Shilpa Shetty gears up for Ganpati celebration at her home

Sep 11, 2018, 11:45 IST
  • Shilpa Shetty gears up for Ganpati celebration at her home

    Since she got married in 2009 (barring last year as she was yet to complete her late father's barsi ritual), the super-fit actor-entrepreneur - Shilpa Shetty Kundra has been welcoming Ganesha's idol at home ever since.

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  • Shilpa Shetty gears up for Ganpati celebration at her home

    "After I became an actor, someone told me about Lalbaugcha Raja. So, I visited the Parel pandal with immense faith and certain good things happened in my life. I don't know if it was a coincidence but I am a believer in the fact that when you put a thought in the universe, it manifests. So, when my wishes were fulfilled, I decided that if and when I get married, I will bring Ganuraja home," Shilpa Shetty told mid-day.

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  • Shilpa Shetty gears up for Ganpati celebration at her home

    Shilpa Shetty Kundra can't help but gobble a steamed modak in the middle of shaping Ganesha's favourite sweet at her Juhu home. "I love modak!"

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  • Shilpa Shetty gears up for Ganpati celebration at her home

    Shilpa Shetty Kundra gets a mini version of the Ganesh idol associated with Mumbai city's most famed pandal 'Lalbaugcha Raja' situated in Parel. Interestingly, it is made by the same murtikar, Santosh Kambli.

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  • Shilpa Shetty gears up for Ganpati celebration at her home

    Shilpa Shetty Kundra's family believes in Ganpati. In fact, earlier, whenever in town, the actor would walk barefoot to Siddhivinayak temple on Tuesdays from her Mahim home. But her fondest childhood memories are of visiting the many pandals of Chembur. "We would usher in Ganesh Chaturthi by dropping by all the famous pandals in Chembur. The biggest Ganpatis used to be at Duke's, RK and Tilaknagar. We would head there for darshan and it was quite an event! My mum used to make us stand in the queue, and at times, we didn't get a modak even after waiting for hours [laughs]! But it was the night out with our parents that we still cherish fondly," recalls the actor.

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  • Shilpa Shetty gears up for Ganpati celebration at her home

    Shilpa Shetty speaks of on particular event that she remembers with excitement. "Once, Mithun Chakraborty had come to a pandal in Chembur. I was a big fan! It felt like the whole suburb had showed up. I must have been 10 at the time. I didn't get to see him, and I was heartbroken. I remember mum telling me, 'You didn't come to see Mithun Chakraborty; you came to see God!' So nowadays, when I visit pandals, as a known face, I am reminded of my childhood and the Mithun da episode," she smiles.

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  • Shilpa Shetty gears up for Ganpati celebration at her home

    For three years on the trot, Shilpa Shetty Kundra has been bringing home an eco-friendly idol made of clay by Santosh Kambli. "When I requested Santosh to make the idol with clay, he was worried that it would develop cracks, but it didn't. And this year, I will also immerse the idol at home and water the plants with what's left. We celebrate the festival with such fanfare and a banjo party, but it pains me to see that the day after visarjan, the water becomes toxic; besides, there are bits of the idol strewn on the beach, it's terrible. I thought if I want to set an example for my son, I have to change. Even for decorations, we will swap thermocol for dried leaves and bamboo mats. I have also invited Viaan's school friends for an activity to make clay Ganpatis. I want children to understand the ethos behind the festival but also have fun," said Shilpa.

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  • Shilpa Shetty gears up for Ganpati celebration at her home

    "Hamare ghar mein bhagwan bhi diet pe hai," joked Shilpa Shetty Kundra when she mentioned that the prasad for 10 days is made with coconut sugar or jaggery. The actor is known for her Diwali parties and Ganpati celebrations, which she cherishes as she feels that with a busy schedule, these days are the only opportunity to spend time with her family and friends. "Those two days are full-on binge! People come to my home just to eat [laughs]. For Ganpati, people come at odd times and throughout the day. So you should make something that can be eaten at any point of the day. For beverages, I keep lassi, kesar ka doodh, filter coffee and kulhad chai ready. I have a chaat corner, and also serve idli, kulfi and rabdi jalebi. But I make things with sugar alternatives. When it comes to festive food, it's best when people enjoy it," says the health- conscious actor.

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About The Gallery

A weeklong Ganesh special series will take you into the lives and homes as celebrities from the city open up about their memories around Mumbai's favourite festival. Each of the five specials will include a peek into their childhood and family moments, yummy home-cooked delights like modaks, and lots of fervour around the 10-day extravaganza that grips the Maximum City. Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty, our first celebrity in the series, invites you into her home for a whiff of festive eats and culinary memories!

All pictures: Nimesh Dave 

 

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