By Hindustan Times
New Delhi, Sept. 1 -- As the Capital comes alive today with the festive fervour of Ganesh Chaturthi, the city will see various festivities hosted by 22 Marathi mandals (committees) in the 11 days to come. The celebrations will see live Lavni performances, colourful puja pandals and yummy modaks.
"There are about 2.5 lakh Marathis settled in the Capital, who celebrate this festival by offering prayers to the Lord and with live performances and special events," says Kunal Mahajani, manager of Brihan Maharashtra Bhawan in Paharganj. The bhawan will also put up a Ganesha pandal where devotees can pay their offerings.
The most popular pandals in the city are known to be those in the Uttam Nagar and Lakshmi Nagar areas of the Capital. "These pandals are known for their idols, which are made by a special type of mud only found in Maharashtra," says Hemant Khopar, a member of the