5 September 2017

Manacha Paanch Ganapathi of Pune...

Going on with my posts on the Ganesh Chaturthi, here is my next post on Manacha Paanch, the five most auspicious Ganapathi idols around the ancient city of Pune. The five Ganapathi's in the order of preference they proceed on the last day of ten day festival for immersion. 
After our morning visit to Dagadusheth Halwai and Kasaba Ganapathi for the welcome procession on Ganesh Chaturthi, we wanted to visit Manacha Paanch the same evening, but whole of Shanivar peth was so crowded that we visited few of other pandals and planned to visit the Manacha Paanch some other day. Last Saturday after dinner we thought of driving to Shanivar Peth. We reached Shaniwar Wada by midnight, the main gates were still open for the crowd who walked around the fort visiting the Ganapathi Pandals. We sat there and clicked few pics of the so called haunted fort of Pune and walked towards Shivaji Road. Even at 12, the roads were filled with devotees, especially the Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapathi. So here is the list of 5 Manacha, 

Kasba Ganapathi

The first of the five Manacha is Kasba Ganapathi, the presiding deity(gramdevata) of Pune. Years back when the city of Pune revolved around Shaniwar wada fort and its markets, Kasba Ganapathi temple was the presiding deity, for the royal Peshwa family and the natives. Said to be commissioned by Jijabhai, Shivaji's mother, the temple is in Kasba peth. The pandal is a replica of the main Kasba temple itself which is an old wooden building with great wood works.
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Tambdi Jogeshwari

While few say its the Kasba Ganapthi which is the Gramdevata, others believe the Goddess at the Tambdi Jogeshwari as the Gramdevi. Being the oldest temple in the vicinity, the idol is said to be swayanbhu(which has appeared on its own). Its said, looking the popularity of the temple and the visiting devotee count, Lokmanya Tilak initiated to install the Ganesh Pandal at the temple and gave it the second place in the Manacha Paanch. The idol resides in a beautiful silver mantap, on tortoise. Tambdi Jogeshwari is in Budhwar Peth
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Guruji Tahim

The third of Manacha is Guruji Tahim which is very close to Tambdi Jogeshwar in Budhvar Peth. Started by two Hindu and Muslim families Bhiku Shinde and Ustaad Nalban, it signifies the unity between the two communities. The Guruju Tahim Ganapathi is Balaganapthi sitting on his vahan(vehicle) mouse. 
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Tulsibaug Ganapathi

Located in Tulsibaug market, the fourth Ganapathi is Tulsibaug Ganapathi. This is the biggest of all five and is beautifully adored with silver and gold ornaments. The decor is so rich and vibrant. The pandal is no big, but just covering the idol, hence you get a very close view. 
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Kesariwada Ganapathi

The last of the Manacha, is the Ganesha at Kesariwada, which relates to Lokmanya Tilak's Kesari Magazine and signifying the revolution of Sarvajanik Ganesh Uthsav. It had three idols this year, the main silver idol, the immersible idol and the third was the tree Ganesha(the one unpainted in the tub next to the silver idol). The tree Ganesha, eco friendly ganesha with seeds, which turns into plant, once dissolved. The temple has the idol of Lokmanya Tilak and the paintings on the walls depicting his life. Its the building which was the residence of Tilak and now houses Lokmanya Tilak Museum.
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Though all the five idols are immersed every year and its the new idol which adores the pandal the next year, the features and the beauty of the idols remain the same and you can easily make out each of the them by their look.

1 September 2017

Ganesha in all his forms...

It was a fair scene on Shivaji Road, early morning on Ganesh Chaturthi. Shops selling Ganesha idols, pooja and decor items, flowers and everything needed for the 10 day celebration which had started.
Ganesha idols in all his forms, you name it and they have it, Ganesha as Vittal, as Shiva, as Krishna,  as Peshwa, as Bahubali(the present trending movie) and more. On Elephant, on peacock, on mouse and more,
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Few other Pandals we visited
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Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!!!

27 August 2017

Sarvajanik Ganesh Uthsav Celebrates its 125 years...


For this year's Ganesh Chaturthi we have story from Pune, the place where Sarvajanik Ganesh Uthsav(public celebration) originated. Its said Ganesh chaturthi had been celebrated publicly since the era of Shivaji in Pune, but during British rule, fearing public assemblies after the first war of Indian Independence, British had imposed rule against public gathering of more than 20 people for social or political purposes, but had exempted muslims from Friday mosque prayers. In 1892 Bhausaheb Laxman Javale installed the first Sarvajanik Ganesh in Pune. And in 1893, Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak praised the celebration in his newspaper Kesari and chose to use the public gathering at the Sarvajanik Ganesh Uthsav under religious exemption for the fight against British rule.
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Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapathi procession from Temple to Pandal.
Its 125th year of Sarvajanik Ganesh Uthsav this year and we were at the Shivaji Road on the early morning of Ganesh Chaturthi capturing the celebration, the grand welcome of Ganesha on his day. The roads were full, with the dhol groups presenting their rhythmic dhol, devotees, media everyone enjoying the celebration in rains.
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Ladies Dhol at the procession
Watching the Ganesha procession was altogether a different view than watching in the pandals. The procession, the stapana(first worship in pandal), the devotion and ethnicity had so much positive vibe. I was comparing everything with the way Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in Mumbai, there is so much of ethnicity, faith and devotion here in Pune, while I always felt the celebration in Mumbai is more of colours, magnificence, dancing and publicity, sorry if that hurts any Mumbaikars ;)
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Flowers been showered on Kasaba Ganapathi in Palki
While Dagadusheth Ganapathi proceeded in beautiful floral chariot, the Kasaba Ganapathi proceeded in palki(a carriage with two handles, carried by two or more people on their shoulders) with flowers been showered. I was told the Dagadusheth Halwai temple has two Ganesha idols, the main idol which is of silver and the uthsav murthi(procession idol), which is not immersed like in Mumbai, but its the same idol which is got to the pandal every year during Ganesh Chaturthi and kept back in the temple during rest of the year.
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Another Ganesha procession which we came across on Shivaji Road.
Ganesha Pandals and celebration are everywhere around the city and more posts coming up on Ganesh in following posts.

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!!! 

21 August 2017

10 Must - See Safari Parks in Kenya!!!

Which traveller doesn't like wildlife or photographing them. Here is a guide to wildlife destinations in Kenya by D K Grand Safari, Kenya. Over to D K Safaris,

If there’s one thing Kenya is known for in the tourism realm, it’s the stunning views of wildlife. And Kenya is chockfull of beautiful parks to take a guided safari. So below are some of the top must-see safari parks in Kenya. 

Lake Nakuru National Park

This park is deemed “the bird watchers’ paradise.” The park is known for its sights with hoards for flamingos in the background, and the park has about 450 species of bird. It sits on the floor of the Great Rift Valley, and the landscape is defined by wooded and bushy grasslands. 

Maasai Mara National Reserve 

This park is famous for its wide range of biodiversity. The park is also known for its wildebeest migration, which can be seen from July to October. The park includes 95 species of mammals and over 570 species of bird.  
Image Courtesy: D K Grand Safari

Samburu National Reserve

This famous park is also great for wildlife viewing, making it one of the top must-see safari parks in Kenya. It boasts zebra, ostrich, giraffe and oryx, to name a few. There is also a minimum of 900 elephants. And of course, there are lions and leopards. The famous “Kamunyak the Miracle Lioness” that adopted a baby oryx lives in the reserve.

Aberdare National Park

This park is defined by its steep, forested ravines and open moorland. This park is home to elephants, black rhinos, hyenas, leopards, baboons, colobus monkeys and warthogs, to name a few animals. The park also allows picnics and trout fishing. 
Image Courtesy: D K Grand Safari

Tsavo West National Park

This park is dubbed the “land of lava, springs and man-eaters.” This park boats the Mzima Springs, where you can see 50 million gallons of clear water flowing out from under lava rock. It’s also home to the Shetani lava flows. You’ll get plenty of biodiversity here, as the landscape is grasslands, scrublands and Acacia Woodlands. 

Amboseli National Park

This is one of the must-see safari parks in Kenya if you want to get a close sight of herds of free-ranging elephants. They call the park “the land of the giants.” If you love local cultures, you can also meet Maasai people here. There’s also a stunning view of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Image Courtesy: D K Grand Safari
    

Hell’s Gate

One of the must-see safari parks in Kenya is Hell’s Gate. The geothermal activity sends plumes of steam skyward. The park boasts cliffs, gorges, rock towers, volcanoes and a natural spa.   

Meru National Park

When you think of lush African jungle, you might as well be picturing Meru National Park. This park features jungle, rivers, swamp, grasslands and termite cathedrals. It’s the place to go if you want tons of biodiversity. The park also contains animals like zebras, elephants, pythons, cobras and buffalos. 

Nairobi National Park

If you want to keep a little closer to civilization where the termite and snake population isn’t quite as pervasive, you’ll want to check out Nairobi National Park. Wildlife like giraffe roam across grasslands with cityscapes in the background. 
Image Courtesy: D K Grand Safari

Kora National Park

This is actually a sister park to Meru National Park. This park features rock climbing, as well as fishing in the Tana River. Historic huts dot the park, and the river includes gushing rapids.  

Have you visited any of these or planning to visit one, do share your thoughts in the comment box.

PS: All images used are credited to D K Grand Safari page..

31 July 2017

Wonderchef Exclusive Brand Outlet Launch at Phoenix Marketcity, Pune!!!

Not everyone like entering the kitchen early morning, and there are few like me who believe ‘I can cook healthier(if not tastier) food to my kid than my cook’ and enter the kitchen. For all we women, the Wonderchef brand believes in kitchen being the ‘heart of our homes’, as it inspires us every day to create tasting memories with the food we cook for our loved ones, and has bought the kitchenware range which is a perfect blend of health, taste and convenience that inspires us to ‘cook with pride’. The pleasure to use them, the innovation, colours and designs, with uncompromising standards of quality makes cooking more interesting and fun with Wonderchef. Gone are those days when kitchenware were in metallic, blacks and greys. Every range is unique with Wonderchef, the vibrant Royal blue, purple, green, just not colours, but also unique prints in their Oscar and Picasso collection.
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Wonderchef Kitchenware as a company was born out of the ‘love of cooking’. Driven by passion of making kitchen the centre of wellness and goodness in homes, Wonderchef was created by two enthusiasts, Mr. Ravi Saxena and Chef Sanjeev Kapoor in 2009. Wonderchef products are used in millions of homes in India where healthy and convenient cooking is a part of lifestyle. Wonderchef launched its first Exclusive Brand Outlet in Pune. The outlet is located at Pune’s Phoenix Marketcity, Viman Nagar. With this addition, now Wonderchef has 6 outlets in the country besides its omni-channel presence across 5000 retail outlets.
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On the launch occasion, Mr. Ravi Saxena, Managing Director, Wonderchef Home Appliances(P) Ltd said, “Wonderchef has grown into a trusted & the most loved brand of non-stick cookware and healthy appliances in the country. Our clear focus is to strengthen this positioning. Everything we would do over the next three years would be in this direction till such time we are one of the top 3 players in kitchen industry in India. As of now we have total 6 EBOs and we plan to open 2 more stores in Delhi and 1 in Bangalore by next month. Soon we are going to be present across Metros with partners who are passionate about cooking and want to be a part of the growing Wonderchef family”.
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Chef Sanjeev Kapoor launched the Outlet amongst a huge gathering and a live Cooking Competition was the highlight of the launch. Chef Sanjeev Kapoor judged the recipes and gave away prizes. He said, “I am very happy and overwhelmed to see the enthusiasm and zeal in the people of Pune. It gives me immense pleasure to see an evolving cooking culture with such innovative recipes. Wonderchef is committed to empowering women by enabling them to cook better. 
Wonderchef stores in Mumbai are located at Linking Road(Khar), Infiniti Mall(Andheri West), Viviana Mall(Thane), R-City Mall(Ghatkopar), Seawoods Mall(Vashi) and now at Phoenix Marketcity(Pune).

28 June 2017

Vijay Vilas Palace, Mandvi - A Photo Essay !!!

I was writing my last post on Laxmi Vilas Palace of Vadodara and realised though I had written about Vijay Vilas Palace of Mandvi under collective, I had missed a dedicated post for all the pics I had clicked of it. So here is a photo essay of Vijay Vilas Palace, which I visited few years back.
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Though Vijay Vilas is not as magnificent as Vadodara's Laxmi Vilas it was Ashutosh Gowariker's movies which made Kutch and Vijay Vilas Palace famous. Sets of his movies Lagaan and Mohenjo Daro were set in Kutch. The palace appeared as the British Royal residence in Lagaan and Aishwarya Rai's house in Hum Dil de Chuke Sanam. 
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This redstone structure was built by Maharaja Rao Vijayrajji, the Maharaja of Kutch. The structure is built in Rajput style with traces of Bengal adding to its beauty. Being a summer retreat, the palace is small compared to other palaces of the region and houses few artefacts, furniture and photoframes
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The palace is surrounded by thick green which shelters peacocks, jackals and wild ass. The top most floor has an arched balcony and gives beautiful view of the surrounding green.
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Maharaja Vijayraji's Chhatri as seen from balcony

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Mandvi Beach and Royal family private beach as seen from the top floor of the palace.

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That seems like wild boar head, not sure though

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Travel Tips

Vijay Vilas Palace is around 7km from Mandvi city and can be best reached by private vehicle. Its another half a km walk from the vehicle parking area to the palace.

Entry Fee
Regular Days 5 years to 11 years Rs. 15/-, above 11 years 30/-
Sundays and Public Holidays 5 years to 11 years Rs. 25/-, above 11 years 45/-
Mobile Camera Rs. 25/-
Still Camera Rs. 50/-
Video Camera 200/-

Timings
9:00 am to 6:00 pm

16 June 2017

Laxmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara - Signifying the Maratha rule in Gujarat!!!

Been visited to Vijay Vilas Palace of Mandvi, I thought Vadodara's Laxmi Vilas Palace was related to it. Only to understand, they both were no where related except for being in the same state of Gujarat. While Vijay Vilas Palace is of Jadega Rajas of Kutch, Laxmi Vilas is of Gaekwad, the Maratha family who ruled Baroda state, the present day Vadodara of Gujarat state.
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On our trip to Ahmedabad and Vadodara, we reached Vadodara by 9 in the night and checked in to the OYO Rooms we had booked at Fatehjung road which was few minutes walk from Sayaji Baug. We had planned a two day stay at Vadodara, the first day for the city tour and the second to Pavagadh hills and Champaner. First day started with the visit to Laxmi Vilas Palace.
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The palace was built in 1890 in Indo-Saracenic style by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III. It still being the residence of the royal family, opens only a part to the public. You enter the palace through the back entrance of the palace, collect your audio guide if you wish and start your palace tour. After going through few of the exhibits inside the palace you are out to get the view of the main entrance of the palace which is on the opposite side. The stunning structure is so huge that its difficult to capture the entire structure in one frame. The beautiful greens and golf course makes the structure look even more beautiful.
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The ground has many statues and structures, off which the marble peacock urn is very well known. 
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Marble Peacock Urn in the palace ground

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Palace tower as seen from Marble Peacock Urn 

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A beautiful painting on the outer wall of the palace.
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Intricate carving on the window wall on the upper floor of the palace
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Watch for 2 crocodiles, 4 monkeys and bunches of grapes 


The palace has a huge collection of artefacts from different parts of the world, not to forget the original paintings of Raja Ravi Varma. The Durbar hall with chandeliers, stained glass window, Italian mosaic flooring has been the Bollywood hotspot with shoots going on most of the time. There is a cafeteria and souvenir shop too in the building. The palace compound also houses Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum and Moti Baug Palace both have separate entry gates from the main road and photography is strictly prohibited inside the palace and museum.


Travel Tips

Location
The palace is on the Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, around 3.5km from Vadodara Bus stand and railway station. And around 9km from Airport. 

Entry Fee and timing
Palace 
Rs. 225/- for Indians and Rs. 400/- for Foreigners
10:00 am to 5:00 pm 
Closed on Mondays and Public Holidays

Palace Museum 
Rs. 80/ for Indians and Rs. 150/- for Foreigners 
10:30 am to 5:30 pm
Closed on Mondays and Public Holidays

3 June 2017

'Little Chefs Workshop' with Amrita Kaur at Godrej Nature's Basket!!!

I have been associated with Godrej group for quite sometime. And Godrej Nature's Basket has been one of my favorite Food stores, for their variety and quality of food offered. Recently I was invited  to cover their Kids Workshop by Amrita Kaur at their Koregaon Park Store here in Pune. Being on her summer vacation kiddo didn't wanted to miss the workshop and were we both at their store last weekend. 
The recipes included Rainbow noodles Salad with Peanut butter dressing, Rainbow Nice Cream topped with nutty sprinkles and delicious Mango No-Bake Cheesecake Tart, easy, no flame colourful recipes which the kids really enjoyed whipping. Amrita wore Rainbow shades as well to go with the theme, and she made the workshop more interactive and interesting by giving kids nutrition, health and food vocab gyan.

No Bake Cheese Cake


Ingredients:
  • 1 Packet digestive biscuits, crushed coarsely.
  • Toasted nuts of your choice(almonds/pistachio/walnuts)
  • 2-3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 pinch cardamom powder
  • Pinch of Salt
For the cheesecake
  • 1 cup cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup whipped cream
  • Fresh mango pulp + sliced for garnish
  • 2 table spoos caster sugar
  • Juice/zest of half a lemon
  • Pinch of cardamom powder
Method
  • Combine the crushed biscuits with the nuts, melted butter, cardamom powder and salt in a mixing bowl. Take a spoonful and press tightly on bottom tightly on bottom of a tart shell.
  • Blend cream cheese, whipped cream mango puree, lemon juice & zest and cardamom powder and sugar using an electrical mix or a whisk until well combined. Top this cheesecake filling over the prepared tart crust and refrigerate.

Rainbow Noodles Salad(with peanut butter dressing)

Ingredients:
  • 50g soba noodles, boiled as per package instruction.
  • 1/2 cup mixed veggies, julienned(carrot, purple cabbage, spring onions, red & yellow bell peppers, raw mango)
  • Few springs of fresh coriander.
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame tp sprinkle on top.
For Peanut Dressing
  • 1 table spoon peanut butter
  • Juice of a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce.
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1/2 inch ginger grated
  • Few tablespoons water(to thin the dressing)
Method:
  • Toss all the Salad elements together veggies and noodles. Pour the prepared dressing over it and give it a good mix. Serve in a salad bowl with sesame and coriander on top.
Peanut Butter Dressing
Whisk all the ingredient together(Peanut butter, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, soy, honey, garlic, ginger and water as required)

Chef's Gyan: prepare dressing in glass jar, if excess can be stored and refrigerated for next use.

Rainbow Nice Cream


Ingredients
  • 2 Bananas, sliced and frozen
For Variations
  • 1 tablespoon fresh strawberries/raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon Blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mango slices
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of cardamom powder
  • Toasted nuts to top(almonds, pistachio & cranberries) finely chopped
Method
  • Make sure that banana are ripe. Slice and freeze. When the bananas are fully frozen, toss them into a food processor or high speed blender and blend until you achieve a consistency that resembles soft serve ice cream
  • Divide into 5 portions. Set one aside
  • Add strawberries/raspberries to one & blend
  • Add cocoa powder + vanilla to second & blend
  • Add blueberries to the third & blend
  • Finally mango slice & cardamom powder to the fourth and blend
  • Transfer all the blended flavours in one big bowl. Cream swirl using a spoon. Make sure to not mix completely.
Note: If your blender is having trouble processing, you can add 1-2 tablespoons milk/nut milk/soy milk to make it easier.
All smiles with their Rainbow Nice cream

Armita's Veggie, Fruit Vocab Gyan

Avacado in Hindi - Makhan Phal
Jamun in English - Black Plum
Fruit with 1000 seeds - Strawberry

These are only ones I could recall ;)

The store also had a photo booth where kids got their framed photographs in chef look. All in all the day was well spent whipping some yummy colorful dishes with lovely chef.