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The Ganpati festival is to Mumbai what Durga Puja is to Kolkata, and Diwali is to north India. A day before Mumbai celebrates its most-loved god, asks some Bollywood stars how they celebrate the festival.

Rani Mukerji

I believe in god. Every year we have Ganpati puja in our home. In our house, the Ganpati idol stays for two and a half days. Every year, we immerse the idol.

We are Bengali. We celebrate the Ganpati puja according to Bengali rituals and the bhog is also prepared Bengali style. We prepare Khichdi, Chutney and a vegetable preparation called Labra.

Our cook prepares diet food for mom, dad and me. But this year she is not there so we will bring the bhog from the Iskon temple in Juhu. They prepare the bhog without onion and garlic. The panditji who does the puja for us is not well this year. So we are looking for another pujari.

On these two days, before going for my shooting and coming back, I pray to Ganpati Bappa. And I also enjoy myself! My older brother Raja is also a great devotee of Ganpati Bappa. He's the one who is most eager to celebrate. I'm busy with my shooting, so Raja looks after everything, from bringing the idol, the rituals to the immersion.

It was his plan that we should bring the bhog from the Iskon temple. His wife Jyoti and her parents are members of the temple.

Text: Lavleen | Design: Uday Kuckian

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