Pillayar Chaturthi is big in Mumbai with ten days of high (decibel) level celebrations. At home, I try and recreate the same atmosphere by playing Seerkazhi's songs on Pillayar Chaturthi day. Most Ganpati idols sold in Mumbai are the ones with the naamam. Not wanting to 'Karamadu -Saathumadufy' my Pillayar, I buy Him at an authentic South Indian store where you get 'namma ooru - pucca Iyer' pillayars, in techni-color though. We don't get Mann pillayars here which, I believe are the most authentic versions. During my initial years in Mumbai, I tried to make kozhukuttais but was never successful. Having been inspired by the Shahrukhs and Suryas of filmdom, for the last couple of years our Pillayar is on a perennial diet with Paal and pazham for Neivedhyam .
This year, when a friend suggested that I be part of an activity where a corporate 'sponsors' my Visarjan, I was all excited... and decided to extend Ganpati's stay at home for two more days. Today being the fifth day after Ganpati, His visarjan was 'sponsored' by a corporate. At around 11.30 sharp He was greeted with 'dhols' and 'drums' at the entrance of our building. He was carried to the truck which was beautifully decorated with flowers. Our neighbors wondered whatever happened to this quiet-unassuming (ya ya... its us!) couple in their neighboorhood. In a huge truck was perched, our little Pillayar-patti hero. After non-stop dhamaal for ten full minutes, he bid adieu to us... It was truly a memorable Visarjan for us! Thanks SG and GS!... Ganpati Bappa Morya! Pudhchyavarshi lavkar ya! See you next year dude!