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Suriya Mandir 'comes' from Gwaliar to Malegaon

Wednesday September 26, 2012 09:21:20 AM, Staff Reporter



Malegaon: Unlike the tradition at other places in Maharashtra, the Ganesh decoration in Malegaon is observed only on the evening before the final immersion day. However Ekta Mandal which turns 25 this year has challenged the decades old custom by erecting a model of Gwaliar’s popular sacred hot spot – a move which is not only attracting a sizeable crowd but also giving sleepless nights to rival mandals of the city.

The mandal famous for creating replicas of the prominent Mandirs of neighbourhood and popular ones from across the country, in its silver jubilee year, has come out with a model of Gwaliar’s Surya Mandir originally built by GD Birla with such an architectural precision that people from all across the region are thronging the venue since the day one of the 10-day Ganesh Festival to have at least a look.

'Demi' Surya Mandir

"The entire structure built on around 3500sqft and having a 70 ft height is completely waterproof. Despite last ten days of heavy rains, one can see it standing high and totally fresh”, Pawar said.

“They have brought the Surya Mandir from Gwaliar to Malegaon. Its no less than a dream for people like us who cannot afford to travel to faraway places to have the sacred architect in front of us here itself”, Shivaji Maharaj, a keertan-kar who travelled 70 kms to have a look of the ‘demi Surya Mandir’ said while talking to

Brainchild of Sargeorao Pawar, an architect who is also one of the founder members of the mandal, the replica took 45 days and hard labour of 25 artists who came from Kolkata bringing along with them most of the materials including the bamboos in tonnes from West Bengal to get the job done successfully.


"The entire structure built on around 3500sqft and having a 70 ft height is completely waterproof. Despite last ten days of heavy rains, one can see it standing high and totally fresh”, Pawar said.

This is not the first time the mandal has attracted the attention. In the past 25 years the mandal every Ganesh Festival brought something new and unique for the city.


“Malegaon does not have a place to freak out especially for a family. We try to fill this gap at least once in a year during Ganesh Festival”, Sunil Gaikwad, the founder president of the mandal who is also a sitting Municipal Councillor said.

The mandal that had in the year 2008 introduced DJ music system in Malegaon during Ganesh festival has impressed the administration also by its discipline.


“We have a huge following and every year 20-25 thousand people join us for the immersion procession. But we strictly abide by the rules and take special care that we complete all rituals before the scheduled time, We have also brought eco-friendly Ganesh murti from Amravati which is made up of Shalu-Maati.”, Gaikwad said.


The efforts have not been unreturned. Impressed by the discipline, the administration handed them the ‘Most Disciplined Mandal Award’ for four consecutive years.










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