Ganesh Galli Ganesh Utsav
Set up in 1928, it was the first Ganpati of Lalbaug. Steeped in the swarajya movement, it showcased historical plot scenes to instill nationalistic pride. To celebrate the utsav’s golden jubilee in 1977, Dinanath Welling sculpted a 26 ft idol. During his 15-year association, he built elaborate sculptures like Ganesha on an upturned lotus and Kalia-mardan, Ganesha standing atop a serpent on one toe.
For the 75th year celebration in 2002, the mandal decided on something novel. Since the old and the poor could not afford long, distant pilgrimages, pandals were built in the likeness of India’s top spiritual attractions. “Starting from Madurai Meenakshi, Kedarnath, Mallikarjun temple, Chamundeshwari, Akshar Dham, Hawa Mahal… we had Pashupatinath last year and this year it’s Sorti Somnath.”