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[ Vedic Chants]
This Public Festival of Lord Ganesha
was started by Lokamanya Tilak , 100 years ago.
His soul purpose behind the Ganesha Festival
was to spread awareness about Independance
Mainly in Maharashtra,
Ganesh Festival is celebrated in a Grand Manner
People from different origins come together to celebrate this festival
As the Ganesh Festival approaches,
the feeling of Enthusiasm spreads among the people
People Unite for the Ganesh Festival
the celebration of Ganesh Festival is incomplete without the sound of Dhol Tasha
Dhol Tasha Pathaks are the Pride of all Ganesh Festival celebrations
Punekars of all age groups, who are busy with their daily routine
Dance and Sing with enthusiasm, in the 10 days of Ganesh Festival.
Pune's Ganesh Festival is a huge attraction among the Foriegn Tourists.
Instruments in Dhol Tasha Pathaks of Pune are
Lets take look at Pune's Five Prominent Ganesh Idols.
First Ganesh is "KASBA GANPATI".
It was established in 1893. This Ganesh is also called as Pune's "GRAM DEVTA"
Sri TAMBDI JOGESHWARI is the second Prominent Ganesh of Pune.
His idol was established in 1887.
Beautiful idol of Ganesh in a PALKHI made of Silver is surely attractive.
Third Prominent Ganpati called as "GURUJI TAALIM GANPATI" was established in 1887.
This Ganpati Idol is a symbol of HINDU-MUSLIM Unity
Fourth Prominent Ganpati is "TULSI BAUG GANPATI". It was established in 1909.
This IDOL represents Ganesha's MAHAKAY SWAROOP (Great Form)
Fifth prominent Ganesh Idol is "KESRI GANPATI".
This Ganesh Idol was established by Lokmanya Tilak in 1893.
no matter how many times we visit the Ganesh Idols, we still want to visit again and again
From the arrival of our beloved Ganpati Bappa, till his VISARJAN,
there are Pathaks who work hard with complete dedication.
We gave a visit to a Pathak to know about their experiences.
Lets go directly to the place where they practise.
Participants of all age groups
Why DHOL TASHA ??
DHOL & TASHA are Maharashtra's traditional musical instruments.
We are listening to it since a long time.
It was Urge in my mind that even I want to play the beats on DHOL & TASHA.
Hence I decided to get in DHOL TASHA PATHAK.
How many months before the Ganesh Utsav do you start your practise ?
Approx. one and half month before we start practising.
Newly formed Pathaks start two and half months before.
Old Pathaks start atleast a month before.
How do you select participants among all the people who come to you ??
We limit the participants to an age group of 8th class and above.
Participants who can play the DHOL or Dance with the DHWAJ (Flag)
Selection is also based on the likes of the individual.
the attraction they have towards the instruments.
180 people participate in our Pathak, so can they adjust among 180 other participants.
We observe them for 2-3 days then we let them join.
What is the possible reason behind people coming to DHOL TASHA PATHAKS ?
Basic reason is that we were born and brought up in this tradition of Pune.
The base of Ganesh Utsav is DHOL TASHA,
Its craze in our mind since our childhood that we have to be part of this.
but we got the chance at this age
and this Sound is what attracts everyone.
That is the reason why everyone comes here.
Even if we gets to play for just 10 mins, we still come.
How many Instruments and Participants you have in this Pathak ?
We have 180 participants
60 DHOL, 15 TASHA and 1 DHWAJ PATHAK.
We have seen Male and even Female participants,
so how much does your family support you for this ??
Earlier only males use to participate.
We use to think that even we should participate.
We asked our parents for permissions.
When I first came here, I could feel Energy within me.
not equal to others ! but yes I can do it !
Women of present generation are no different than men.
We get complete support.
even in hardships our parents understand us.
parents say that Ganpati Bappa is looking after us everytime.
In this atmosphere of enthusiasm of Ganesh Utsav,
in every common man playing DHOL TASHA,
we can feel a flow of Tremendous Energy.
Where does this energy come from ? Its a Myth !
OR we can also say that Ganpati Bappa reveals himself as this energy inside every devotee.
All devotees pray to the Almighty who looks after them,
GANPATI BAPPA MORYA !!
wishes farewell , hoping he will come again next year.
even the little ones get sad during the Almighty's farewell.
may be for these pure hearted children, Ganpati Bappa
promises to come again and again every year