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#ganeshotsav2018: Echoing devotion with every dhol tasha beat

Updated: Sep 16, 2018 18:20 IST

One of the members of Shivamudra dhol tasha troup in front of Kesariwada Ganesh Festival procession in Pune on Thursday. (RAVINDRA JOSHI/HT PHOTO)

Members of Shivamudra dhol tasha troup perfom in front of Kesariwada Ganesh Festival procession in Pune on Thursday. (RAVINDRA JOSHI/HT PHOTO)

City boasts of 170 dhol tasha pathaks with more than 22,000 participants between the age group of seven and 85 years. (HT PHOTO)

The dhol is often known as a mangal vadya (celebratory instrument) as well as ran vadya (instrument fro encouragement during a battle). Women perform in a sequence playing dhol’s during Ganpati festival procession on Laxmi road in Pune. (HT PHOTO)

The Kasba Ganpati, the first to be installed in the city, was led in a procession on Laxmi road on Thursday. (HT PHOTO)

The Tambdi Jogeshwari Ganpati is considered by many as the second of the ‘manache paanch’, here, also, on Laxmi road on Thursday. (HT PHOTO)

The Ganpati at Guruji Talim mandal, one of the ‘manache paanch’, was installed on Thursday after a procession that was taken out via Laxmi road. (HT PHOTO)

Tulsibag Ganpati mandal on Thursday, being installed as one of the ‘manache paanch’. (RAVINDRA JOSHI/HT PHOTO)

The Kesariwada Ganesh procession on Thursday, completes the ‘manache paanch’, with this mandal tracing its history back to Lokmanya Tilak . (RAVINDRA JOSHI/HT PHOTO)

Processions to the sound of dhol-tasha troupes are the highlight of the Ganesha statues being welcomed for Ganesh Chaturthi on Thursday. All the old areas of the city were full of troupes like this, welcoming Ganpati to the city. (HT PHOTO)

Work is on in full swing in Bhosari, on Thursday, as the stage is being set, ahead of Ganeshotsav. (HT PHOTO)

The students in process of making eco­friendly idols made up with clay at City International school, Satara for Ganeshotsav in Pune. (RAHUL RAUT/HT PHOTO)

People purchasing flowers ahead of Ganeshotsav at Mandai in Pune. (Ht PHOTO)

Gauri idols (Laxmi) kept at a stall for sale ahead of Ganeshotsav at Mandai in Pune. (HT PHOTO)

People purchasing decorative material for Ganapati festival at Mandai in Pune. (HT PHOTO)

Environment Conservation Association and Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation organises free training program to make eco­friendly Ganesh idols with clay in Nigidi, Pune. Students along with various members of different non-governmental organisations took part in the training. (HT PHOTO)

People purchasing decorative material for Ganapati festival at Mandai in Pune. (HT PHOTO)

The students were taught easy techniques to make eco­friendly idols made up with clay at City International school, Satara for Ganeshotsav in Pune. (HT PHOTO)

A large number of people are seen around the Dagdusheth Ganpati pandal at Mandai in Pune. (Ht PHOTO)

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