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History of Panvel
Panvel is about 300 years old, developed around trade routes (both land and sea), during the Mughal rule and hence after by the Marathas, the British and the Portuguese. The city prospered and grew due to the influence of large scale trade by land and sea. This was characterised by the large Wadas that came up during the Peshwahi and post-Peshwahi period. It is also said that old name of this city was Pavanpalli. There were Historic cannons(During Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj) situated indecently on Panvel port.


Festivals in Panvel

Ceremony of Dahi Handi: In some parts of India, Janmashtami is enjoyed with the ceremony of dahi handi. Dahi handi is the Hindi term. Actually, it refers to the earthen pot of milk, curd or butter (makhan). Festival in Panvel In fact, one of the most popular activities of the Krishnashtami is breaking of the pot 'dahi handi'. So, let us find out about Janmashtami celebrations and the pot breaking ceremony. Generally, the ceremony of dahi handi is enjoyed on the second day of Janmashtami. It is indeed breaking a pot full of milk and milk products. The first day is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Krishna and the second day replicates the love of Krishna for milk, curd and butter. Legends have it that Krishna was very fond of milk and milk products and hence, used to steal it from the pot of village girl and women. In order to save the pot, women hung the pot high up with the help of a rope. However, Lord Krishna did not even spare these hung pots. He, along with his friends made human pyramid and baby Krishna climbed up the human ladder and broke the pot to eat butter or curd. Till today, this breaking of butter or curd pot is considered auspicious and the ceremony of dahi handi is followed religiously. Maharashtra and cities like Pune and Mumbai are well known for the exact performance of traditional dahi handi ceremony.

During this day, large earthenware pot is filled with milk, curds, butter, honey fruits etc. and is suspended from a height of say about twenty to forty feet. Young men and boys form a pyramid by standing on each other's shoulder to enable the last person on top to break the pot and claim their prize. The funny part of this ceremony is that while forming the human pyramid, it dismantles many time. But no one gives up hope and keeps trying!

Ganeshotsav: ( Ten Day Festivals ) Being the first honored Ganpati, Shri Kasba Ganpati Mandal celebrates Ganpati Festival every year with the same cultural tradition as it was started in the year 1893 by great freedom fighter Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak. Festival days are the days that no one can forget as the Mandal celebrates Ganesh Chathurthi festival is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm. The Mandal volunteers as well as the common man takes an active part in all the activities of the Mandal.

The festival starts with the installation rituals of Lord Ganesh on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. On this day, the idol of Lord Ganesh is carried into the Utsav Mandap. During the procession devotees place the idol of Lord Ganesh in a Palkhi, which is carried on shoulders. The palkhi is made up of silver. After coming into the Utsav Mandap Lord Ganesh is installed by a sacred person. In Marathi, it is called as 'Pranpratishtha'. After the installation, everyone participates in the pooja and arti of Lord Ganesh and thus commences the ten day long festival.

During the festival days, the Mandal conducts various social as well as cultural programs for personal and social development. The Mandal conducts Bhajans, and Satsang programs. Various groups come and sing the Bhajans with great dignity and devotion. Apart from cultural programs, social programs like free eye check-up and blood check-up programs, interviews of social workers, debates are conducted which creates social awareness in public. For children, a "Vividh-Gundarshan" program is organized in which children between the age group of 3 to 12 years perform various plays, dance, and display their talents in the field of music, poetry, and art. The activity builds a sense of belongingness and teamwork among the youth.

The Mandal also believes in women empowerment. One day of the Ganesh Chathurthi festival is dedicated to women. On this day, all the Mandal activities are taken care by female volunteers, which help them to utilize their skills, and creativity in a social manner. The activities include performing morning Aarti, evening Pooja, receiving and taking care of guests, and managing all the support activities. The last day is the most important day for every one as the idol of Lord Ganesh is immersed on this day. Shri Kasba Ganpati Mandal leads the immersion procession. Shri Kasba Ganpati starts the immersion procession, followed by the other mandals in Pune city. These ten days bring everyone together. Bond by their love and devotion for Lord Ganesh people work with a zeal making it a socio-cultural development of individuals.


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