Ganpati Aala Re....

Our telly stars talk about the amazing festival of Ganesh Chaturthi and their experiences in life..

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It's the time of the year to yell "Ganpati Bappa Morya"! Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the fiestas where we can absolutely afford to get footloose and be pious at the same time.

Our telly stars take time out to talk about this amazing festival and the deity who is the center of the celebration.


Arjun Bijlani:

How are you planning to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi this year?
Well nothing special. On the 22nd night, I'll be getting the Ganpati idol, and on 23rd morning we will be having our first puja after which I'll probably head back to shoot. On the 24th evening we will be doing the visarjan.

Will you be having a celebration on the sets too?
I don't know about the exact plan of our crew. But I'll tell you one thing - our camera first shoots the aarti of Ganpati every single day and only then starts rolling for the serial.

Have you experienced the divine intervention of Lord Ganesha in your life?
Yes I have. During my modeling days for some reason, things weren't working out for me. I just started visiting Siddhivinayak mandir every Tuesday during those difficult times. And you won't believe it, after that, every good thing that has happened to me, be it signing for the serial or any ad or any other audition, it has happened on a Tuesday.
Now my faith in Ganpati has become so much that I start anything, or do any auspicious thing on a Tuesday. Many people have built different theories on my belief, but it works for me, so I do it.

Panchi Bohra:

How are you planning to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi this year?
I will definitely visit a mandap to take Ganpati's blessings, either here or in Pune. Last year I was lucky enough to visit Lal Baugcha Raja, in spite of the crowd. Let's hope this year also it happens.

Have you experienced the divine intervention of Lord Ganesha in your life?
Yes, once I was suffering terribly due to some problem in my eye. So I visited Siddhivinayak temple and asked Ganpati to heal it. Since the visit my eye is completely fine.

Kapil Nirmal:

How are you planning to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi this year?
I've not made any plans yet. But let me see (checks his phone), oh, we will be shooting that day. So can't go visiting pandals.

Will you be having a celebration on the sets too?
As it is, everyday, we take a darshan of Ganpati and then enter the sets. I don't know if there will be a big-scale celebration, but a certain amount of festivity will be there in the air for sure.

Have you experienced the divine intervention of Lord Ganesha in your life?
Yes I have. During the Maths paper of my board exams, I attempted only 30 marks questions out of 100 marks (laughs). Yeah, I was that bad at mathematics. And the passing itself was 38 marks. So I walked out of the hall thinking I'm gonna flunk my boards for sure.
But at the same time, I made a tiny request to Ganpati saying, - Maharaj, this is my 10th standard. Please just this one time, save me. And would you believe it, I passed my Maths paper with 42 marks! That was truly a chamatkar(miracle) for me!

Vishal Karwal:

How are you planning to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi this year?
Well, just like last year. By visiting my friends' places and doing darshan of the idols kept at their places. You see, the whole tradition of Ganpati is new to me because I'm from North India. But after coming here I really am enjoying this tradition.

Will you be having a celebration on the sets too?
No we are having holiday.( he sounds like a school kid who got a day off from school.)

Have you experienced the divine intervention of Lord Ganesha in your life?
Umm…no.

Shubhangi Atre:

How are you planning to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi this year?
I'm going on Saturday to shop for Ganesh murti(idol). I seat Ganpati for three days. We will bring the idol into our house with lots of celebration and the visarjan will have double the fun. I have always enjoyed this festival. I have a lot of fond memories associated with it. When I was a child I used to take part in dance competitions organized in my society during Ganesh Chaturthi. So you know, this festival is truly close to my heart.

Have you experienced the divine intervention of Lord Ganesha in your life?
Well, no I have not. But that does not mean I have diminished faith in Lord Ganesha. I believe wholly that if anyone asks for anything with true need, then Bappa will surely come to their rescue.

Chandana Sharma:


How are you planning to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi this year?
Well, I'm not sure because its not been declared whether it's off for us or not. In case I get a holiday I will go to my friends' place to do darshan. If I'm pressed for time then I will visit my neighbor's place who has also kept Ganpati.

Will you be having a celebration on the sets too?
We might have a small celebration with the distribution of Prasad.

Have you experienced the divine intervention of Lord Ganesha in your life?
Well, you see, I don't restrict my faith to just one God. Rather I feel all Gods are one.

Wishing all the readers on India-Forums a Very Happy Ganesh Chaturthi...

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  • Posted on: 07 October 2009 at 10:03pmsudhalata1

    divine intervention for kapil

    aisa sabhi ke saath kabhi na kabhi hua hoga

  • Posted on: 05 October 2009 at 9:53ambobbiedhillon

    Kapil is religious.....hmmm another reason to like him

  • Posted on: 27 September 2009 at 11:30amsuranji

    he is always in a fun mood now ..

  • Posted on: 21 September 2009 at 10:42pmusmrasul

    like the way kapil lightens up things

  • Posted on: 16 September 2009 at 5:58amadits7

    gud..specially chandana's 1...lkd it...

  • Posted on: 01 September 2009 at 9:36amsanaya-groverz

    kool...........thnxxxxxx..............

  • Posted on: 24 August 2009 at 12:52pmArjaAddict

    ohhhh shubhangi u r soo so sweeeeeet....missing u n karan patel!!

    panchiiiiiiii u r so sweet!!!love ya!!

  • Posted on: 24 August 2009 at 12:26pmarjun-arohi

    ohhhhhhhhhhh panchi reallyyyyyyy miiiiiiiiising u

  • Posted on: 24 August 2009 at 6:22ampan20

    missing panchi & shabir....last yr it was gud to see her in sbs & aajtak but this yr, am missing her..love u panchi

  • Posted on: 24 August 2009 at 3:20am-Preeti-

    Happy Ganesh Chathurthi to all

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