Shilpa Shetty Kundra and other celebs welcome Lord Ganesha at home

Sep 13, 2018, 14:20 IST
  • Shilpa Shetty Kundra and other celebs welcome Lord Ganesha at home

    Like every year, Shilpa Shetty Kundra with husband Raj Kundra all gear up to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi. 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.

    In picture: Shilpa and Raj seen carrying Lord Ganesha from a workshop in Chinchpokli to their residence Juhu, Mumbai.

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    "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 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.

    In picture: Shilpa Shetty Kundra shakes a leg as she welcomes Lord Ganesha home.

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  • Shilpa Shetty Kundra and other celebs welcome Lord Ganesha at 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.

    In picture: Raj Kundra and son Viaan at their Juhu residence welcoming Ganpati.

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  • Shilpa Shetty Kundra and other celebs welcome Lord Ganesha at home

    "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 Shilpa.

    In picture: Shilpa and husband Raj perform pooja as they welcome Lord Ganesha home.

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  • Shilpa Shetty Kundra and other celebs welcome Lord Ganesha at 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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    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," said Shilpa.

    In picture: Shilpa and husband Raj perform pooja as they welcome Lord Ganesha home.

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    Shilpa Shetty further added, "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."

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    Like every year, Sanjay Dutt's family also welcomes Lord Ganesha at their home in Bandra, Mumbai.

    In picture: Sanjay Dutt's son Shahraan seen welcoming the elephant-god.

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  • Shilpa Shetty Kundra and other celebs welcome Lord Ganesha at home

    On the work front, Sanjay Dutt has a jam-packed month scheduled as the actor is shooting for two varied films Torbaaz and Kalank simultaneously.

    In picture: Shahraan and Iqra Dutt welcome Lord Ganesha at their residence in Bandra.

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  • Shilpa Shetty Kundra and other celebs welcome Lord Ganesha at home

    While the actor shot for Torbaaz in Kyrgyzstan earlier this month, he will be shooting in Mumbai for Kalank in the latter half.

    In picture: Iqra welcomes Lord Ganesha at her residence in Bandra.

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    J.P. Dutta and family also welcomed Lord Ganesha at their residence with great gusto.

    In picture: J.P. Dutta and daughter Nidhi pose for the photographers.

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    J.P. Dutta and family revel in the festivities with dhol tasha as they welcomed Lord Ganesha home.

    In picture: Nidhi Dutta shakes a leg as she dances to dhol tasha.

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    Race 3 actress Daisy Shah welcomed an eco-friendly Ganesha at her residence.

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    Race 3 director Remo D'Souza also began his day by bringing home the Ganesha idol from the workshop in Chinchpokli.

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Shilpa Shetty Kundra along with husband Raj Kundra and son Vivaan welcomed Lord Ganesha at her residence in Juhu, Mumbai. Sanjay Dutt, J.P. Dutta, Daisy Shah and Remo D'Souza welcomed the elephant-god at their residences. All pictures/Yogen Shah and Shadab Khan

 

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