsor Andhericha Raja Murti You Have To Wait 45 Years

Andhericha Raja is one of the most popular Ganapati mandals in Mumbai during the 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi Festival. If you wish to sponsor the Ganesh murti installed during Ganeshotsav then you will have to wait 45 years. The mandal has taken bookings till 2058. Indian Express reports

Typically, the mandal chooses a family as a sponsor through a lottery every year. This family gets to perform the puja at the beginning of the 10-day long festival, for which they donate Rs 80,000 to Rs 1 lakh. "Every year, we have about a dozen families keen to sponsor the Ganesh idol as their wishes have come true. Unfortunately, we have to turn down their requests as we have already taken bookings till 2058," said Uday Salian, spokesperson for Andhericha Raja Sarvanjanik Ganeshotsav Mandal.