From the time we moved to Hyderabad in 2007, we have never missed attending the Nimjjan, but for the first year when we did not know that it is such a grand event here! Infact, Su and I used to always talk about how we might have moved to Bengaluru next year, but would come to Hyderabad during this time every year just to take part in the Nimajjan. Oh well!

The best thing I like about Nimajjan is that it brings people from all walks of life together. On their bikes, cars, trucks, on ice-cream carts and hand pulleys, you see Ganesha everywhere. And even a person carrying a smallll Ganesha from his house on his head is as excited as the huge group of people on their truck. That’s the real beauty of the whole thing! I wish I wish people could all go the clay way, but awareness is slowly but steadily increasing.

And so, like I promised, here are some pics from the day, 11th Sep 2011. Gud girl, amn’t I :mrgreen:

The stage is set – Hussain Sagar!

The crowd!

BharatMata, her Lokpal trishulΒ  and black money πŸ˜€

Hey Ram! He said he wanted his Ganesha to match him, and so the glasses!

Β LOL πŸ˜› When Su went to take his pic, his friends said ‘Bhakt ko prasad dijiye maharaj’ and so he blessed Su with his trunk and gave him a flower too πŸ˜‰

Ganesha seated on the World Cup – hd to be there rt πŸ˜‰

This one based on the incident where Sai Baba asks people from all religions/castes to put rice and dal in one big vessel and shows them that it makes the same khichdi where you cannot seperate Hindu rice/ Muslim rice etc.. πŸ™‚

A few other chariots for the Lord πŸ™‚

Ganesha here Ganesha there, Ganesha Ganesha everywhere [Ahem! Lame translation of a Kannada song which goes ‘Alli nodu Ganesha, illi nodu Ganesha, ellelli nodu Ganesha’ ]

Over the years, you start recognizing and wait for people from some pandals. Like the fur one here on the top right corner. I had shared a pic ofΒ  a small teddy-bear Ganesha from the same group in 2009 [Picture here]. I did not post in 2010 but they had a slightly bigger Krishna-like Ganesha made of fur. And this year they have beaten all their records. No! They don’t immerse this idol; they have a small clay idol which they worship and immerse. Can u spot the Puri Ganesha also – I loved that one πŸ™‚

Quite a colourful tour, wasn’t it πŸ™‚ With all roads blocked, and having to walk atleast 6-7 kms one way to see a good part of the procession, the Nimajjan still never tires you.Β  Infact, you don’t even realize that you have traversed all that distance!

That’s it from 2011. Do plan a trip to Hyd next year same time, so that u get to see the Nimajjan live and meet me too πŸ˜› πŸ˜›