Mumbai, September 10: The city is gearing up for the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi and the excitement is seen among various pandals in the city. Several big pandals got in their Ganpati idols over the weekend. Among the many reputed pandals, Chinchpokli cha Chintamani saw a grand procession on September 8 for the Aagman Sohala. An organisation which boasts of discipline saw nothing of it during the procession, leaving a lot of citizens disappointed.
The Aagman Sohala is basically a procession about getting the Lord Ganpati idol into the pandal. It was a huge event and saw a massive turnout of devotees from across the city. The result was, however, far from pleasant. The roads were jammed, the people were difficult to control, several women became a target of molestation, few others fell due to dizziness and traffic snarls had the commuters stranded. Ganesh Chaturthi 2018 Date: Significance, History, Importance, Rituals & Why is the Festival of Ganpati Celebrated for 10 Days.
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The police were unable to control the unruly number of youths that were a part of this procession. A lot of statues on the way remained destroyed at the end of it. Some got on the top of buses and taxis to dance to the beats and the overall mood was chaos. Girls who were part of this procession were touched and frisked taking advantage of the huge crowd. Police had to literally pull people out of the crowd, women fainted due to suffocation.
The members of the organisation too were unable to handle the crowd, and are thinking of a solution to the problem. Reports state they are now thinking of creating the Ganpati idol within the pandal premises which will avoid the crowds next time. It will be the 100th year of Chintamani Cha Chinchpokali next year, so the members are already enthusiastic about the same. Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: Eco-Friendly Ganpati Idols You Can Make at Home (Watch DIY Videos).
But it is disappointing to see how instead of getting the first glimpse and seeking blessings from the God, it turned into a chaotic situation, uncaring of the people's inconvenience. It is indeed saddening to see how a religious importance event saw such a level of unruly behaviour and full of chaos.