Updated: Sep 14, 2017, 03:07 PM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Brihannmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has fined several Ganeshotsav Mandals of Mumbai for damaging the road by erecting poles during the festive period.The Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal has also been slapped with a fine of Rs 4.86 lakh for creating potholes, while preparing ‘mandaps’ and for violating other guidelines by the municipal corporation.A fine of Rs 4.14 lakh has also been imposed on the Mumbaicha Raja Mandal for the same.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Affected with the unprecedented crisis at the University of Mumbai due to delayed results, several university students turned to Lalbaugcha Raja to resolve their problems.A number of letters from aggrieved students have found their way to donation boxes at Lalbaugcha Raja. While the temple trust is yet to count the letters, they confirmed several such requests poured in for the deity this year.”We get thousands of letters from students every year. But this year, we found a few letters in which students had expressed their woes after the university failed to declare their results in time. Students have prayed to the deity for the announcement of results at the earliest so that their future won’t be at stake,” said Mahesh Jadhav, treasurer of the mandal. Jadhav said that a few members of the core team happened to skim through the letters in which students had expressed their plight about losing on opportunities of higher education and jobs due to delayed results.”We will count the number of letters soon and would then know how many such letters have come in,” added Jadhav.This year, results of over 4 lakh students were delayed due to a newly introduced digital evaluation system. Introduced by VC Sanjay Deshmukh, who has now been sent on ‘forced leave’, the system left thousands of students in the lurch as over 59,000 of 19 lakh answer sheets are yet to be evaluated. The university’s help desk which is set up to address the issues of incorrect results and to aid students pursuing higher education get their results in time has already addressed over 1,000 complaints in the last one month.”Students are rendered helpless due to the collapse of this entire system. With the failure of the university to declare results in time and to address the resulting issues, it’s not a surprise that students are now requesting the deity to help them sail through this,” said Sanjay Vairal, an ex-Senate member at the university.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chetan Joshi, a builder by profession, bought the most expensive article offered by a devotee to Lalbaugcha Raja this year. He bid the one kg gold biscuit for Rs 31.35 lakh. After its purchase, the total auction amount at Lalbaugcha Raja this year stood at Rs 97,96,500.”In 2016, the auction amount stood at Rs 1.5 crore, collected from over 225 articles of which the total weight of gold was 5 kg, and that of silver was 80 kg,” said Mahesh Jadhav, treasurer of the mandal.This year, there were 125 articles offered, which mandal officials said probably fell due to the rains. Only 82 were auctioned. Of these, the total gold weighed 5.5 kg, while silver weighed 75 kg. Besides the one kilogram gold brick, there were two gold idols of Lord Ganpati and Goddess Lakshmi collectively weighing over 1.1kg. The Ganpati weighing .587 kg was bid at Rs 15.60 lakh, while the Lakshmi idol weighing .517 kg was bid for Rs 15.60 lakh. There were also two gold chains around .250 kg. Offerings this year also saw notes banned from circulation post demonitisation. They stood at Rs 1.30 lakh. Articles not auctioned due to lack of time, mandal organisers say will be auctioned on Monday amongst themselves, said Jadhav.Sudhir Salvi, secretary of Lalbaugcha Raja Ganeshutsav Mandal said, “We will ask our chartered accountant what to do with these (banned) notes. The decision will be taken tomorrow.”Those present said the crowd that comes for auction was less compared to previous years. This is despite the fact that the auction was for one day, as compared to more than one day earlier. Members of the Samiti said it was due to demonitisation.However, that was in no way an indicator of the enthusiasm of devotees participating in the auction. “I have been coming every year for the last six years. I feel that whatever I am taking from here is prasad of the Lord,” said Jyoti Bhaktha, who purchased a 12 gram gold chain for Rs 50,000.While she purchased just one article, some others purchased multiple ones. Rahul Upadhyay was one who did. After purchasibg a gold chain, he purchased a silver-plated sword. “I have been coming here for the past 10 years.It is god’s blessings that I take home with me,” said Upadhyay.Those like Dimple Thakkar, who had come to buy a house, missed out on it. “Someone bid for the house higher than I did. Since I had come for first time, I took 10g modaks as prasad from him,’ said Dimple Thakkar. “I now want them to put up more gold modak’s for auction as my mother and brother also want them,” she added.Auction 2017Members of the samiti said that due to demonitisation, the crowd was less compared to the previous year, which saw 225 articles auctionedArticles not auctioned due to lack of time, mandal organisers say will be auctioned on Monday among themselves, said Jadhav
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A devotee has offered Ganesh and Lakhsmi idols made of gold at the famous Lalbaugcha Raja Ganpati in Mumbai. Together, the idols weigh around 1 kilogram and over 100 grams. Worth around Rs 31.51 lakh, it is already one of the big offerings made here this year.Lalbaughcha Raja sees thousands of followers queue up every day for darshan in Mumbai during the festive season. “It is true,” said Balasaheb Kamble, president of the Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshutsav Mandal. “Both the idols were put in the hundi by a devotee on the first day. But we do not know the devotee’s identity. This is the biggest offering so far, this year,” said Mahesh Jadhav, treasurer of the Mandal. Each year, Lalbaugcha Raja auctions the offering and uses the money for welfare activities. “Last year’s collection was around Rs 6.75 crores,” said Jadhav.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ganapati Bappa has arrived in Mumbai and has made sure that the festivities be washed in cold rain waters. That has done little to dampen the spirits of the Mumbaikar whose enthusiasm to ring in Ganesh Chaturthi with gusto knows no bound.But rains are not the only obstacle. In another train derailment accident, four front coaches of Suburban CST-Andheri local train derailed near Mahim in Mumbai, on Friday morning. Consequently, the Traffic Harbour Line services were affected between Andheri and Wadala on Harbour line. That has added to the misery of being stuck in a traffic jam in the streets of Mumbai.If one to carefully plan their commute in the Maximum City on Friday, they need to know that according to a report in Hindustan Times, Mumbai Traffic Police have shut 53 roads during the Ganeshotsav, 54 roads are made one-way streets and 99 roads are closed for parking.Colaba, Pydhonie, Kalbadevi, Malabar Hill, Tardeo, Bhoiwada will see about 21 roads shut in South Mumbai. In the western suburbs, 12 roads in Borivali, Andheri, Kandivali, Aarey Colony, Juhu, Vile Parle and Santacruz will be closed for traffic.These restrictions have become active on midnight and shall last for next four days.Other specific restrictions include daily changes of the route near Lalbaugcha Raja. Closed roads from Bharat Mata Junction to Bawla Compound from 3 pm -7 pm every day.The reports also said that five traffic police control rooms have been set up Girgaum Chowpatty, Shivaji Park Chowpatty, Bada Masjid, Bandra, Juhu Chowpatty and Ganesh Ghat-Powai for immersion. 3600 traffic police personnel and 500 traffic wardens have been deployed to smoothen the process with the help of NGO volunteers as well.For real time updates on the logjams and other traffic related issues, Mumbaikars can also check Twitter handle @ridlrmumbai.